San Jose Sharks

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San Jose Sharks
founding May 9, 1990
history San Jose Sharks
since 1991
Stadion SAP Center at San Jose
Location San Jose , California
Team colors Dark Pacific Turquoise Black Dark Orange White

league National Hockey League
Conference Western Conference
division Pacific Division
Head coach CanadaCanada Bob Boughner (interim)
Team captain CanadaCanada Logan Couture
General manager CanadaCanada Doug Wilson
owner San Jose Sports &
Entertainment Enterprises
Cooperations San Jose Barracuda ( AHL )
Stanley Cups no
Conference title 2015/16
Division title 2001/02 , 2003/04 , 2007/08 ,
2008/09 , 2009/10 , 2010/11

The San Jose Sharks ( IPA : [ˌsænhoʊˈzeɪ ʃɑː (ɹ) ks] ) are an American ice hockey franchise of the National Hockey League from San José in the state of California . It was founded on May 9, 1990 and began playing at the beginning of the 1991/92 season . The team colors are dark pacific turquoise , black , dark orange and white . Because of their team colors, which are popular in American club sports, the team is also known as "Team Teal" .

The Sharks play their home games in the SAP Center and are one of the first franchises to emerge from the league expansion in the 1990s. After a difficult start in the NHL, which is considered to be the strongest ice hockey league in the world, the Northern California franchise experienced ups and downs in the 1990s until it established itself among the best teams in the league at the beginning of the new millennium. The team has not yet won the prestigious Stanley Cup .


Ice hockey in the Bay Area

By 1967 the National Hockey League consisted of six teams, the Original Six , which were located in the north, east and inland of North America. That year, the NHL decided to add six teams to the league to open up new regions that ice hockey could appeal to. Although California was not considered a good market for ice hockey, a franchise was settled in the San Francisco Bay Area . The team was initially called California Seals - later also Oakland Seals and California Golden Seals - and had no sporting or economic success in the following years. After nine years, the team was sold in 1976 to businessmen George and Gordon Gund , who relocated the team to Cleveland , Ohio , where it took the name Cleveland Barons . After two more years without sporting success, the Gund brothers decided to buy another NHL team, the financially troubled Minnesota North Stars . They merged the two teams, which from then on appeared under the name of the North Stars. After a few years, the brothers wished to move the team back to the Bay Area in California, but the NHL refused to approve. However, the league made an offer that the Gund brothers could set up a new franchise in the Bay Area and that some North Stars players, who were to be sold to a new owner, could take with them to the new team. This reversed the 1978 merger of the Minnesota North Stars and the Cleveland Barons.

Difficult start (1990 to 1993)

In May 1990, the North Stars were sold to the new owner and the Gund brothers were awarded a new franchise in San José, California . The nickname of the team should be determined in a vote among future fans and current supporters. Number one "Blades" landed ( dt . About blade , knife ), but the brothers were not satisfied with it, as the word included negative aspects. Second-placed name was finally selected and the team was named "San Jose Sharks" ( dt . Sharks ), whereby an association with the Pacific Ocean was made because in the Bay Area several shark species are native. The Sharks' first farm team , the Kansas City Blades , bore the nickname that the owners rejected.

On May 30, 1991, the San Joses squad began to take shape. In the NHL Dispersal Draft , the players from the Minnesota system that were unprotected by the draft regulations were officially divided between the North Stars and the Sharks, and the squads of the teams were replenished by players from the following expansion draft . Furthermore, the Sharks were allowed to secure the rights to young talent for the first time in the NHL Entry Draft , which took place three weeks after the Dispersal Draft, and in the NHL Supplemental Draft . With their first right to vote in the Entry Draft in the second position of the first round, they selected Pat Falloon and with their second pick in overall position 23 in the second round, Ray Whitney . In the Supplemental Draft they elected the Canadian Jeff McLean as the first overall and Mark Beaufait in seventh position .

The 1991/92 season began and the Sharks started - as is customary with expansion teams - with a squad with few athletes and no big names in their first year. The club management had signed the Canadian George Kingston as coach . They initially played their home games at the Cow Palace in Daly City , just outside of San Francisco , as there was no suitable hall available in San José. In the first NHL game on October 4, 1991, the team lost to the Vancouver Canucks with 3: 4 goals. Craig Coxe scored the first goal in franchise history, assisted by Mark Pavelich . The first win came four days later in a home game against the Calgary Flames . Kelly Kisio scored the winning goal three minutes before the end of the game to make it 4: 3. As is so often the case with Expansion Teams, the first season was unsatisfactory overall. The team won only 17 out of 80 games. They ended the season as the worst point team in the entire league.

The following season was sportingly worse than the previous one, as the Sharks only got eleven wins in 84 games. This faced 71 defeats, which meant a new NHL negative record, whereupon the club management dismissed head coach Kingston. Only the Ottawa Senators , who were in their first season, fared a little worse as they won ten times. The Sharks later accused the Ottawa team of deliberately losing games in order to benefit from the right of the first draft pick and select Alexandre Daigle in the summer NHL Entry Draft . In order to put a stop to this behavior, the league officials introduced a lottery system for the 1995 NHL Entry Draft .

The interior of the SAP Center, the home ground of the Sharks

First successes (1993 to 1995)

From the 1993/94 season , when the San Jose Arena - now known as the SAP Center - opened, the Sharks played their games in San José. Under the new coach Kevin Constantine , the Sharks presented themselves completely renewed on a sporting level. Before the start of the season, the franchise caused a stir around the world. After the club management had signed Igor Larionov in the NHL Waiver Draft in October 1992 , they had succeeded in the summer in signing another player in the " KLM series " with Sergei Makarov . Larionow, who had not yet played a game for San Jose, then also signed a contract. Together with the Swede Johan Garpenlöv they formed the so-called " OV series " .

At the end of the regular season, the team reached 82 points. Since this rating had added up to 24 points in the previous year, the team achieved the greatest improvement between two seasons with an increase of 58 points and thus a new NHL record. The Sharks took eighth place in the Western Conference and qualified for the play-offs for the first time . There they met in the first round on the Detroit Red Wings, who are in first position in the seeding list . The Sharks defeated this in the decisive seventh game in the series. In the next round, the Sharks played against the Toronto Maple Leafs . After five games, San Jose led the series 3–2. In the sixth game it was 2-2 after 60 minutes and the game went into overtime . Johan Garpenlöv hit the Maple Leafs crossbar and failed to get San Jose through to the next round. Shortly thereafter, the Maple Leafs scored the winning goal. In the seventh game, Toronto won again and the Northern Californians were eliminated.

Due to the lockout , the NHL played a shortened schedule with only 48 games in the 1994/95 season . The Sharks moved back into the playoffs and beat the Calgary Flames in the first round in the seventh and decisive game in the second extension. The playoffs for the team ended in the second round. The Detroit Red Wings returned the favor with a 4–0 sweep for last year's defeat. The main pillars of the team at the time were goalkeeper Artūrs Irbe , defender Sandis Ozoliņš and strikers Igor Larionow and Sergei Makarow. In March 1995, the first and so far only game in NHL history was canceled due to rain. The Guadalupe River , which flows through San José, had overflowed its banks due to heavy, prolonged rainfall. This made it impossible to get into the San Jose Arena to watch the game between the Sharks and the Detroit Red Wings on location.

Setbacks and restructuring (1995 to 1999)

The following 1995/96 season was not as successful as the previous one and San Jose missed the playoffs for the first time in two years. Makarov had left the team before the start of the season and so gave the club in October 1995, after a start to the season below expectations, the 36-year-old Larionow to Detroit and Ozoliņš to Colorado . In return, the Northern Californians received Ray Sheppard from Detroit and Owen Nolan from Colorado, who should advance to the team's lead during his time in San José. The rebuild also included the replacement of coach Constantine, who was replaced by Jim Wiley during the season . After the season goalkeeper Irbe, who had been absent for a long time due to an injury, received the clearance to change clubs and did not get a new contract.

Before the 1996/97 season , the San Jose Sharks signed striker Tony Granato , who had suffered a serious head injury in the preseason, as well as Al Sims as a new coach. Nevertheless, they failed the Final Tournament, although they near the end of the exchange period with Ed Belfour experience playoff had contracted a goalkeeper with great. As in the previous year, the team finished the regular season in last place in the Pacific Division with 27 wins. The highlight of the season was the hosting of the NHL All-Star Games in the local San Jose Arena, which the Sharks should have hosted in the shortened season 1994/95 . Two representatives of the Sharks took part in this with Granato and Nolan, who managed a hat trick in this game . Granato also succeeded as the first player in franchise history to be honored with one of the NHL Awards . He received the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy for his successful comeback after the head injury.

At the beginning of the 1997/98 season , the club management introduced Darryl Sutter as the new coach and hired Mike Vernon, an experienced goalkeeper who had led the Detroit Red Wings to win the Stanley Cup a few months earlier . In addition, she selected Patrick Marleau in second overall position in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft, a talented player. With Marco Sturm , a young German player joined the team. The restructuring was worth it, since the team reached the playoffs again, but it failed in the first round to the Dallas Stars .

The following year , in which the Sharks played the season opener game in the Japanese capital Tokyo against the Calgary Flames , San Jose reached the playoffs despite a negative record as seventh in the Western Conference. Again, the Sharks were eliminated in the first round, this time in six games against the Colorado Avalanche . This happened despite a goalkeeping duo balanced in terms of strength. It consisted of Mike Vernon and young Steve Shields , who had done well over the season. Even the commitment of the experienced center Vincent Damphousse from Montréal in March 1999 did nothing to change the team's first round.

