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POSTED ON Thursday, 06.21.2012 / 5:03 PM
By Dan Rusanowsky - Sharks Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp

So, the Stanley Cup Champion has been decided, the Awards Show has just ended in Las Vegas, the draft and free agency are coming up, and baseball, soccer, and motor racing seasons are in full swing. What’s a hockey fan to do when he has a few minutes of free time from armchair GM’ing?

As they say in Quebec, “Mesdames et Messieurs, le calendrier est arrivé.”

It’s an annual rite of passage that has traditionally occurred in July. But on the second day of summer, the 2012-13 National Hockey League schedule has arrived, and all across the continent, fans, executives, players, coaches, and broadcasters are all in full analysis mode.

First things first: the season is scheduled to start on October 12th, which is nearly a week later than this past campaign. It begins with a quick foray into Southern California, but into Orange County and Duck Hockey. There are only eight games in October, which is a lower number than usual, but that includes a marquee Opening Night against the New York Rangers on October 15th at HP Pavilion. That’s very exciting.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 06.21.2012 / 3:55 PM
By Alex Aragon - Staff Writer / The Daily Chomp


To celebrate Sharks history, each week we will highlight moments of the past. So check back to the Daily Chomp each week to celebrate with us for Throwback Thursday. In addition, we will be giving away special Sharks throwback items every Thursday.

This week the Daily Chomp takes a look at the Sharks 1997-98 season.

Did you know... the Sharks drafted alternate captain Patrick Marleau 2nd overall at the 1997 NHL Entry Draft (1st overall was current Sharks captain Joe Thornton by Boston).

More from that year:
  • The Sharks set a then franchise record for most wins (34), and second highest point total (78: 34-38-10)
  • Patrick Marleau entered training camp at 17 years old, subsequently making the Sharks roster
  • Marleau appeared in 74 games his rookie season, posting 32 points (13-19=32)
  • Marco Sturm, Andrei Zyuzin and Alexander Korolyuk joined Marleau as Calder-eligible skaters
  • Veterans Stephane Matteau, Mike Vernon, Mike Ricci and Bryan Marchment acquired during the season
  • Jeff Friesen led the Sharks with 63 points, 20 points more than the next closest Shark
  • In doing so, Friesen became the youngest player in NHL history to lead his team in scoring (at 21 years old)
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POSTED ON Wednesday, 06.20.2012 / 1:43 PM
By Sarah Peters - Digital Content Developer / The Daily Chomp


Sharks fans, are you traveling this offseason? Then make your destination Sharks Territory!

Every Wednesday between now and September 19, we will post the best 3-5 photos of the week on the Daily Chomp blog. Fans will vote on their favorite photo each week. The winner of the week's best photo will receive a mini Sharks Territory sign autographed by their favorite Sharks player. Then, the 19 weekly winners will square off for the best photo of the offseason and the Grand Prize - a team signed, full size Sharks Territory sign plus two tickets to a 2012-13 game!

Check out this week's top fan photos and be sure to vote on which one you think is the best in the form below.

Lisa Cunningham
Mona Lisa
Mike Erdman
Nome, Alaska
Michelle Meislahn
Tower of Pisa
Laura Morrison
Bridges of Madison County
Shahan Vartivarian
Inside the Operating Room

The voting period has now ended for this week's photos. Results will be posted in the following week's Daily Chomp entry.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 1:34 PM
By Dan Rusanowsky - Sharks Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp

When NHL clubs gather at Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh on June 22nd and 23rd, the future stars of the world’s fastest game will undoubtedly be selected in the NHL Entry Draft. While it is a time of great excitement for everyone involved, it is also a time when some of the most important work is done by each organization.

For families of prospective draftees, it is a time when many years of hard work and dedication are validated by being selected, whether it is in the first or seventh round. It is a time of reward for all of the hard work that the teams’ scouting staffs have placed into pounding the pavements of the hockey world to find the next great member of one’s organization.

It’s a fun time for fans, too, who pack the arena where the draft is located, have “draft parties” in their respective communities, and who handicap the results by doing a little armchair GM’ing of their own. There are often trades executed, which happen right before everyone’s eyes, and there are lots of wheeling and dealing moments to watch.

QUALITY OF DRAFTS

Normally, everyone wants to know whether the upcoming prospect pool is deep enough to call the draft a “good” or “deep” one. My view of it is that every draft is a good draft, and it is a fact that every draft produces outstanding NHL players.

