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San Jose Sharks
San Jose Sharks
Conference Western
Division Pacific
Founded 1991
History San Jose Sharks
1991 - present
Home Arena HP Pavilion at San Jose
("The Shark Tank")
City San Jose, California
Colors Pacific Teal, Black, Orange
Media FSN Bay Area
KFOX (98.5 FM)
Owner(s) San Jose Sports & Entertainment Enterprises
General Manager Flag of Canada Doug Wilson
Head Coach Flag of Canada Tod McLellan
Captain Flag of Canada Patrick Marleau
Minor League Affiliates Worcester Sharks (AHL)
Phoenix RoadRunners (ECHL)
Stanley Cups None
Conference Championships None
Division Championships 2001-02, 2003-04

The San Jose Sharks are a professional ice hockey team based in San Jose, California, United States. They are members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL).


Franchise History

San Jose's first logo (1991-2007).

Bringing hockey back to the Bay Area

Although Northern California was not considered a particularly fertile hockey market, the NHL's 1967-68 expansion included a Bay Area team, primarily because the terms of a new television agreement with CBS called for two of the new teams to be located in California. Thus, the Oakland Seals were one of the six expansion teams added, but were a failure both on the ice and at the gate. After nine money-losing seasons and continued low attendance, in 1976 the Seals were sold to Cleveland businessmen George and Gordon Gund and moved to Cleveland, where they became the Barons. After two more years of losses, the Gunds were permitted to merge the Barons with the financially struggling Minnesota North Stars (now the Dallas Stars). The Gunds emerged as the owners of the North Stars as part of the deal.

The Gunds had long wanted to bring hockey back to the Bay Area, and asked the NHL for permission to move the North Stars there in the late 1980s, but were vetoed by the league. Meanwhile, a group led by former Hartford Whalers owner Howard Baldwin was pushing the NHL to bring a team to San Jose, where a new arena was being built. Eventually a compromise was struck by the league, where the Gunds would sell their share of the North Stars to Baldwin's group, with the Gunds receiving an expansion team in the Bay Area to begin play in the 1991-92 NHL season.[1] In return, the North Stars would be allowed to participate as an equal partner in an expansion draft with the new Bay Area team.

On May 5, 1990, the Gunds officially sold their share of the North Stars to Baldwin and were awarded a new team in the Bay Area, based in San Jose. Over 5000 potential names were submitted by mail for the new team. While the first-place finisher was "Blades," the Gunds were concerned about the name's negative connotations (weapons, etc) and went with the runner-up, "Sharks." The name was said to have been inspired by the large number of sharks living in the Pacific Ocean. Seven different varieties live there, and one area of water near the Bay Area is known as the "red triangle" because of its shark population. The team's first marketing head, Matt Levine, said of the new name, "Sharks are relentless, determined, swift, agile, bright and fearless. We plan to build an organization that has all those qualities." [2]

George Kingston years (1991-93)

For their first two seasons, the Sharks played at the Cow Palace in Daly City, just outside San Francisco. During this time, under coach George Kingston, they were one of the worst teams in the NHL, as often happens to expansion teams — 71 losses and a 17-game losing streak, while earning a mere 24 points in the standings. Unsurprisingly, Kingston was fired following the end of the 1992-93 season.

Kevin Constantine years (1993-97)

For their third season, 1993-94, the Sharks moved to their current home, the San Jose Arena (now the HP Pavilion at San Jose). Under head coach Kevin Constantine, the Sharks pulled off one of the biggest turnarounds in NHL history, finishing with a 33-35-16 record, making the playoffs with 82 points — a 58-point jump from the previous season. They were seeded 8th in the Western Conference playoffs and faced the Detroit Red Wings, the near-unanimous pick to win the Stanley Cup. However, in one of the biggest upsets in Stanley Cup Playoff history, the underdog Sharks shocked the Red Wings in seven games. In the second round, the Sharks had a 3-2 lead over the Toronto Maple Leafs, but lost the final two games in Toronto; including an overtime loss in Game 6 where, moments before Toronto's decisive goal, Johan Garpenlov's shot rang off the Toronto crossbar.