Back in the playoffs (1999 to 2002)

In the 1999/2000 millennium season , the Sharks won more regular season games than they lost for the first time in their history . They also improved their season record for the sixth time in a row. In the playoffs they met with the St. Louis Blues on the best team of the regular season. After an even series of seven games, the Sharks emerged victorious and defeated the best team in the Western Conference for the second time , after they had succeeded in doing so with a series victory over the Detroit Red Wings in 1994. In the second round they scored only one win against the Dallas Stars and were eliminated.

In the 2000/01 game year , the Sharks strived further up and improved their season record again. Goalkeeper Yevgeny Nabokov had a strong first season as a regular goalkeeper and received the Calder Memorial Trophy as the NHL's best rookie . Again the team met the St. Louis Blues in the first round of the playoffs, but this time they had the happier end for themselves and reciprocated for the defeat of last year's playoffs. Although the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim's Mighty Ducks of Anaheim's Teemu Selänne in March 2001 , a notable reinforcement in exchange for goalkeeper Steve Shields and striker Jeff Friesen , and the club management had calculated more, the team was unable to make the playoffs to advance to the next round.

At the beginning of the next season , the Sharks signed NHL veteran Adam Graves and won the title in the Pacific Division for the first time thanks to a balanced team performance in all positions . The mix of older players like Vincent Damphousse , Gary Suter and Adam Graves and young players like Patrick Marleau and Marco Sturm gave the Sharks the decisive advantage over other teams. In addition, less talented players accepted their role in the team and campaigned for the same. In the first round of the playoffs they defeated the Phoenix Coyotes in five games, but reaching the second round was, as in previous years, tied to being eliminated. The Sharks were defeated by the Colorado Avalanche in just under seven games.

After the season, the Gund brothers officially handed ownership of the San Jose Sharks to a group of local investors, the San Jose Sports & Entertainment Enterprises (SJSEE). This had acquired the rights to the franchise on February 26, 2002 under the leadership of Greg Jamison .

Low and high points (2002 to 2005)

The 2002/03 season represented a low point for the Sharks franchise. In the preparation for the season, there had been omissions in the coaching staff as well as in management, which caused the mood in the team to suffer for large parts of the season. It all resulted in the Sharks missing the playoffs. During the season, the club management dismissed coach Darryl Sutter and replaced him with Ron Wilson . Already during the unsuccessful season there was the end of the transition period and in the summer break there was a great change and a new beginning within the team. Owen Nolan, the long-time captain of the franchise, moved to Toronto, Selänne went to Colorado. Other players also had to leave the team. With Alyn McCauley and Wayne Primeau , the Sharks bought slightly younger players who, however, had enough NHL experience. There were also young and inexperienced players such as Jim Fahey , Niko Dimitrakos and Christian Ehrhoff .

The 2003-04 season marked a new turning point for the Sharks. The team played the best season in the history of the franchise and ended the regular season in second place in the Western Conference with a franchise record of 104 points. Patrick Marleau took over the captain's role in the second half of the season and developed into a leading player. In the first round of the playoffs they met again on St. Louis and beat them clearly after games with 4–1. In the next round, San Jose played Colorado and for the first time the Sharks won a series of the second round. In the conference final, they competed against the Calgary Flames, who stopped the Sharks' soaring in six games.

The San Jose Sharks bench with former trainer Ron Wilson

After the season, the NHL, the team owners and the players negotiated a new Collective Bargaining Agreement , a kind of collective agreement. The negotiations resulted in the teams locking out their players , which in turn resulted in players moving to European teams as the start of the NHL season was postponed indefinitely. Finally, the season was completely canceled in February 2005 and it was not until July 2005 that the three parties were able to agree.

Sharks Superstars (2005 to 2007)

The Sharks started the 2005/06 season badly . Several experienced players had left the team, the attack lines did not score enough goals, goalkeeper Nabokow played poorly and his back-up Vesa Toskala was struggling with injuries. All of this resulted in San Jose slipping to the bottom of the Pacific Division by November. The management decided on a so-called "blockbuster" transfer in which Marco Sturm , Brad Stuart and Wayne Primeau were transferred to the Boston Bruins for Joe Thornton . The media was of the opinion that the Sharks had achieved a great coup, while they did not understand the management of the Boston Bruins, who had thereby given up one of their leading players. This major turning point was made possible by the good draft elections by the Sharks in recent years, which established a talented substructure in the farm system . The signing of Thornton turned out to be advantageous as he played with Jonathan Cheechoo in an attack line, who developed into a goalscorer after two mixed seasons at Thornton's side. Together with Nils Ekman , they formed one of the best strikings in the league. Vesa Toskala took over the role of goalkeeper and the team climbed steadily up the table. Finally, the team managed to qualify for the playoffs. In the first round they defeated the Nashville Predators 4–1, but lost in the second round to the Edmonton Oilers despite a temporary lead of 2–0 in the series with 2–4. The season came to a conciliatory end for Thornton and Cheechoo: Cheechoo received the Maurice 'Rocket' Richard Trophy as top scorer in the league for his 56 goals this season , Thornton received the Art Ross Trophy as top scorer and was also awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy as the most valuable NHL player honored.

During the summer break, the Sharks signed three experienced defensive strikers: Mike Grier , Curtis Brown and Mark Bell . Grier and Brown quickly gained a foothold in the team and developed into indispensable pillars in the outnumbered game, while Bell, on the other hand, was unable to get used to the new game system throughout the season and also struggled with private difficulties.

The team celebrates the 4-0 home win over the Phoenix Coyotes

At the start of the 2006/07 season , the Sharks set a franchise record with three opening wins and immediately settled in the upper part of the table. Above all, the constantly alternating goalkeeper duo around Nabokow and Toskala gave the young, talented and inexperienced defensive team around rookies Matt Carle and Marc-Édouard Vlasic , who were both elected to the NHL All-Rookie Team at the end of the season , the necessary support. On the offensive, young players from the farm team like Joe Pavelski and Ryane Clowe jumped into the breach for the ailing Jonathan Cheechoo. Due to the highly fluctuating performance within the team, the management signed two more experienced players shortly before the end of the transfer period to prepare the team for the playoffs. First, the Sharks signed Craig Rivet , a defender from the Montréal Canadiens against Josh Gorges and a first-round draft law. On the reporting date, management transferred another first-round suffrage and Ville Nieminen to the St. Louis Blues, who in exchange gave winger Bill Guerin to San Jose. Ultimately, San Jose ended the season with 51 wins and 107 points - both new franchise records - and met the Nashville Predators as fifth in the Western Conference in the first playoff round, which they defeated 4–1. In the following series against the Detroit Red Wings, the Northern Californians were defeated by 2–4 and were eliminated, as in the previous year, in the Conference semifinals.

With 49 games in a row that ended in regular time and were not decided in overtime or in the shootout , the Sharks set a new NHL record. It was the longest run since overtime was introduced in the 1983/84 season . The previous record holder was the Toronto Maple Leafs with 41 games in a row in the 1996/97 season .

Rise to serious title contender (since 2007)

On July 24, 2007, the Sharks presented their new, revised logo to the public for the first time. With the start of the training camp in September, they also introduced new game uniforms designed by the sporting goods manufacturer Reebok due to the league's change of equipment .

Joe Thornton in the new away shirt

During the summer break, Scott Hannan and Bill Guerin, two well-known and experienced players, left San Jose, for whom no adequate replacement was initially signed. In addition, the team had given Vesa Toskala and Mark Bell to the Toronto Maple Leafs before the NHL Entry Draft . In contrast to the previous year, management limited itself to long-term loyalty of the top performers and extended the contracts of Craig Rivet, Joe Thornton, Milan Michálek and Captain Patrick Marleau. In September, Jeremy Roenick , a seasoned free agent , signed a one-year contract. A few weeks later, the Latvian Sandis Ozoliņš , who left San Jose twelve years ago, returned. Due to the experienced new signings and the balance of the squad, the Sharks began the season for the first time in franchise history as one of the top favorites to win the Stanley Cup . Although the team was always one of the teams with the highest points in the first half of the season, they only showed the expected performance in mid-February. After signing a strong defender in the person of Brian Campbell shortly before the trade deadline , San Jose started a long winning streak and secured its third division title since the 2002/03 season against the competition from Anaheim and Dallas . In the following playoffs, San Jose did not get beyond the second round again. After they had defeated the Calgary Flames in seven games, followed by the off against the Dallas Stars in six games, which on May 12, 2008 led to the dismissal of coach Ron Wilson .

One month later, on June 11, 2008, the management floor presented his successor with Todd McLellan , the previous assistant coach of the Detroit Red Wings . After the move from Brian Campbell to Chicago, Dan Boyle and Rob Blake signed two experienced offensive defenders and led the team to the best start to the season in franchise history with four wins in their first four games. As the season progressed, the Sharks set or set up various NHL records, including the best start to the season after 30 games with 52 out of a possible 60 points, breaking the 79-year-old start record of the Boston Bruins from the 1929/30 season . At the end of the regular season they secured - in addition to first place in the Western Conference - after a long-distance duel with the Boston Bruins for the first time the Presidents' Trophy as the team with the highest points. As a co-favorite at the Stanley Cup, San Jose met local rivals from Anaheim in the first playoff round. In the first California playoff duel since the 1968/69 season , when the Los Angeles Kings played against the Oakland Seals , the Anaheim Ducks prevailed in six games. The early departure of the Sharks meant that the team was rebuilt again in the off-season in the area of ​​the third and fourth row of storms. In addition, Dany Heatley was acquired by the Ottawa Senators in exchange for Milan Michálek, Jonathan Cheechoo and a second-round draft pick, one of the best scorers in the league.


