San Jose Sharks History
The San Jose Sharks have been a member of the NHL since 1991 after finally bringing the
NHL back to the area after the California Golden Seals, who had played their home games in Oakland, left in 1976. The team
played their first three seasons at the Cow Palace just outside of San Francisco but moved to the SAP Center (then known as
the San Jose Arena) for the 1993-1994 season and have remained there ever since. The same year the Sharks made the playoffs
as the eighth seed in the Western Conference and faces the top seeded Detroit Red Wings in the first round whom they defeated
in one of the biggest upsets in the history of the Stanley Cup Playoffs. They went on to lose in the second round but had
sent a message to the NHL that the new kids on the block were not going to be pushed around. They went on to reach the playoffs
again the following year, and again lost in the second round. After a couple of years of rebuilding, the Sharks mad a return
to the playoffs and have since been a regular participant in the postseason. The 2008-2009 Sharks team won the President's
Trophy for finishing with the most regular season points. The franchise is still anxiously looking forward to their first
Stanley Cup Championship and die hard fans have their fingers crossed that this could be the year.
The 2013-2014 San Jose Sharks have had a good regular season and trail only the Anaheim Ducks in the Pacific Division.
The Sharks appear to have struck an excellent balance between their offense and defense and currently rank 6th in goals against
average in the NHL and 8th in goals per game. Alex Stalock has been keeping the puck out of the net all season and stalwart
defense from the likes of Dan Boyle has made sure not too many shots get fired on the goal. Offensively, veteran captain Joe
Thornton leads the way in points and assists while Joe Pavelski is the leading goal scorer. With some key victories down the
stretch there is a chance the Sharks could pass the rival Anaheim Ducks and finish at the top of the division, assuring an
excellent seed in the playoffs. Be sure to be there down the stretch and during the playoff run with tickets courtesy of StubHub.
Hockey fans in general are some of the most passionate sports fans around, but nothing quite matches
the fanaticism surrounding the NHL playoffs and fans of the San Jose Center are some of the most dedicated and vociferous
fans in the entire NHL. On game day at SAP Center the fans file in and take their seats and that is when the cheering and
chanting begins. As the clock winds down closer and closer to the dropping of the puck the crowd works itself into a frenzy.
Finally both teams are ready for face off and the excitement really begins. Thunderous, bone rattling hits, incredible displays
of speed and agility, powerful slapshots, and tremendous saves set the arena on fire for the following three periods of world
class college hockey. By the time the final buzzer sounds your voice is hoarse and your palms are stinging from clapping and
giving high fives and you will already be planning a return trip. Everything is ratcheted up a notch during the NHL playoffs
and the further teams advance the more intense the competition becomes. If you thought regular season NHL games were exciting,
just wait until you experience an NHL playoff game live and in person.
NHL Western Conference Pacific Division
Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the NHL is made up of seven teams: the Anaheim Ducks, the Calgary Flames, the
Edmonton Oilers, the Los Angeles Kings, the Phoenix Coyotes, the San Jose Sharks, and the Vancouver Canucks. The Pacific Division
was formed in 1993 and is currently the only division in the NHL without an Original Six team. The most recent Stanley Cup
Champion to come out of the division is the Los Angeles Kings who won it in 2012. Three other Pacific Division teams have
won the championship: the 1995-1996 Colorado Avalanche, the 1998-1999 Dallas Stars (who are no longer in the division), and
the 2006-2007 Anaheim Ducks. There are several intense rivalries in the Pacific Division which means that every division game
is going to be hotly contested. Teams from the Pacific Division are regularly among the best in the Western Conference and
are typically serious contenders for a Stanley Cup Championship.
The most well known home game
tradition is the lowering of a 15 foot shark head from the ceiling. As the sharks prepare to hit the ice the lights are lowered
and the shark's eyes flash and fog pours out just before the team skates through the mouth, led onto the ice by their goalie,
to the music of Metallica's Seek and Destroy.