In 1994-95, the Sharks returned to the playoffs and again made it to the second round. Ray Whitney scored a goal in double overtime of Game 7 of the conference quarterfinals against the Calgary Flames, adding to Calgary's streak of not winning a playoff series after they won the 1989 Stanley Cup (a streak they wouldn't break until 2004). Key Sharks players were goalie Arturs Irbe, defenseman Sandis Ozolinsh and forwards Igor Larionov and Sergei Makarov. The 1995 season also saw the only rainout in the history of the NHL, when the Guadalupe River flooded its banks in March 1995, making it impossible for anyone to get into the San Jose Arena for a game between the Sharks and the Red Wings.

The HP Pavilion at San Jose, known as "the Shark Tank"

In 1995-96, the Sharks finished last in the Pacific Division and failed to make the playoffs. The team also underwent major changes: during the season they traded Ozolinsh and Larionov; Irbe, who had suffered an off-ice injury, was released at the end of the season. The team began rebuilding, acquiring forward Owen Nolan from the Colorado Avalanche, as well as several other players. Constantine was fired midway through the season and replaced by interim coach Jim Wiley. The next season was no better under Al Sims, with the Sharks again finishing last and winning only 27 games.

Darryl Sutter years (1997-2002)

The Sharks returned to the playoffs in 1997-98, with goalie Mike Vernon, whom they acquired from the Red Wings (the season after Vernon won the Conn Smythe Trophy), and new head coach Darryl Sutter. For the next two years, the Sharks made the playoffs, yet never advanced past the first round. This changed in the 1999-2000 season, when the Sharks finished with their first-ever winning record, but earned a match-up against the Presidents' Trophy champion St. Louis Blues in the first round. However, in an upset on par with the one they had pulled on Detroit six years earlier, the Sharks managed to eliminate the Blues in the full seven games. San Jose, however, managed to last only five more games before being eliminated by the Dallas Stars that year.

In 2000-01, Kazakh goalie Evgeni Nabokov won the Calder Memorial Trophy as the league's best rookie. The team also acquired Finnish star forward Teemu Selanne from the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim for Jeff Friesen and Steve Shields. In the 2001 playoffs, the Blues downed the Sharks in six games in the first round, avenging the 2000 defeat to San Jose. The team's breakout year was 2001-02. Veteran Adam Graves was acquired for Mikael Samuelsson. The Sharks won their first Pacific Division title, and defeated the Phoenix Coyotes in the first round, but fell to the Colorado Avalanche in second.

Following the 2001-02 season, the Gunds sold the Sharks to a group of local investors headed by team president Greg Jamison. Kyle McLaren was acquired in a three-way trade with the Montreal Canadiens and Boston Bruins for checking-line winger Niklas Sundstrom and promising prospect Jeff Jillson, and Dan McGillis was acquired for Marcus Ragnarsson, but the team could not turn itself around. Sutter was fired and replaced by Ron Wilson midway through that season.

Ron Wilson years (2003-present)

The Sharks' first alternate logo, showing a shark fin emerging from water (1991-2007)

In 2003, Owen Nolan was traded to Toronto, and the newly-acquired McGillis, Bryan Marchment, AHL star Shawn Heins, and forward Matt Bradley were moved. Selanne left to sign with the Colorado Avalanche. Centers Alyn McCauley (from the Maple Leafs) and Wayne Primeau (from the Pittsburgh Penguins) were brought in to stabilize the locker room. Jim Fahey, who led all rookie defensemen in points despite playing in only 43 games.

2003-04 saw another turnaround for the team, resulting in the team's best season ever. An injection of youth, with players like Christian Ehrhoff and Tom Preissing, and the influx of energy with Alexander Korolyuk jump-started San Jose. They posted the third-best record in the league with a team-record 104 points (31 more than the previous season, and the first time the team had earned 100 points), won the Pacific Division championship, and were seeded second in the Western Conference. They charged through the playoffs, taking down the St. Louis Blues 4 games to 1 in the conference quarterfinals and stopping the Colorado Avalanche 4-2 in the conference semis—before falling to the Calgary Flames 4-2 in the conference finals.