The Sharks have played their home games since 1993 in the SAP Center , a multifunctional arena that can hold 17,562 spectators . The hall is jokingly "Shark Tank" ( dt . Shark tank ) called. Measured by the number of seats, it is one of the smallest in the entire league. After completion of the construction phase, the arena was named San Jose Arena , after the conclusion of a sponsorship agreement with Compaq in 2001, the name changed to Compaq Center . When Compaq was taken over by Hewlett-Packard in 2003, it was named HP Pavilion. In 2013 the arena was renamed the SAP Center. The German software company SAP holds the naming rights for the arena for five years and pays 3.35 million US dollars annually. At the beginning of each game, the Shark players enter the ice through an oversized shark head.

season Home

Number of spectators
workload sell-out
1991/92 1 40 435,520 10,088 100.0% 40 10,088
1992/93 1 41 452.849 11,045 99.6% 34 11,089
1993/94 41 680.407 16,595 96.5% 28 17,190
1994/95 2 24 412,560 17,190 100.0% 24 17,190
1995/96 41 704.790 17,190 100.0% 41 17,190
1996/97 41 714.238 17,420 99.9% 38 17,442
1997/98 41 701.164 17.101 97.8% 20th 17,483
1998/99 3 40 685.929 17,148 98.1% 23 17,483
1999/00 41 708.925 17,291 98.8% 32 17,483
2000/01 41 716.196 17,468 99.9% 35 17,496
2001/02 41 714.357 17,423 99.6% 33 17,496
2002/03 41 711.386 17,350 99.2% 26th 17,496
2003/04 41 649.261 15,836 90.5% 10 17,496
2004/05 4 - - - - - -
2005/06 41 690.095 16,831 96.2% 21st 17,496
2006/07 41 714.316 17,422 99.6% 36 17,496
2007/08 41 713.863 17,411 99.5% 31 17,496
2008/09 41 717.023 17,488 99.9% 40 17,496
2009/10 41 719.940 17,559 99.9% 40 17,562
2010/11 5 (40) 17,562
total 719 11,842,819 16,438 98.7% 552 -
1 home games were played at Cow Palace
2 season shortened due to the NHL lockout 1994/95
3 season opener was played in Japan
4 season because of the NHL lockout 2004/05 failed
5 season opener was played in Sweden

From 1991 to 1993 the club played in Cow Palace , which opened in 1941 and has a capacity of 11,100 for ice hockey events, as there was no suitable hall in San José. The Cow Palace is located in neighboring Daly City at the gates of San Francisco . The hall, known for the annual Grand National Rodeo, never became a real home for the young team . The SAP Center was completed in 1993 and so after two years the fans had the pleasure of seeing the team based in their city play there too.

The outside facade of the SAP Center

Due to the fact that the one-week ATP tennis tournament SAP Open has been held in the SAP Center every February since 1994 , the San Jose Sharks usually play the longest series of away games in a row during the regular season during this period.

Audience numbers

In the first two years at Cow Palace, the Sharks were able to book almost 100 percent audience utilization. With the move in 1993 to the significantly larger San Jose Arena, the occupancy rate fell to 96.5 percent. After the first playoff successes in the 1993/94 season , the number of spectators increased significantly and reached a first high point in the 1996/97 season with an average attendance of 17,420 viewers per game with 17,496 seats available. The occupancy rate fell slightly over the next three years, but remained constant between 98 and 99 percent.

After the Sharks had qualified for the second round of the playoffs for the first time in five years during the 1999/00 season , audience interest increased in the following season and a new high was set with an occupancy rate of 99.8 percent. In the next two game years, the value was over 99 percent. After the failures in the 2002/03 season , the Sharks had to accept a significant decrease in attendance for the first time in the next year when the occupancy rate fell to 90.5 percent.

After the failure of the 2004/05 season , the number of spectators recovered and in the last 2006/07 season , with 17,422 spectators per game, 99.6 percent of all seats were sold. The remaining four teams in the Pacific Division had worse scores.

The Sharks are not very popular with fans of other teams. In the last six seasons they were only able to record an average occupancy rate of over 90 percent away from home. In the 2006/07 season the occupancy rate for away games was 88.7 percent. Only the Columbus Blue Jackets and the Nashville Predators had worse scores in this category.

A ticket cost an average of 39 US dollars in the 2007/08 season, an increase of six dollars compared to the two previous years.

Owners and farm teams

season Farm team league
1991/92 Nashville Knights ECHL
1991 / 92-1995 / 96 Kansas City Blades IHL
1994/95 Roanoke Express ECHL
1995/96 Mobile mysticks ECHL
1996 / 97-1997 / 98 Louisville River Frogs ECHL
1996 / 97-2000 / 01 Kentucky Thoroughblades AHL
1998 / 99–2002 / 03 Richmond Renegades ECHL
2000/01 New Orleans Brass ECHL
2001/02 Dayton Bombers ECHL
2001/02–2005/06 Cleveland Barons AHL
2002/03 Cincinnati Cyclones ECHL
season Farm team league
2003/04/2004/05 Johnstown Chiefs ECHL
2003/04/2006/07 Fresno Falcons ECHL
2005 / 06–2006 / 07 Toledo Storm ECHL
2006 / 07–2014 / 15 Worcester Sharks AHL
2007 / 08–2008 / 09 Phoenix RoadRunners ECHL
2007 / 08–2008 / 09 China Sharks ALIH
2009/10 Kalamazoo Wings ECHL
2009 / 10–2011 / 12 Stockton Thunder ECHL
2012/13 San Francisco Bulls ECHL
2014 / 15–2017 / 18 All Americans ECHL
since 2015/16 San Jose Barracuda AHL

Since February 26, 2002, the San Jose Sharks have been owned by a group of local investors, the San Jose Sports & Entertainment Enterprises (SJSEE). In addition to the NHL team, the group also operates the SAP Center , the San Jose Barracuda and the team's two training halls. It also owns the San Jose Stealth , the city's professional lacrosse team . The group's president and chief executive officer (CEO) is Greg Jamison , who has been with the San Jose Sharks organization since 1993. From 1991 to 2002 the brothers George and Gordon Gund were the sole owners of the franchise.

Like all NHL teams, the San Jose Sharks have had several farm teams in sub-leagues since their inception . The most important cooperation for the franchise was maintained by the Sharks since the beginning of the 2006/07 season in Worcester in the US state of Massachusetts , where the Worcester Sharks played in the American Hockey League . The main purpose of the cooperation is to ensure that young up-and-coming players who have an NHL contract and want to recommend themselves for the NHL come into play. In addition, the farm team offers players who have been injured for a long time the opportunity to get back into the rhythm of the game. There is also the option, due to the upper salary limit in the NHL, to use players who are not in the NHL squad. In 2015 the Worcester Sharks were renamed the San Jose Barracuda .

The American Hockey League is declared as a minor league of class AAA and thus the highest possible level below the NHL. Previously, the franchise performed as the Cleveland Barons from 2001 to 2006 and as the Kentucky Thoroughblades from 1996 to 2001 . The cooperation has existed since 1996. The first farm team that the Sharks entertained in the highest class was the Kansas City Blades in the International Hockey League from 1991 to 1996 . During the cooperation with the San Jose Sharks they could win the Turner Cup at the end of the 1991/92 season . In addition to the franchise in the AAA class , the Sharks also work with teams from the ECHL or East Coast Hockey League, which is grouped into the second highest minor league class AA . So far, 15 different teams have worked with the NHL club. In the 2009/10 season these were the Kalamazoo Wings , and the San Francisco Bulls have been the Sharks' farm team since the 2012/13 season . The addition of the team from Daly City, California, was based on the geographical proximity to the US west coast and thus shorter travel time for minor league players in contrast to Worcester , located in Massachusetts on the east coast of the United States.

The cooperation with the China Sharks from the Asia League Ice Hockey between 2007 and 2009 was unique in the history of the National Hockey League .

Economic development

season value sales Profit loss
1997/98 108 49.2 −2.6%
1998/99 123 51.2 −1.2%
1999/00 141 61.3 + 3.4%
2000/01 148 63.0 + 4.0%
2001/02 158 71.0 −0.8%
2002/03 137 65.0 −8.6%
2003/04 149 74.0 +1.3%
2004/05 no data due to lockout
2005/06 145 69.0 +1.8%
2006/07 165 72.0 −5.1%
2007/08 179 85.0 + 2.4%
2008/09 184 84.0 −5.0%
2009/10 194 88.0 −6.0%
2010/11 211 96.0 −8.0%
2011/12 223 101.0 −0.9%
2012/13 405 84.0 + 2.1%
2013/14 425 117.0 + 5.6%
2014/15 445 126.0 + 8.2%
2015/16 470 141.0 + 7.1%
2016/17 490 137.0 + 8.6%
2017/18 510 148.0 + 12.0%
2018/19 540 164.0 + 10.0%

* All figures in millions of US dollars

During the 1997/98 season , the San Jose Sharks had revenues of $ 49.2 million and ended up posting a loss of $ 2.6 million. In the following years sales increased significantly and after the 1999/00 game year , the books showed a profit of 3.4 million US dollars for the first time. In the following year, profits rose to four million US dollars, before a loss of 800,000 US dollars was recorded in the following year, despite record sales of 71 million US dollars.

The following 2002/03 season was both athletically and economically a setback, as a loss of 8.6 million US dollars was posted. The franchise recovered on both levels the following year and, in addition to sporting success, achieved a profit of $ 1.3 million. A new record was reached with revenues of $ 74 million.

After the failure of the 2004/05 season , the Sharks kept their numbers largely constant. With lower sales, profits increased by $ 500,000. The 2006/07 season , in which the Stanley Cup win was envisaged for the first time with significant reinforcements at the end of the season, the Sharks closed with a loss of 5.1 million, although sales had increased slightly compared to the previous year . The following game year closed the Sharks with a new sales record of 85 million US dollars. At the end of 2010, a record sales of 88 million was reported. However, this did not prevent the franchise from ending the season with a loss of six million.

Value of the franchise

According to Forbes Magazine , the franchise was worth $ 108 million in the 1997-98 season . As a result of the success of the following seasons, the value rose within four years by 46 percent to 158 million US dollars. Because of the athletic failure, the value of the franchise fell by $ 21 million the following year.