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 06.19.2012 / 12:40 PM
By Sarah Peters - Digital Content Developer / The Daily Chomp


Tuesday Trivia is a weekly feature of the Daily Chomp. Check back next week for a new question and prize.

This year's NHL Draft will take place this weekend in Pittsburgh with the Sharks currently owning the #17 overall pick. Looking back at past years, the NHL Draft has been held in Pittsburgh one other time in NHL history.

TRIVIA: Who were the number one and number two overall picks the last time the NHL Draft was held in Pittsburgh?

(HINT: Check out the Sharks Draft Central page)

Prize: Submit your answer in the form below for a chance to win a signed Sharks shirt. Submissions must be received by Thursday, June 21 at 12 p.m. (Pacific).



This trivia contest has ended and is closed for any further submissions.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 06.17.2012 / 5:55 PM
By Drew Remenda - Sharks TV, Color Commentator / The Daily Chomp

Since the Sharks were eliminated from the playoffs in the first round, I have read and listened to various members of the hockey media list the team as one of the most interesting teams to follow this summer.

What will Doug Wilson do? Who will be in teal next season? How many personnel changes will the team undergo? Does the core remain intact?

Before those questions get answered, management have a quandary to sift through. Where is the game going? What style of play will dominate and be the most effective? Is the playoff hockey we just finished watching here to stay? Is the dots to board game the norm or the exception?

The teams that were strong attacking teams -- Pittsburgh, Boston, Vancouver, Detroit, Chicago and Philadelphia -- tried to create offense but were gone early. Teams that ignored the neutral zone, employed a powerful forecheck played to a zero game were in the hunt for the Cup longer.

New Jersey and Los Angeles fashioned a style that Devils Head Coach Pete DeBoer described as "heavy". That doesn't mean that the skill is gone from the game. Los Angeles played quick hockey. Short passes to breakout. Straight lines through the neutral zone. Relentless forecheck with an aggressive pinch and quick shots to the net. Quick shots because a shooting lane doesn't stay open very long.

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POSTED ON Friday, 06.15.2012 / 12:53 PM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp

Time for my weekly Baker's Dozen.
  1. Brad Stuart is a tough, hard-nosed defenseman that has won a Stanley Cup. The Sharks have exclusive rights to negotiate with him until July 1 and he would be a great addition to the team if he is signed. I think Doug Wilson’s take on Stuart sums up why it’s a good move: “Brad is a player we are very familiar with – a physical, team-first defenseman who is tough to play against, which is exactly the kind of mentality we want our team to possess.”
    #ToughToPlayAgainst

  2. Matt Duchene of the Colorado Avalanche might have said it best on his Twitter account after the Kings won the Cup: @Matt9Duchene “29 very jealous teams right now. Hoping one day it will be our turn. Congrats to the LA Kings on their 1st ever Stanley Cup."
    #HeyMatt_GetInLine_SharksAreNext

  3. The three big story lines for the summer considering player movement are Rick Nash, Zach Parise and Ryan Suter. Lots of teams would be interested in those players but the question is where will they end up?
    #AtWhatCost?
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POSTED ON Thursday, 06.14.2012 / 9:40 AM
By Sarah Peters - Digital Content Developer / The Daily Chomp


To celebrate Sharks history, each week we will highlight moments of the past. So check back to the Daily Chomp each week to celebrate with us for Throwback Thursday. In addition, we will be giving away special Sharks throwback items every Thursday.

This week the Daily Chomp takes a look at the Sharks 1996-97 season.

Did you know... the 47th NHL All-Star Game was played at San Jose Arena on January 18.

More from that year:
  • Al Sims was named head coach on June 6.
  • Signed Ron Sutter, Tony Granato, Bernie Nichols and Kelly Hrudey.
  • Acquired Ed Belfour, Marty McSorley, Al Iafrate and Todd Gill.
  • Nicholls played in his NHL 1,000th game at St. Louis on October 20.
  • Gill became the fourth team captain in franchise history on December 3.
  • Owen Nolan recorded a hat trick in the All-Star Game in front of his home crowd.
  • Granato also represented the Sharks as an All-Star as the commissioner's special selection
  • Granato became the first player in franchise history to win a major postseason NHL award by receiving the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy on June 21.
Also, be sure to check out the Sharks History Page and the Photo of the Day.