The Sharks started the 2005-06 season slowly, with inconsistent goaltending and an inability to score goals dropping the team to last place in the Pacific Division. In response, the Sharks traded Brad Stuart, Wayne Primeau and Marco Sturm to the Boston Bruins for Joe Thornton. The trade re-energised the team, and with excellent play by backup goaltender Vesa Toskala, the Sharks rallied back from their early season slump to clinch the 5th seeding in the Western Conference for the playoffs. The Sharks defeated the Nashville Predators 4-1 in the conference quarterfinals before falling to the Edmonton Oilers 4-2 in the conference semifinals. Joe Thornton was awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's MVP, as well as the Art Ross Trophy for leading the league in points, with a total of 125. Jonathan Cheechoo was awarded the Maurice 'Rocket' Richard Trophy for scoring the most goals during the regular season, with a total of 56.

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The Sharks celebrate a 4-0 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes on December 11, 2006

The Sharks entered the 2006-07 season as the youngest team in average age, as well as the biggest team in average weight, and they raced out to a 20-7-0 start, the best in franchise history. Ron Wilson chose the uncommon strategy of alternating both Vesa Toskala and Evgeni Nabokov every other game. However, injuries, inexperience, and inconsistency dogged the team until making two significant trades at the trade deadline for defenseman Craig Rivet and winger Bill Guerin. The trades coincided with Nabokov, playing full time while Toskala recovered from an injury, putting together a string of outstanding performances and earning the number one job. The Sharks finished the regular season with the best record in franchise history at 51-26-5, and defeated the Nashville Predators in a 1st round rematch of last year's playoffs with the same 4-1 result. In the Western Conference semifinals, the Sharks faced the Detroit Red Wings. After taking a 2-1 series lead, they lost a pivotal game 4 when the Red Wings scored the tying goal with 33 seconds left and went on to win in overtime. The Sharks never recovered from the disappointment of this loss, losing the next two games in a row giving the series to Detroit 4-2.

See also 2006-07 San Jose Sharks season.

The Sharks goal horn is a fog horn that reflects on the many fog horns heard in the Bay Area.

Current Sharks alternate fin logo

For the Sharks 2007-2008 campaign, the Sharks have updated their logos and jerseys to adjust to the new Rbk EDGE jersey. The team unveiled their new logos on July 24, 2007, and introduced their new jerseys on September 17. [3]

Season-by-season record

This is a partial list of the last five seasons completed by the Sharks. For the full season-by-season history, see San Jose Sharks seasons

Note: GP = Games played, W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, OTL = Overtime Losses, Pts = Points, GF = Goals for, GA = Goals against, PIM = Penalties in minutes

Records as of April 7, 2007. [4]

Season GP W L T1 OTL Pts GF GA PIM Finish Playoffs
2001-02 82 44 27 8 3 99 248 189 1249 1st, Pacific Lost in Conference Semifinals, 3-4 (Avalanche)
2002-03 82 28 37 9 8 73 214 239 1112 5th, Pacific Did not qualify
2003-04 82 43 21 12 6 104 219 183 1091 1st, Pacific Lost in Conference Finals, 2-4 (Flames)
2004-05 Season cancelled due to 2004-05 NHL Lockout
2005-061 82 44 27 11 99 266 242 1058 2nd, Pacific Lost in Conference Semifinals, 2-4 (Oilers)
2006-07 82 51 26 5 107 258 199 939 2nd, Pacific Lost in Conference Semifinals, 2-4 (Red Wings)
1 As of the 2005-06 NHL season, all games will have a winner; the OTL column includes SOL (Shootout losses).