Meanwhile, the value has leveled off between 180 and 200 million US dollars. With an increase in value of almost 53 percent from the end of the 1997/98 season to 2007, the Sharks franchise has developed better than the league average, which is 30 percent. Compared to the rest of the expansion teams in the early 1990s, the Northern California franchise is more stable and financially more secure.

Player salaries

Player staffing costs have increased significantly since the San Jose Sharks' first season in 1991, despite the fact that the most number of players per season were used during that time. In the first season they started with personnel expenses of 6.2 million US dollars. For the 1994/95 season , total salaries had more than doubled to $ 14.6 million. The Sharks followed a trend throughout the league, in which player salaries continued to rise, but the San Jose Sharks were until then in every season below the NHL average.

The development of player salaries in the San Jose Sharks (green) since 1991 and in the NHL (yellow) since 1989, as well as the upper salary limit (red) and lower salary limit (blue) introduced in 2005

That first changed in 1996/97 , when the Sharks were among the top ten teams with the highest personnel costs and were above average with salaries of $ 24.5 million. Until the 1999/2000 season staff costs rose up to 35.5 million US dollars, the average employment cost the League were 31.7 million US dollars, held in the following year, constant, and achieved during the 2002-03 season one High of $ 45.1 million. They were among the league's average, because franchises such as the Dallas Stars , New York Rangers and Detroit Red Wings spent between 60 and 70 million US dollars. The Sharks' budget could not be justified by sporting success, as the worst season had been played since the mid-1990s.

Player salaries at the Sharks fell in the next season by almost a quarter to 34.8 million US dollars and so the management reacted for the first time against the trend of the NHL with ever increasing personnel costs. However, it was the NHL itself, which counteracted this trend and during the canceled 2004-05 season , a salary cap per team, a so-called salary cap to make, of 39 million US dollars introduced, more balanced around the league. During the 2003/04 game year , the Detroit Red Wings had the highest budget with $ 77.8 million, the Nashville Predators could invest less than a third of that in players with $ 23.2 million and the Sharks were in the bottom half the league in terms of staff costs.

In the 2005/06 season , the Sharks had a budget of 31 million US dollars, which rose by five million US dollars to 43.9 million US dollars due to the increase in the salary cap. At the end of 2010, the Sharks paid around 57 million in salary costs and were thus just below the salary limit.

Since the founding of the Sharks, player salaries in the NHL have seen a real boom and have increased by almost 300 percent since 1991. Salaries at the San Jose Sharks have increased by more than 600 percent since then, but it must be noted that they had the smallest available budget of all teams in their premiere season with 6.2 million US dollars.



The San Jose Sharks started in 1991 with a logo design of a shark with a bitten ice hockey stick in its mouth. To this end, they presented an alternative logo, mostly attached to the shoulders of the players' jerseys, which showed a shark fin protruding from the water. These logos were used by the franchise until the end of the 2006/07 season , with little attention paid to the alternative logo . The main logo, which was always visible on the chest of the jerseys, attracted more attention. With the change in the NHL, in the wake of the lockout in the 2004/05 season , the two logos were updated at the beginning of the 2007/08 season . The basic principles of the two logos - the bat-biting shark and the fin sticking out of the water - were retained after 16 years without any changes, but they were completely revised and modernized.

The Worcester Sharks , the former AHL - Farm Team San Jose, wore since the 2006/07 season, the then current logo with the Worcester Sharks on the jersey chest.

SJ Sharkie , the Sharks mascot


SJ Sharkie , an anthropomorphic shark , has been the team's mascot since January 1992. It was one of the first mascots to have its own merchandising line and its own official website.

During the Sharks' home games, the mascot impresses with his stunts and drives a quad on the ice. In addition to his appearances during the Sharks' NHL games, SJ Sharkie can be booked for birthday parties, hospital visits and the like, making over 450 appearances per year.

Media presence

The television partner of the San Jose Sharks is the special interest broadcaster Comcast Sports Net, which broadcasts almost all regular season games through the broadcaster Comcast SportsNet Bay Area, which covers the regional television market in Northern California . At the side of the experienced sports commentator Randy Hahn , the former assistant coach of the Sharks Drew Remenda , who already commented on Hahn's side from 1999 to 2006 , has been analyzing the games since the 2007/08 season . Scott Reitz guides the audience through the third breaks and is responsible for interviews with players and officials during the games, as does Kate Longworth after the games. In addition to broadcasting the games, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area also produces the “Shark Byte” program , which contains background reports on the team and the players. It is moderated by Remenda. For many years, John Shrader also worked on the broadcast team, filling the positions of Reitz and Longworth. The television stations Versus and NBC hold the transmission rights for the entire US market. However, the two stations only broadcast a few selected San Jose Sharks games during the season, but these are mainly exclusive.

During the playoffs, Comcast SportsNet Bay Area will broadcast the playoffs of the first two rounds, unless they are broadcast by NBC. The remainder of the playoffs up to and including the final series of the Stanley Cup will be shown by NBC and Versus in the United States.

In Canada , CBC is the primary broadcaster for regular season games and the playoffs. TSN also holds transmission rights to NHL games, but is only allowed to show the games that CBC does not broadcast. However, both channels concentrate mainly on games with Canadian participation, so that only a few games of the San Jose Sharks can be seen in Canada.

Outside of the San Jose Sharks' local television market, all of the team's games can be received through the paid NHL Center Ice package.

In Europe, NASN holds the rights to the NHL games. During the season, some games of the San Jose Sharks will be broadcast, with NASN using the broadcasts of the responsible broadcasters from the USA.

In addition, the Sharks' games can be received via the KFOX radio station . Dan Rusanowsky has been commenting on the games of the franchise since the opening season 1991/92 . He is supported by ex-professional players Jamie Baker and David Maley as experts. Thanks to the official websites of the National Hockey League and the San Jose Sharks, radio broadcasts of the games can also be received worldwide.

Send over the Internet Yahoo! and Comcast , the parent company of the television station Versus, selected NHL games live, including some of the San Jose Sharks. The service is free, but access is restricted to US-based internet users. Users within the Sharks television market cannot use Comcast's service for San Jose Sharks games. All of the team's games outside of the local television market can also be received via the Internet via the NHL Center Ice Online , which is subject to a fee .


Despite their short history, the Sharks have a number of rivalries. The Los Angeles Kings and Anaheim Ducks are the “natural” rivals of the Sharks, as they are also based in California. Due to the interim game plan mode, which was introduced at the beginning of the 2005/06 season following the Collective Bargaining Agreement and was retained until the end of the 2007/08 season , the Sharks played eight games against these teams in the regular season because they are all members of the same division.

Since the late 1990s, a rivalry has also developed with the Dallas Stars , who were then regrouped in the Pacific Division of the Sharks. Dallas was one of the best teams in the league at the time, and Ed Belfour was one of the best goalkeepers of the time for Dallas, who left the Sharks in 1997 after just a few months. After a few years the Sharks were able to compete with the stars in the sporting field and so the rivalry existed primarily through the fight for the title of the Pacific Division. Between 1998 and 2006, both teams always worked out this title among themselves before the Anaheim Ducks managed to win their first time. Both teams also have their roots in the Minnesota North Stars franchise .

Another rivalry has existed since 2000 with the St. Louis Blues . The Blues were already in their first three NHL seasons from 1967 to 1970 in the final for the Stanley Cup, but could not win it. In the following 30 years they could not build on these successes, but in the 1999/2000 season they completed the best season in their existence and finished them with a large lead in first place in the entire NHL. With players like Chris Pronger , Pierre Turgeon and Pavol Demitra , the first Stanley Cup victory should be won. The San Jose Sharks took eighth place in the Western Conference, had just reached the playoffs and were the opponents of the St. Louis Blues in the first round. The Blues won the first game. The Sharks relied primarily on their physically tough game, with which they gained the upper hand over the more technically experienced players of the blues in the following games. San Jose won three games in a row, St. Louis reacted and equalized the series to 3-3, so it came to the decisive seventh game. The San Jose Sharks managed to win and they advanced to the next round. While the Sharks continued to orientate themselves towards the top of the league in the following years, things went downhill for the St. Louis Blues. A year later, the Blues managed to take revenge for the previous year's defeat in six games, and in 2004 they lost to the Sharks in five games.

In addition to these rivalries, there are smaller ones with other teams.

Traditions and fan base

Entry of the players through the mouth of the neck

Since moving to the SAP Center in the summer of 1993, the San Jose Sharks have maintained the same approach ritual before the start of the game. The players coming out of the changing rooms run through an artificial mouth that is more than five meters high and is lowered from the ceiling of the hall. Once on the ground, this artificial fog emerges and the shark's eyes light up red. After the live image of the players in the cabin tunnel is shown on the display cube, the team - led by their goalkeeper - comes through their mouths onto the ice.

In contrast to many other franchises , which were settled in the southern regions of the United States in the course of the 1990s , the Sharks had a great popularity from the community from the start. This is also reflected in the almost all of the home games being sold out. In addition to the huge popularity of the fans in the San Francisco Bay Area , companies based in Silicon Valley , including Seagate Technology , Applied Materials , Logitech and Sun Microsystems , support the team as long-term sponsors.

Jersey design and equipment

Like all other 29 teams in the NHL use the San Jose Sharks since the start of the 2007/08 season , which brought a change of equipment with them, two different jersey - basic designs . At home games, the Sharks wear a jersey with a dark base color , as required by the rules of the NHL . In the case of the Sharks, this is the typical dark pacific turquoise ( English dark pacific teal ). In addition, the shoulders are set off in black and part of the arms and the lower part of the jersey are provided with horizontal stripes in black, white and orange . The chest area is characterized by the team logo.