1996 Pop Culture:
  • Ebay started the online auction and shopping website, where people buy and sell goods and services worldwide.
  • Dolly the sheep, the first mammal to be successfully cloned
  • American Pathfinder launched on its 310 million mile mission to Mars
  • Spice Girls First Number 1 "Wannabe" hit record stores
  • People thought aliens would take over the planet after seeing Independence Day
  • Ali Landry won Miss USA
  • Tickle Me Elmo toys were flying off the shelves
  • The hottest dance was the Macarena

Sharks Throwback Giveaway

Fill out the form below for a chance to win a unique Sharks Throwback prize. Increase your chances of winning and tweet using #SharksThrowback or text "Throwback" to 74499.


This giveaway contest has ended and is closed for any further submissions.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 06.13.2012 / 11:09 AM
By Frank Albin - Director of Broadcasting / The Daily Chomp

It’s took 9 months, 1230 regular season and 81 playoff games to crown a new Stanley Cup king, or Kings. Hockey is back on the map in southern California.

Entering the playoffs as the 8 seed, and following a mad scramble to make the playoffs, the Kings had a run like no one else in recent memory. The LA club knocked off the top 3 seeds in the west, Vancouver, St. Louis and Phoenix. Then they erased the Eastern conference champ New Jersey Devils in 6 games.

While the Kings are one of the Sharks biggest rivals, it’s hard not to give them the respect they are due. They are a club that could contend for years to come. Jonathan Quick was brilliant in goal on the way to the Cup MVP. Captain Dustin Brown came up big when his team needed it most. Anzi Kopitar proved to the hockey world that he is an elite player. From the stars to the role players, each man made important contributions.

Congrats go out to coach Darryl Sutter and GM Dean Lombardi. Good men who did a great job guiding the Kings to their first Cup win since entering the league in 1967.

Devils’ forward, and former Shark Steve Bernier will be seen as the goat of the Cup finals. His 5 -minute major in the first period saw LA capitalize with 3 quick-strike power play goals. It was certainly a tough break for Bernier.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 06.13.2012 / 9:35 AM
By Patrick Hooper - Digital Content Developer / The Daily Chomp


Sharks fans, are you traveling this offseason? Then make your destination Sharks Territory!

Every Wednesday between now and September 19, we will post the best 3-5 photos of the week on the Daily Chomp blog. Fans will vote on their favorite photo each week. The winner of the week's best photo will receive a mini Sharks Territory sign autographed by their favorite Sharks player. Then, the 19 weekly winners will square off for the best photo of the offseason and the Grand Prize - a team signed, full size Sharks Territory sign plus two tickets to a 2012-13 game!

Check out this week's top fan photos and be sure to vote on which one you think is the best in the form below.

Seferino Aguilar
Protecting Our Nation
Vincent DiMaggio
Under the Sea
Elizabeth Naumann
Dublin is Sharks Territory
Manuel Pineda
At the Colosseum Walls
Antonio Venezio
The Class of 2012

The voting period has now ended for this week's photos. Results will be posted in the following week's Daily Chomp entry.


Check out all of our Sharks Territory Fan photos here.

Request your own Sharks Territory sign at SJSHARKS.com/sharksterritory.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 6 5 1 0 21 13 10
2 LAK 6 4 1 1 15 10 9
3 SJS 6 4 1 1 20 15 9
4 NSH 5 3 0 2 12 8 8
5 CGY 7 4 3 0 19 17 8
6 CHI 4 3 0 1 12 7 7
7 VAN 4 3 1 0 13 10 6
8 DAL 5 2 1 2 15 17 6
9 STL 5 2 2 1 12 9 5
10 MIN 4 2 2 0 10 4 4
11 ARI 4 2 2 0 13 18 4
12 COL 6 1 4 1 9 20 3
13 WPG 5 1 4 0 8 15 2
14 EDM 5 0 4 1 11 25 1

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
P. Marleau 6 4 3 1 7
B. Burns 6 1 6 1 7
J. Thornton 6 1 5 4 6
J. Pavelski 6 2 3 4 5
T. Wingels 6 3 1 -1 4
L. Couture 6 1 3 1 4
M. Irwin 4 2 1 -2 3
M. Nieto 6 1 2 2 3
T. Hertl 6 2 0 4 2
M. Vlasic 6 1 1 4 2
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 3 0 0 .933 2.27
A. Stalock 1 1 1 .933 2.27
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