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San Jose Sharks
The San Jose Sharks are a professional hockey team in the National Hockey League (the NHL). The San Jose Sharks play in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference with four other teams: the Anaheim Ducks, the Dallas Stars, the Los Angeles Kings and the Phoenix Coyotes. Sharks tickets will be a hot item during the 2014-2015 NHL hockey schedule.
San Jose Sharks 2014-2015 Outlook
Despite their promises to rebuild and become a “tomorrow team,” the Sharks will be icing more or less the same lineup that coughed up the series against the Kings. And that’s … good? I think it’s good.
Remember, despite all the hand-wringing over how their season ended, this was a 111-point team. And in the end, San Jose lost a seven-game series to the eventual champions. The Sharks are stacked with talent, they’re due for a little bit of good luck, and if they can just hold it together, they can absolutely be Cup contenders.
That “if” seems like a big one, though, because you get the sense this is a franchise that’s desperate to destroy itself. In addition to the vows to tear down and rebuild, there was the curious decision to strip Joe Thornton of the captaincy. The Sharks have plenty of good young players, so some sort of passing of the torch may be all well and good, but Thornton7 has somehow wound up as the scapegoat for the franchise’s inability to get to the final, and it’s just wrong.
The Sharks should be one of the league’s best teams during the regular season, and they’d have as good a chance at the Cup as any other once the playoffs started. But after management sent such a mixed message over the summer, you wonder how they’ll (over)react to the first little wobble along the way.
The San Jose Sharks franchise was founded in 1991 in San Jose, California. The San Jose Sharks played in the Cow Palace in Daly City, California, just outside of San Francisco. The San Jose Sharks had little success during their early years in the NHL. In the first season, the San Jose Sharks endured a 17-game losing streak during the NHL regular season and finished the season with an NHL-record 71 losses. During the 1993-1994 NHL season, the franchise moved to its current home, the San Jose Arena, now the HP Pavilion in San Jose, California. The San Jose Sharks miraculously won 33 games that season, and its 83 points was good enough to advance to the NHL playoffs for the first time in franchise history. The magic continued as the San Jose Sharks defeated the defending Stanley Cup Champion Detroit Red Wings in a memorable 7-game series in the Quarterfinals. Despite leading the Toronto Maple Leafs 3-2 in the Conference Semifinals, the San Jose Sharks lost Games 6 and 7 in Toronto, and the season abruptly ended in disappointment. The San Jose Sharks have enjoyed much success in San Jose. Since the 1993-1994, the San Jose Sharks have failed to make the playoffs only 3 times. The San Jose Sharks advanced to the Western Conference Finals once in 2004, but the San Jose Sharks lost to the Calgary Flames in an exciting 6-game series, denying the San Jose Sharks a berth in the Stanley Cup Finals for the 1st time in franchise history.
The San Jose Sharks have not retired any players’ jersey numbers. The NHL retired Wayne Gretzky’s jersey number #99 league-wide on February 6, 2000.
San Jose Sharks TV/Radio
All San Jose Sharks hockey games can be seen on the Comcast SportsNet California television network in the greater San Jose / Oakland area. ESPN has television rights to San Jose Sharks hockey games based on the popularity of the game. Tune into the San Jose Sharks flagship station KFOX 98.5 on your FM dial to catch each San Jose Sharks hockey game on the radio.
The San Jose Sharks play their home games in the SAP Center at San Jose. The SAP Center at San Jose (formerly San Jose Arena, Compaq Center at San Jose and HP Pavilion at San Jose) is an American indoor arena, located in San Jose, California. Its primary tenant is the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League, and the arena has been nicknamed the "Shark Tank".
Construction began in 1991 and was delayed after the San Jose Sharks requested an upgrade to NHL standards including the addition of luxury suites, a press box and increased seating capacity. The arena was completed in 1993 under the name San Jose Arena. In 2001, naming rights were sold to Compaq, and it was renamed Compaq Center at San Jose. After HP purchased Compaq in 2002, the arena was renamed HP Pavilion, the same name as one of its computer models. It was announced in late April 2007 that the HP Pavilion at San Jose would be receiving several building improvements, including a new center-hung LED video display system from Daktronics similar to that of the TD Banknorth Garden, home of the Boston Bruins of the NHL.
In June 2013, German software company SAP (co-founded by Sharks managing partner Hasso Plattner, who is also SAP’s chairman of the board) purchased the naming rights to the facility in a five-year deal worth $3.35 million per year. The arena was renamed "SAP Center at San Jose" following the approval of the San Jose City Council.
In 2006, the SAP Center sold the most tickets (633,435) to non-sporting events of any venue in the Western United States, and the fourth highest total in the world, after Madison Square Garden in New York City (USA), the Manchester Evening News Arena in Manchester (UK), and the Air Canada Centre in Toronto (Canada). The SAP Center hosted events for WWE such as the 1998 Royal Rumble and the 2001 SummerSlam. Other events hosted at the arena include the 1996 United States Figure Skating Championships, the 47th National Hockey League All-Star Game in 1997, the 1999 NCAA Women’s Final Four, ArenaBowl XVI in 2002, the 2007 USA Gymnastics Visa Championships, and UFC 139 on November 19, 2011.
SAP Center at San Jose
525 West Santa Clara Street
San Jose, California 95113