The Sharks must wear a jersey with a light basic color for away games. In the design of the home shirt, the shirt is kept in white. The offset shoulders are in dark pacific turquoise, while the sleeves have horizontal stripes in black, orange and dark pacific turquoise. Until the end of the 2002/03 season , the NHL stipulated that the home jerseys must have a light basic color and the away jersey a dark basic color.

From the beginning of the 2001/02 season until the end of the 2006/07 season , the Sharks had a so-called third jersey, which was completely black with the exception of a dark pacific turquoise and a white stripe on both sleeves. The third jerseys were officially part of the league's program since 1996. During the season, the teams that had a third jersey were allowed to play between ten and 15 games with it. The Sharks mostly used this design at home games that took place on Thursdays and put these games under the motto "Black Thursday" ( German  Black Thursday ). The third jersey gave teams the opportunity to experiment with different jersey designs and to further boost merchandising and was used until the end of the 2006/07 season, as new jerseys made and designed by the sporting goods manufacturer Reebok were introduced from the 2007/08 season and the program was initially discontinued by the NHL. With the start of the 2008/09 season , the league resumed the program in which San Jose - like about two-thirds of all teams - also participated. In cooperation with long-term sponsor Seagate Technology , the Sharks presented their new third jersey in November 2009 with the name "BlackArmor" - named after a product of the sponsor. Characterized by a black base color, small parts are again set off on the sleeves by two narrow white stripes and one thicker turquoise stripe. A novelty, however, are the collar that has to be laced for the first time and the first use of a secondary logo on the jersey front. The jerseys are mainly worn at home games on Thursdays, the so-called "BlackArmor Nights" .

The Sharks wore a different shirt design from their inaugural 1991/92 season to 1998 . For home games the shirt was white and for away games it was lighter than the current turquoise. In addition, the design, which only had a few horizontal stripes on the arms and the lower part of the jersey, was less elaborate. The current jerseys have a similarly simple look. The design was revised for the first time in the 1998/99 season . The new jerseys were more modern and appealing. The home jersey, which was used as the third jersey during the 1997/98 season , had a dark pacific turquoise tone. In addition, the sides and sleeves were set off in black and gray . Away, San Jose competed in a jersey with a white base color. In contrast to the home shirt, the sides were in the same color, while the sleeves featured the other three team colors black, gray and dark pacific turquoise.

The trousers of the players are traditionally black, for both home and away games. The socks are kept in the basic color of the jersey worn.

Cooperation with the People's Republic of China

During the 2007/08 season , the San Jose Sharks became the first NHL team to play ice hockey in Asia. In September 2007, the franchise sent five players, all of whom came from the minor league or college , and three coaches to the People's Republic of China , who competed with the China Sharks in the Asia League ice hockey . The purpose of the commitment was to increase the popularity and promote the sport in the most populous region on earth. The contract between San Jose and the team from Beijing was made possible through cooperation with the Chinese Ice Hockey Federation .

Before the start of the 2008/09 season , the Sharks increased their involvement in the People's Republic of China again. They relocated the team from Beijing to Shanghai and signed two players with great NHL experience, Wade Flaherty and Steve McKenna . In addition, Claude Lemieux, who was about to make a comeback, made a few assignments with the China Sharks before his commitment in North America. In the summer of 2009, the Californians ended the cooperation after two years and also sold the acquired rights to the team.

The China Sharks used the old logo of the Cleveland Barons , a former farm team in San Jose, as their logo .

Achievements and honors

Sporting successes

The San Jose Sharks have won the Pacific Division title six times in their franchise history , at the end of the regular season , to which they have belonged since they were accepted into the league . After winning the first time in the 2001/02 season , they repeated the title win in the 2003/04 , 2007/08 , 2008/09 , 2009/10 and 2010/11 season . In addition, they secured the Presidents' Trophy for the first time in the 2008/09 season , which is awarded to the team with the highest points in the regular season. The Sharks achieved the sixth best value of all time with 117 points from 82 games.

Presidents' Trophies
Conference Championships season
Clarence S. Campbell Bowl 2015/16
Division Championships season
Pacific Division 2001/02 , 2003/04 , 2007/08 ,
2008/09 , 2009/10 , 2010/11

The Sharks celebrated their greatest success in the play-offs during the 2003/04 and 2009/10 seasons, when the team advanced to the final of the Western Conference . After victories over the St. Louis Blues and Colorado Avalanche , they failed in the semifinals of the 2004 playoffs in six games at the Calgary Flames and missed the first-time Stanley Cup final and winning the Clarence S. Campbell Bowl . Six years later they repeated this success and lost the conference final 4-0 to the Chicago Blackhawks . In previous years, San Jose had caused quite a stir in the playoffs. In the first round of qualification in the 1993/94 season , the team managed to defeat the best team in the Western Conference, the Detroit Red Wings , in seven games. Something similar was achieved in the 1999/00 game year when the reigning Presidents' Trophy winner from St. Louis also failed after the maximum number of seven games at the San Jose Sharks.

NHL Awards and All-Star Team Nominations

Since the franchise was founded , five San Jose Sharks players have won one of the individual NHL awards . In addition, seven players made it into one of the All-Star teams and six more into the All-Rookie team .

Tony Granato was the first player to succeed after the 1996/97 season with the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy , which honors the player who combines perseverance, dedication and fairness in and for ice hockey. The reason for choosing Granato was that he had suffered a serious head injury in January 1995 after a collision with an opponent, in which a blood clot had formed in the left hemisphere of his brain. Although the attending physicians had predicted the end of his career, he signed a new NHL contract in the summer of 1996 and developed into one of the leading players in San Jose. Next, after the 2000/01 season, Yevgeny Nabokow was awarded the Calder Memorial Trophy as the best rookie . He had led the Sharks this season to be by far the best in the history of the club. After the 2005/06 season there was a “rain of trophies” . Joe Thornton , who was signed by the Boston Bruins during the season , won the Art Ross Trophy as the best scorer in the league and was also awarded the Hart Memorial Trophy as the league's most valuable player . His strike partner Jonathan Cheechoo received the Maurice 'Rocket' Richard Trophy as the league's top scorer because of his 56 goals this season .

Thornton managed to be elected to the NHL First All-Star Team in the 2005/06 season , which no player in San Jose had achieved before. Two years later, three players received a nomination for one of the teams. Thornton was called up to the NHL Second All-Star Team , as was defenseman Brian Campbell, who was signed up during the season . Yevgeny Nabokov received a nomination as the goalkeeper of the First All-Star Team. The following year Dan Boyle was elected to the Second All-Star Team. Joe Pavelski after the 2013/14 season and again Thornton and defender Brent Burns in the 2015/16 season. Six Sharks players have been elected to the NHL All-Rookie Team . In addition to Jeff Friesen in the 1994/95 season , Brad Stuart 1999/00 and Yevgeni Nabokow 2000/01, this also succeeded Matt Carle and Marc-Édouard Vlasic in 2006/07 , making the defense of the all-rookie team completely from players of the Sharks composed. Logan Couture received another nomination in the 2010/11 season .

NHL All-Star Game Nominations

year Surname
1992 Doug Wilson
1993 Pat Falloon *
Kelly Kisio
1994 Artūrs Irbe
Sandis Ozoliņš
1996 Owen Nolan
1997 Tony Granato
Owen Nolan
1999 Marco Sturm
2000 Owen Nolan
2001 Vincent Damphousse *
Yevgeny Nabokov
Marcus Ragnarsson
2002 Vincent Damphousse
Owen Nolan
Teemu Selänne
2003 Teemu Selänne
year Surname
2004 Patrick Marleau
Jonathan Cheechoo **
Christian Ehrhoff **
2007 Jonathan Cheechoo
Patrick Marleau
Joe Thornton
Matt Carle **
2008 Yevgeny Nabokov
Joe Thornton
Ron Wilson ***
2009 Dan Boyle
Patrick Marleau
Joe Thornton
Devin Setoguchi **
Todd McLellan ****
2011 Dan Boyle
Logan Couture *****
year Surname
2012 Logan Couture
Todd McLellan ****
2015 Brent Burns
2016 Brent Burns
Joe Pavelski
2017 Brent Burns
Martin Jones
Joe Pavelski
Peter DeBoer ****
2018 Brent Burns
2019 Brent Burns
Erik Karlsson
Joe Pavelski
2020 Logan Couture *
Tomáš Hertl

* Cancellation due to injury
** Participation in the YoungStars Game
*** Participation as assistant coach
**** Participation as head coach
***** Participation in the skills competition

So far, a total of 38 San Jose Sharks players have been voted into the All-Star Game by fans because of their popularity or have been nominated by the coaches because of their performance.

In the first season of the franchise, then team captain Doug Wilson was nominated for the 1992 NHL All-Star Game . The same honor was bestowed on Kelly Kisio a year later after the nominee Pat Falloon had to cancel his participation due to an injury. The reason for the nominations, although Wilson was an established and experienced NHL player at the time, was less because of the strong performances of the two, but more related to the fact that each team should send at least one player to the game. For the NHL All-Star Game 1994 , the two Latvians Artūrs Irbe and Sandis Ozoliņš were appointed to the starting line-up of the Western Conference . Also in the following two events, Owen Nolan in 1996 and 1997 and Tony Granato - at the request of Commissioner Gary Bettman  - in 1997 other Sharks players took part in the game of the best and most popular players. Due to a change of the host format of "East versus West" to "North America against the rest of the world," the German was Marco Sturm at the NHL All-Star Game in 1999 on the part of the World XI North Americans over after 1998 had first been appointed no player San Jose . After Owen Nolan's third nomination in 2000 , Yevgeny Nabokow and Marcus Ragnarsson were nominated three players for the 2001 event with Vincent Damphousse , who was unable to play the game due to an injury . A year later, with Vincent Damphousse, Owen Nolan and Teemu Selänne , three players took part in the match for the first time, all of whom were selected for the starting line-up of the respective teams - Damphousse and Nolan for the North Americans and Selänne for the world selection. Selänne received another nomination a year later, when the game was played again in the old format "East against West", as did Patrick Marleau in 2004 .

