Founded in 1991, the San Jose Sharks are currently a member of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference in the National Hockey League (NHL). Based in San Jose, California, the name of the team is said to be inspired by the large number of sharks of different varieties found in the Pacific Ocean.
The current general manager of the team is Doug Wilson and the head coach is Peter DeBoer. To date, the Sharks have won one Conference Championship (2015-16), one President’s Trophy (2008-09) and six Division Championships. In recent years, the team has improved its performance. They reached the Stanley Cup Finals for the first time in the history of the franchise in the 2015-16 season.
The 2016-17 season may have been a disappointment however, San Jose Sharks are all set to dominate the 2017 NHL season.
The Sharks are locked and loaded and ready to make some noise in the NHL for this upcoming season. Led by a group of determined veterans and hungry young talent, San Jose is ready to reign atop of the Pacific Division and bring a Stanley Cup trophy home. Division rivals, the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks will fight to prevent the Sharks aspirations.
Grab your San Jose Sharks tickets and head down to SAP Center to be part of one of the loudest home crowds in the league!
San Jose Sharks Greatest Moments
Even though the San Jose Sharks have only been around for 20 seasons so far, they have managed to provide fans with many memorable moments. With 12 playoff appearances that include two Western Conference Finals, the San Jose Sharks are truly one of NHL’s elite franchises.
Here are a couple of memorable Sharks moments.
The Greatest Goal – It’s been more than 18 years and still this goal continues to be the greatest in the history of the franchise. In Game 7 of the 1994 season, in Detroit, Jamie Baker scored a goal to stun the Red Wings and guide his team to a highly unexpected victory.
The Sharks had entered the series as the underdogs. They were the eighth seed while the Detroit side was seeded number one. Late in the third period with the game tied, a small mistake by goaltender Chris Osgood enabled Jamie Baker to hammer a slap shot into the unguarded net and win the game for the Sharks. The jubilation and excitement that followed was a testament to how much this goal meant to the newly formed Sharks team.
The Greatest Comeback - In what seemed like a hopeless game for the Sharks - down 4-0 at the start of the second period - fans of ice hockey saw one of the most amazing comebacks in the history of the sport. The game was played on April 19, 2011, against the LA Kings at the Staples Center in Los Angeles. Antti Niemi had given up four goals and it looked like the Sharks had lost the game. Eventually coach McClellan replaced the goaltender with Antero Nittymaki. And within two minutes, the entire fortune of the team changed.
Joe Thornton scored a goal first, followed by a goal by Ryane Clowe, minutes later and then one by Logan Couture. The Kings scored another goal, making the score 5-3. But Clowe scored his second goal of the night and with thirty seconds left on the timer, Joe Pavelski tied the score at 5-5. In overtime, Devin Setoguchi scored the perfect goal and the Sharks won 6-5 marking one of their greatest comebacks.
Rivalries of the San Jose Sharks
The major rivals of the San Jose Sharks are the Anaheim Ducks and the Detroit Red Wings, among others.
Anaheim Ducks - This rivalry is rooted deep in the 2009 Western Conference playoffs. The Sharks had managed to claim the No. 1 overall spot in the NHL Playoffs, but the Ducks from Anaheim wouldn’t let them have the end they had hoped for. The Sharks fell hard against the Anaheim Ducks, who came to the game with their homework done. The Sharks fell hard in this game and were labeled chokers after that. And now, since the Sharks come across the Ducks several times a year, the rivalry is certainly here to stay.
Detroit Red Wings - There is no denying the intensity of a Red Wings Sharks game. The two teams come across each other four times a year, and every single time fans get to see an intense faceoff. The two teams have been consistently at the top of their division in the last couple of years, adding fuel to the fire. The rivalry started way back in 1994, when the Sharks became NHL’s first ever No. 8 seeded team to defeat a No. 1 seed team. Since then, the contests between the two teams have been close and exciting.
Greatest Players of the San Jose Sharks
In its short history, the San Jose Sharks have seen a lot of great players wear its jersey. Patrick Marleau is one of these big names. Known for his consistency, Marleau has never played less than 74 games in a full NHL season. In addition, he has hit the 50-point mark in 11 of those 17 seasons.
Another great player from the Sharks’ side is Joe Thornton. Known as Jumbo Joe, he was at the center of the greatest trade pulled off by the Sharks. He is the club’s all time leader in terms of plus/minus and points per game.
Joe Pavelski is another name that became a part of the Sharks’ roster. He is the current captain of the team. During the 2015-16 season, he tallied 78 points and also earned a spot on the 2016 All Star game. From 2013 to 2016, Pavelski stood second with 116 goals along with 47 power play goals in the league.
About the Homely Home Ground
The San Jose Sharks play their home games at the SAP Center. With one of the smallest capacities in the league, the SAP Center provides fans with a very intimate game day experience. There is really no bad seat in the house and with the fans being so close to the ice makes the "Shark Tank" a terrible place for away teams to play in.
With the upcoming season and preseason right around the corner, you shouldn’t wait to get your San Jose Sharks playoff tickets. They are expected to sell out fast. Preseason games are starting from September 19, 2017, with a game against rivals Anaheim Ducks at the SAP Center. Regular season games will begin from October 4, 2017, with the first one against the Philadelphia Flyers.
Buckle up for another exciting NHL season with the San Jose Sharks.