Notable players

Current roster

As of November 19, 2007. [1]

# Player Catches Acquired Place of Birth
1 Flag of Germany Thomas Greiss L 2004 Köln, West Germany
20 Flag of Russia Evgeni Nabokov L 1994 Ust-Kamenogorsk, U.S.S.R.
# Player Shoots Acquired Place of Birth
3 Flag of Sweden Douglas Murray L 1999 Bromma, Sweden
4 Flag of Canada Kyle McLaren L 2003 Humboldt, Saskatchewan
5 Flag of Canada Rob Davison (IR) L 1998 St. Catharines, Ontario
6 Flag of the United States Brad Norton (IR) L 2007 Cambridge, Massachusetts
10 Flag of Germany Christian Ehrhoff L 2001 Moers, West Germany
18 Flag of the United States Matt Carle L 2003 Anchorage, Alaska
21 Flag of Russia Alexei Semenov L 2007 Murmansk, U.S.S.R.
24 Flag of Latvia Sandis Ozolinsh L 2007 Riga, U.S.S.R.
44 Flag of Canada Marc-Edouard Vlasic L 2005 Montreal, Quebec
52 Flag of Canada Craig RivetA R 2007 North Bay, Ontario
# Player Position Shoots Acquired Place of Birth
8 Flag of the United States Joe Pavelski C R 2003 Plover, Wisconsin
9 Flag of the Czech Republic Milan Michalek LW L 2003 Jindrichuv Hradec, Czechoslovakia
11 Flag of Germany Marcel Goc (IR) C L 2001 Calw, West Germany
12 Flag of Canada Patrick MarleauC C L 1997 Aneroid, Saskatchewan
14 Flag of Canada Jonathan Cheechoo RW R 1998 Moose Factory, Ontario
16 Flag of Canada Devin Setoguchi RW R 2005 Taber, Alberta
17 Flag of Canada Torrey Mitchell C R 2004 Montreal, Quebec
19 Flag of Canada Joe ThorntonA C L 2005 London, Ontario
25 Flag of the United States Mike GrierA RW R 2006 Detroit, Michigan
26 Flag of Canada Steve Bernier RW R 2003 Quebec City, Quebec
27 Flag of the United States Jeremy Roenick C R 2007 Boston, Massachusetts
29 Flag of Canada Ryane Clowe (IR) LW L 2001 St. John's, Newfoundland
34 Flag of the United States Patrick Rissmiller C L 2003 Belmont, Massachusetts
37 Flag of Canada Curtis Brown C L 2006 Unity, Saskatchewan
39 Flag of the Czech Republic Tomas Plihal (IR) LW L 2001 Frydlant v Cechach, Czechoslovakia

Team captains

Honored Members

Hall of Famers: The Sharks have had no Hockey Hall of Fame members as part of their franchise.

Retired numbers: The Sharks have not retired any numbers. However Wayne Gretzky's number 99 was retired league-wide February 6, 2000.

First-round draft picks

Franchise scoring leaders

These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed NHL regular season.

Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; P/G = Points per game

Player Pos GP G A Pts P/G
Patrick Marleau* C 717 219 272 491 .68
Owen Nolan RW 568 206 245 451 .79
Jeff Friesen LW 512 149 201 350 .68
Vincent Damphousse C 385 92 197 289 .75
Marco Sturm LW 553 128 145 273 .49
Mike Ricci C 529 101 162 263 .50
Jonathan Cheechoo* RW 305 130 95 225 .74
Joe Thornton* C 140 42 164 206 1.47
Pat Falloon RW 258 76 86 162 .63
Mike Rathje D 671 27 128 155 .23

* = current Sharks player

NHL awards and trophies

Art Ross Trophy

Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy

Calder Memorial Trophy

Hart Memorial Trophy

Maurice 'Rocket' Richard Trophy

(* - traded from the Boston Bruins during the 2005-06 season)

Franchise individual records


  1. Cameron, Steve (1994). Feeding Frenzy! The Wild New World of the San Jose Sharks. Taylor Publishing Co., 29-38. 
  2. Gilmore, Tom. "Sharks Are Coming -- NHL Team Named", The San Francisco Chronicle, The Chronicle Publishing Co., 1990-09-07, p. D1. Retrieved on 2007-04-21. 
  4., San Jose Sharks season statistics and records.

See also

External links

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