After a two-year loss of All-Star games because of the lockout in 2005 and the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin played to 2,002 in the year 2007 with Jonathan Cheechoo , Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton again three players. Cheechoo and Thornton were voted into the starting line-up by the fans. At the All-Star Game in 2008 with Evgeni Nabokov took part and again Joe Thornton two players from San Jose and Ron Wilson as assistant coach of the Western Conference. This result was surpassed at the 57th All-Star Game in 2009, when Joe Thornton and Dan Boyle received an invitation again. After injury reports in the run-up to the game, another player was nominated with captain Patrick Marleau. In addition, coach Todd McLellan was added, who looked after the All-Stars of the Western Conference as head coach.

In 2011 there was another game after a one-year break. The NHL largely changed the format. For example, the players were partially determined again by the fans, but a so-called Fantasy Draft was held to determine the team membership of the players. Dan Boyle was the only Sharks player to take part in this game. In the following year , Logan Couture was the only representative on the part of the players. But he was supported by Coach McLellan, who was the head coach of an All-Star team for the second time since 2009.

The YoungStars Game, which was held from 2002 to 2009 and was played between the best newcomers to the league as part of the framework program of the actual All-Star Game, was attended by four Sharks players who were nominated by the league management. These were Jonathan Cheechoo and Christian Ehrhoff in 2004 and Matt Carle in 2007. With the format change "Rookies against Sophomores " in 2009, Devin Setoguchi received a nomination as a player for the team of Sophomores. In 2011 the rookies only held a skills competition in which Logan Couture took part.

Season statistics

Abbreviations: GP = games, W = wins, L = defeats, T = draws, OTL = defeats after overtime or shootout , Pts = points, GF = goals scored, GA = goals conceded

season GP W. L. T OTL Pts GF GA space Playoffs
1991/92 80 17th 58 5 - 39 219 359 6th, Smythe not qualified
1992/93 84 11 71 2 - 24 218 414 6th, Smythe not qualified
1993/94 84 33 35 16 - 82 252 265 3rd, Pacific Conference quarter -finals win, 3: 4 ( Detroit )
Conference semi -finals defeat, 4: 3 ( Toronto )
1994/95 1 48 19th 25th 4th - 42 129 161 3rd, Pacific Conference quarter-finals win, 3: 4 ( Calgary )
Conference semi-finals loss, 4: 4 ( Detroit )
1995/96 82 20th 55 7th - 47 252 357 7th, Pacific not qualified
1996/97 82 27 47 8th - 62 211 278 7th, Pacific not qualified
1997/98 82 34 38 10 - 78 210 216 4th, Pacific Conference quarter-finals lost, 2-4 ( Dallas )
1998/99 82 31 33 18th - 80 196 191 4th, Pacific Conference quarter-finals lost, 2-4 ( Colorado )
1999/00 82 35 30th 10 7th 87 225 214 4th, Pacific Conference quarter-finals win, 3: 4 ( St. Louis )
Conference semi-finals loss , 4: 1 ( Dallas )
2000/01 82 40 27 12 3 95 217 192 2nd, Pacific Conference quarter-finals lost, 2-4 ( St. Louis )
2001/02 82 44 27 8th 3 99 248 199 1st, Pacific Conference quarter-finals win, 4-1 ( Phoenix )
Conference semi-finals defeat, 4-1 ( Colorado )
2002/03 82 28 37 9 8th 73 214 239 5th, Pacific not qualified
2003/04 82 43 21st 12 6th 104 219 183 1st, Pacific Conference quarter-finals win, 4-1 ( St. Louis )
Conference semi-finals, 4-2 ( Colorado )
Conference final defeat, 4-1 ( Calgary )
2004/05 2 - - - - - - - - - -
2005/06 82 44 27 - 11 99 266 242 2nd, Pacific Conference quarter-finals win, 4-1 ( Nashville )
Conference semi-finals lost, 4-1 ( Edmonton )
2006/07 82 51 26th - 5 107 258 199 2nd, Pacific Conference quarter-finals win, 4-1 ( Nashville )
Conference semi-finals loss, 4-1 ( Detroit )
2007/08 82 49 23 - 10 108 222 193 1st, Pacific Conference quarter-finals win, 3: 4 ( Calgary )
Conference semi -finals defeat, 4: 2 ( Dallas )
2008/09 82 53 18th - 11 117 254 204 1st, Pacific Conference quarterfinals lost, 2-4 ( Anaheim )
2009/10 82 51 20th - 11 113 264 215 1st, Pacific Victory in the quarter-finals Conference, 4: 2 ( Colorado )
victory in the semi-final Conference, 4: 1 ( Detroit )
failure in the Conference final, 0: 4 ( Chicago )
2010/11 82 48 25th - 9 105 248 213 1st, Pacific Conference quarter-finals win, 4-2 ( Los Angeles )
Conference semi-finals win, Conference finals 4-3 ( Detroit )
Conference final defeat, 4-1 ( Vancouver )
2011/12 82 43 29 - 10 96 228 210 2nd, Pacific Conference quarterfinals lost, 4-1 ( St. Louis )
2012/13 3 48 25th 16 - 7th 57 124 116 3rd, Pacific Conference quarter-finals win, 4-0 ( Vancouver )
Conference semi-finals lost, 4-0 ( Los Angeles )
2013/14 82 51 22nd - 9 111 249 200 2nd, Pacific Conference quarterfinals lost, 3-4 ( Los Angeles )
2014/15 82 40 33 - 9 89 228 232 5th, Pacific not qualified
2015/16 82 46 30th - 6th 98 241 210 3rd, Pacific Conference quarter-finals win, 4-1 ( Los Angeles )
conference semi-finals, 4-3 ( Nashville )
conference finals, 4-2 ( St. Louis )
defeat in Stanley Cup finals, 4-2 ( Pittsburgh )
2016/17 82 46 29 - 7th 99 221 201 3rd, Pacific Conference quarter-finals lost, 2-4 ( Edmonton Oilers )
2017/18 82 45 27 - 10 100 247 226 3rd, Pacific Conference quarter-finals win, 4-0 ( Anaheim )
Conference semi-finals lost, 4-0 ( Vegas )
2018/19 82 46 27 - 9 101 289 261 2nd, Pacific Victory in Conference quarter-finals, 4-3 ( Vegas )
victory in Conference semi-finals, 4-3 ( Colorado )
defeat in Conference final, 2-4 ( St. Louis )
2019/20 4 70 29 36 - 5 63 180 225 8th, Pacific not qualified
total 2218 1049 892 121 156 2375 6329 6415 21 playoff appearances,
41 series: 20 wins, 21 losses
241 games: 119 wins, 122 losses
1 season shortened due to the NHL lockout in 1994/95
2 season because of the NHL lockout 2004/05 failed
3 season shortened due to the 2012/13 NHL lockout
4 season shortened due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Franchise records

Selected player records of the franchise over the entire career as well as over individual seasons are listed below.

Patrick Marleau holds various franchise records


Surname number
Most games Patrick Marleau 1,551 (in 20 seasons)
Most consecutive games Patrick Marleau 624 (April 9, 2009 to April 8, 2017)
Most goals Patrick Marleau 518
Most templates Joe Thornton * 804
Most of the points Patrick Marleau 1,102 (518 goals + 584 assists)
Most penalty minutes Jeff Odgers 1,001
Most shutouts Yevgeny Nabokov 50

* active player of the Sharks; Status after the end of the 2019/20 season

Yevgeny Nabokov is the club's most successful goalkeeper


Surname number season
Most goals Jonathan Cheechoo 56 2005/06
Most templates Joe Thornton 92 2006/07
Most of the points Joe Thornton 114 (22 goals + 92 assists) 2006/07
Most points as a rookie Pat Falloon 59 (25 goals + 34 assists) 1991/92
Most points as a defender Brent Burns 83 (16 goals + 67 assists) 2018/19
Most penalty minutes Link Gaetz 326 1991/92
Most wins as a goalkeeper Yevgeny Nabokov 46 2007/08


The Sharks started their premier season with Canadian George Kingston behind the gang. After an opening season with only 17 wins in 80 games, the club took on the following season with Kingston. The season ended with just eleven wins from 84 games and Kingston was released with an aggregate record of 28 wins, 129 losses and seven draws at the end of the season.

Abbreviations: GC = games, W = wins, L = defeats, T = draws, OTL = defeats after
overtime , Pts = points, Pts% = point quota

Surname season Regular season Playoffs
GC W. L. T OTL Pts Pts% GC W. L.
George Kingston 1991 / 92-1992 / 93 164 28 129 7th - 63 .192 - - -
Kevin Constantine 1993 / 94–1995 / 96 * 157 55 78 24 - 134 .427 25th 11 14th
Jim Wiley 1995/96 * 57 17th 37 3 - 37 .325 - - -
Al Sims 1996/97 82 27 47 8th - 62 .378 - - -
Darryl Sutter 1997 / 98–2002 / 03 * 434 192 167 60 15th 459 .529 42 18th 24
Cap wheels ** 2002/03 * 1 1 0 0 0 2 1,000 - - -
Ron Wilson 2002/03 * - 2007/08 385 206 122 19th 38 469 .609 52 28 24
Todd McLellan 2008 / 09–2014 / 15 540 311 163 - 66 688 .637 62 30th 32
Peter DeBoer 2015 / 16–2019 / 20 * 361 198 129 - 34 430 .596 60 32 28
Bob Boughner since 2019/20 * 37 14th 20th - 3 31 .419 - - -

* Change during the current season; ** Interim trainer

For the 1993/94 season took Kevin Constantine , the great successes in the lower leagues had celebrated as a coach, the post of head coach. Constantine led the Sharks into the playoffs for the first time in franchise history in his first season, and he did the same the following year . The 1995/96 season marked a low point in Constantine's career as a Sharks coach and so he was released after only three wins from the first 25 games during the season. For the remaining 57 games he was replaced by Jim Wiley as interim coach.

As the new coach for the 1996/97 season , management agreed with Al Sims . He could not qualify for the playoffs with an unsatisfactory record, similar to that of the previous year, and had to end his engagement with the Sharks after a year.

With Darryl Sutter , the Northern Californians introduced a new well-known head coach for the 1997/98 season . In contrast to his predecessors, the executive suite gave him more time to build up the team. Despite negative results, the team qualified in the first two seasons under Sutter's direction for the playoffs. In the following years, the season balance improved steadily under him. In the 2000/01 game year , the team reached the mark of 40 wins for the first time and in the 2001/02 season the franchise won the Pacific Division for the first time . After a poor start to the 2002/03 season with nine wins from the first 24 games, the Canadian fared like his predecessors and was thrown out. In the first game after the dismissal, Cap Raeder occupied the position on the gang for one game.

On December 4, 2002 followed the commitment of Ron Wilson , who also missed the playoff qualification. In the 2003/04 season he led the team back to first place in the Pacific Division for the first time after 2002. After the failure of the 2004/05 season , the team started at Wilson's side with high hopes in the 2005/06 season . After a weak start, the signing of Joe Thornton saved the post of coach and the team finished the season in second place in the division. In the following two seasons, the Sharks belonged to the elite of the league with Wilson, who replaced Darryl Sutter as the most successful coach in club history in the course of the 2007/08 season . Despite the renewed win of the Pacific Division, Wilson was released after the third second round off in a row in the playoffs on May 12, 2008. His two assistants Tim Hunter and Rob Zettler left the organization a few weeks later.

One month after Wilson's dismissal, management presented Todd McLellan , the previous assistant coach of the Detroit Red Wings , his successor and thus the seventh head coach in the history of the San Jose Sharks. He then selected Todd Richards , Trent Yawney, and Jay Woodcroft , a video analyst, as assistants. With Corey Schwab , a former goalkeeper was engaged, who relieved Wayne Thomas of work with the goalkeepers after Thomas had taken over the post from Warren Strelow, who had been active in the organization since 1997, on April 11, 2007 .

McLellan led the Sharks six times in a row in the playoffs as well as a Presidents' Trophy and was active twice as a coach in the NHL All-Star Game . After the 2014/15 season, in which the team missed the playoffs for the first time under him, his contract was terminated by mutual agreement. He left the Sharks as a coach with the most games, most wins and the highest win rate. Peter DeBoer , who led the team to the first Stanley Cup final in 2016, was introduced as his successor . He was replaced by Bob Boughner in December 2019 .

General manager

Surname season
Jack Ferreira 1991/92
Chuck Grillo 1992 / 93-1995 / 96
Dean Lombardi 1996 / 97–2002 / 03 *
Wayne Thomas ** 2002/03 *
Doug Wilson since 2003/04

* Change during the current season
** Interim General Manager

In the inaugural season of the franchise, the San Jose Sharks started with NHL-experienced Jack Ferreira as the team's general manager . But since this failed with 17 wins in 80 games and none of his obligations from the drafts hit, he had to vacate his post after one season.

At the beginning of the 1992/93 season he was replaced by Chuck Grillo , who received support from Dean Lombardi and the then head coach George Kingston . By the sacking of Kingston at the end of the season, he resigned after a year in his supporting role. So Grillo and Lombardi stayed in their position before Grillo had to look for a new employer after the 1995/96 season . From the 1996/97 season , Lombardi was the sole director of the team. Lombardi's tenure as GM went through ups and downs. After winning the Pacific Division for the first time in the 2001/02 season , the team slipped to last place in the following season . Some controversial decisions in transfer policy cost Lombardi his job in March 2003. Wayne Thomas , Lombardi's former assistant, took over his position until the end of the season.

For the 2003/04 season , Doug Wilson was hired, a new general manager who had been the franchise's first team captain for the 1991/92 season . The biggest coup in Wilson's managerial career so far, in addition to winning the Pacific Division again in 2003/04 and 2007/08 , is the signing of center Joe Thornton on November 30, 2005.


Squad for the 2019/20 season

Status: end of the 2019/20 season

No. Nat. player Item Date of birth in org. since place of birth
30th CanadaCanada Aaron Dell G 0May 4th 1989 2015 Airdrie , Alberta , Canada
31 CanadaCanada Martin Jones G January 10, 1990 2015 North Vancouver , British Columbia , Canada
88 CanadaCanada Brent BurnsA. D. 0March 9, 1985 2011 Barrie , Ontario , Canada
38 CanadaCanada Mario Ferraro D. 17th September 1998 2019 Toronto , Ontario , Canada
72 SwedenSweden Tim Heed D. January 27, 1991 2016 Gothenburg , Sweden
65 SwedenSweden Erik KarlssonA. D. May 31, 1990 2018 Landsbro , Sweden
5 CanadaCanada Dalton Prout D. March 13, 1990 2019 Kingsville , Ontario , Canada
51 Czech RepublicCzech Republic Radim Šimek D. 20th September 1992 2017 Mladá Boleslav , Czechoslovakia
44 CanadaCanada Marc-Édouard Vlasic D. March 30, 1987 2006 Montreal , Quebec , Canada
39 CanadaCanada Logan CoutureC. C. March 28, 1989 2010 Guelph , Ontario , Canada
7th United StatesUnited States Dylan Gambrell C. August 26, 1996 2018 Bonney Lake , Washington , USA
48 Czech RepublicCzech Republic Tomáš HertlA. C. November 12, 1993 2013 Prague , Czech Republic
9 CanadaCanada Evander Kane LW 02nd August 1991 2018 Vancouver , British Columbia , Canada
68 SwedenSweden Melker Karlsson C. July 18, 1990 2014 Lycksele , Sweden
46 SwedenSweden Joel Kellman C. May 25, 1994 2019 Karlskrona , Sweden
62 United StatesUnited States Kevin Labanc RW December 12, 1995 2016 Staten Island , New York , USA
28 SwitzerlandSwitzerland Timo Meier RW 0October 8, 1996 2016 Herisau , Switzerland
11 United StatesUnited States Stefan Noesen RW February 12, 1993 2019 Plano , Texas , USA
20th SwedenSweden Marcus Soerensen LW 0April 7, 1992 2016 Södertälje , Sweden
19th CanadaCanada Joe ThorntonA C. 02nd July 1979 2005 London , Ontario , Canada

Team captains

year Surname
1991-1993 Doug Wilson
1993-1995 Bob Errey
1995-1996 Jeff Odgers
1996-1998 Todd Gill
1998-2003 Owen Nolan
2003-2004 Mike Ricci (Games 1 to 10)
Vincent Damphousse (Games 11 to 30)
Alyn McCauley (Games 31 through 40)
year Surname
2004-2009 Patrick Marleau (from game 41)
2009-2010 Rob Blake
2010-2014 Joe Thornton
2014–2015 * Patrick Marleau
Joe Pavelski
Joe Thornton
Marc-Édouard Vlasic
2015-2019 Joe Pavelski
since 2019 Logan Couture

* four equal assistant captains

In the history of the San Jose Sharks, there have been 13 different players who have held the position of team captain.

The first player with the "C" on his chest was Canadian Doug Wilson in 1991 , whom the Sharks signed from the Chicago Blackhawks a month before the start of the season . Wilson had 14 seasons in the NHL at this point and was the right person to lead the young team into the first season. After the end of his career, Bob Errey took over the office at the beginning of the 1993/94 season . He remained two seasons in that role because he the team during the 1994-95 season in the direction of Detroit left. So was Jeff Odgers , the longest-serving player at this time, the new captain of the team. After the 1995/96 season he also left the Californians, and so Todd Gill was team captain for the next two years.

At the beginning of the 1998/99 season Owen Nolan took over the captain role . He kept this until his move in 2003. With a total of five seasons, Nolan remained loyal to his office for as long as no other player in the history of the franchise. Since the management did not agree on a clear successor at the beginning of the following season , the new coach Ron Wilson introduced a rotation system. For the first ten games of the 2003/04 season, Mike Ricci wore the "C", followed by Vincent Damphousse , who was captain of the team for the following 20 games. Then Alyn McCauley took over for ten games again before Patrick Marleau , who was then in his seventh season with the Sharks, slipped into this role on January 5, 2004. McCauley had recommended the management after the end of his tenure to discontinue the principle of rotation and to commit to Marleau as a permanent sponsor.

Marleau has held the post longer than any Shark captain before. It was not until the summer of 2009 that head coach Todd McLellan removed him from office in search of a new leader. Shortly before the start of the 2009/10 season , he appointed veteran defender Rob Blake as the new captain. He was in this position for a year before he announced his retirement from active sport after the end of the season. His successor, Joe Thornton , led the Sharks for four years before the 2014/15 season was contested with four assistant captains (Thornton, Marleau, Vlasic and Pavelski ). At the beginning of the 2015/16 season, Joe Pavelski was appointed the new team captain, who left the team in summer 2019. He was succeeded by Logan Couture .

Members of the Hockey Hall of Fame

The first player to the San Jose Sharks, the Russian striker was on 10 November 2008. Igor Larionov in the Canadian Toronto located Fame Hockey Hall of added. The second player followed him three years later - on November 14, 2011 - the Canadian Ed Belfour . Another five years later followed Larionov's former storm colleague Sergei Makarow , with whom he once formed two thirds of the KLM series in the Soviet national team and the OV series in San Jose.

Igor Larionov , San Jose's first hall of fame member
Surname Recording date position
Ed Belfour November 14, 2011 player
Igor Larionov November 10, 2008 player
Sergei Makarov November 14, 2016 player
Teemu Selänne November 13, 2017 player

Larionow and Makarow played between 1993 and 1995 for San Jose in the NHL and were instrumental in the team's first successes during this time. This includes the first qualification for the playoffs and the victory in the first round of the playoffs in 1994. After Larionow made himself in 2007, in which the maximum number of four players had been inducted into the Hall of Fame, justified hopes for an admission, but had not been able to prevail against the competition, the induction took place on November 10, 2008. Makarov finally followed - after 16 years of waiting - on November 14, 2016.

Belfour was a member of the San Jose Sharks roster between January and June 1997 for just over five months. For three players and one right to vote in the NHL Entry Draft , the goalkeeper had switched to the Californians, but could not agree with the team on a new contract. His appointment to the Hall of Fame was announced on June 28, 2011 and followed on November 14, 2011.

A San Jose Sharks official has not yet been inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame.

Blocked jersey numbers

The famous number 99 in honor of the Canadian Wayne Gretzky is the only jersey number that has been banned throughout the league since February 6, 2000 and is therefore no longer given to a player.

No. Surname Blocking date
99 Wayne Gretzky February 6, 2000 (league-wide)

First-round voting rights

NHL Entry Draft

Since 1991, the Sharks had 28 draft rights in the first round of the NHL Entry Draft , nine of which were among the top ten of each year.

Five times - in the Entry Drafts 1992 , 1996 , 1997 , 2003 and 2007 - the Californians were able to select two players in the first round and five times - in 2000 , 2008 , 2009 , 2011 and 2016 - none.

With Pat Falloon , also the first draft pick in franchise history, Andrei Sjusin and Patrick Marleau , the Sharks have selected players in second position three times. Of the 28 players who have selected the Sharks since 1991, 24 players have so far played in the NHL. With the exception of Ty Wishart and Charlie Coyle , who became part of transfer deals, all of them made their debuts in the jersey of the San Jose Sharks. Mike Morris and Teemu Riihijärvi never made it into the National Hockey League.

NHL Supplemental Draft

Surname year Draft position
Jeff McLean 1991 1.
Mark Beaufait 7th
Brian Konowalchuk 1992 3.
Dean New Years Eve 1993 2.

In the NHL Supplemental Draft held from 1986 to 1994 , the Sharks had a total of four voting rights between 1991 and 1994.

Once, in the 1991 Supplemental Draft , San Jose selected two players, including the first choice among all teams, with which the Canadian Jeff McLean was drawn. In the last edition of the draft in 1994 , the Sharks had no right to vote.

The four players who drew the Sharks only made 111 games in the National Hockey League in their career. Of these four players, Jeff McLean and Mark Beaufait were used in eleven games for San Jose. While Brian Konowalchuk ended his career early and never played in the NHL, Dean Sylvester spent his three seasons NHL career with the Buffalo Sabers and Atlanta Thrashers .

Franchise top point collector

The ten best point collectors in the history of the franchise by the end of the 2019/20 regular season and the 2020 playoffs .

Abbreviations: Pos = position, GP = games, G = goals, A = assists, Pts = points, P / G = points per game

Regular season

Surname Item season GP G A. Pts P / G
Patrick Marleau C. 1997 / 98–2016 / 17
1551 518 584 1102 0.71
Joe Thornton C. since 2005/06 1104 251 804 1055 0.96
Joe Pavelski C. 2006 / 07–2018 / 19 963 355 406 761 0.79
Logan Couture C. since 2009/10 715 256 290 546 0.76
Brent Burns D. since 2011/12 660 155 356 511 0.77
Owen Nolan RW 1995 / 96-2002 / 03 568 206 245 451 0.79
Jeff Friesen LW 1994 / 95-2000 / 01 512 149 201 350 0.68
Marc-Édouard Vlasic D. since 2006/07 1035 72 254 326 0.31
Jonathan Cheechoo RW 2002 / 03–2008 / 09 440 165 126 291 0.66
Vincent Damphousse C. 1998 / 99–2003 / 04 385 92 197 289 0.75


Surname Item GP G A. Pts P / G
Patrick Marleau C. 177 68 52 120 0.68
Joe Thornton C. 144 25th 90 115 0.80
Logan Couture C. 116 48 53 101 0.87
Joe Pavelski C. 134 48 52 100 0.75
Brent Burns D. 83 20th 39 59 0.71
Dan Boyle D. 62 11 37 48 0.77
Ryane Clowe RW 68 18th 27 45 0.66
Tomáš Hertl C. 62 24 18th 42 0.68
Marc-Édouard Vlasic D. 142 6th 33 39 0.27
Vincent Damphousse C. 53 15th 23 38 0.72

Well-known former players

(Team membership and position in brackets)

The striker won the Richard Trophy alongside Thornton in the 2005/06 season . Due to injuries, the crowd favorite never found its way back to its old form.
On the day of the Trade Deadline in 1999, he came to San José from Montréal , played in California until the 2004/05 lockout season, sometimes wearing the "C" on his chest.
The first draft pick in the history of the franchise holds the club's internal rookie point record to this day and was transferred to Philadelphia in November 1995 .
He was the first Sharks player to make the leap into the all-rookie team and was a leading player for seven years, transferred to Anaheim in March 2001 .
A total of five years, until the end of his career in 2001, in San José, in 1997 he became the first player in the Sharks jersey to win an NHL award .
Long-time defender, who stood out for his presence on the defensive and leadership skills, left San José in the summer of 2007 and moved to Colorado .
The two-time All-Star began his NHL career in San José in 1991, with him in goal the team reached the playoffs for the first time in the 1993/94 season .
The Russian superstar was a bargain for the Sharks in October 1992 from the waiver list, after problems with management after three years in the direction of Detroit .
In addition to Larionow one of the first stars of the team, stayed in San José for two seasons.
Michálek was rarely able to meet the expectations placed on him due to an injury, and between 2003 and 2009 he scored over 200 points. Then handed in for Heatley to Ottawa .
The goalkeeper guarded the Sharks goal for a whole decade and set various franchise records. He achieved almost 300 victories during this time. Left the team in summer 2010.
Born in Northern Ireland, he was the face of the franchise, held the franchise records for goals, assists and points until the 2006/07 season , and was team captain from 1998 to 2003 .
The Latvian began his NHL involvement in San José in 1992, and despite his departure in 1995 still holds the franchise record for most points by a defender during the season.
The defender played in the shirt of the Sharks for eleven years, held the franchise record for most games until the 2006/07 season and was still the defender with the most points.
Coming from Colorado in November 1997 , he developed into one of the best defensive strikers in the NHL in San José.
“The Finnish Flash” was brought in for Friesen and Shields in March 2001 , but was never able to build on previous performances in San José.
The first round pick from 1996 was the first of several Germans to wear the Californian jersey and was handed over to Thornton in Boston at the end of November 2005 despite consistently good performances.
The 1986 Calder Memorial Trophy winner ended his career in San José and was a fixture on the blue line in the four seasons from 1998 to 2002.
The 1997 playoff MVP solved the team's goalkeeping problem in the 1997/98 season , lost the regular place in his third season and went to Calgary.
First team captain in franchise history between 1991 and 1993, and general manager of the team since the 2002/03 season .



  • Steve Cameron: Feeding Frenzy! The Wild New World of the San Jose Sharks. Taylor Publishing Company, December 1994, ISBN 0-87833-102-6
  • San Jose Sharks 2007-08 Organization Guide. , 2007


Individual evidence

  1., San Jose Sharks Team: Front Office Staff ( Memento October 11, 2007 in the Internet Archive )
  2., Sharks Draft History.
  3., History of the Entry Draft.
  4., The Weird Factor. ( Memento of December 17, 2007 in the Internet Archive )
  5., Experts: The Thornton Trade ( Memento of 17 August 2007 at the Internet Archive )
  6., The New Look Of Sharks Territory Unveiled.
  7., Sharks Territory Just Got Tougher.
  8., Sharks off to best 30-game start in NHL history.
  9., California slowly becoming a hockey hotbed.
  10. ^ NHL Arena Naming Rights.
  11., audience figures from 2001 to 2007.
  12., viewership from 1989 to 2004. ( Memento from November 21, 2008 in the Internet Archive )
  13., NHL Team Valuations: # 19 San Jose Sharks.
  14. a b, Forbes NHL Report 1997-98. ( Memento from November 21, 2008 in the Internet Archive )
  15., Forbes NHL Report 1999-00. ( Memento from November 21, 2008 in the Internet Archive )
  16., Forbes NHL Report 2000-01. ( Memento from November 21, 2008 in the Internet Archive )
  17. a b, Forbes NHL Report 2001-02. ( Memento from November 21, 2008 in the Internet Archive )
  18. a b, Forbes NHL Report 2002-03. ( Memento from November 21, 2008 in the Internet Archive )
  19., Forbes NHL Report 2003-04. ( Memento from November 21, 2008 in the Internet Archive )
  20. a b, NHL Team Valuations.
  21. a b, NHL Team Valuations.
  22. ^ A b, The Business Of Hockey.
  23. a b c, NHL Team Valuations 2010: # 18 San Jose Sharks.
  24., Silicon Valley Learns How To Play Hockey.
  25., NHL team payrolls. ( Memento from November 21, 2008 in the Internet Archive )
  26. a b, Mascot Madness: SJ Sharkie. ( Memento from May 5, 2011 in the Internet Archive )
  27., official website of SJ Sharkie (English) .
  28., Sharks to send players, coaches to China
  29. a b, San Jose Strengthens Ties to China Sharks
  30., SVS & E Moves China Sharks To Shanghai.
  31., San Jose Sharks Season Statistics and Records.
  32. a b c, San Jose Sharks Player List .
  33. ^, San Jose Sharks Draft History.

Web links

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