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Name the Blog Winners - 1/11/2012

Wednesday, 01.11.2012 / 2:18 PM
By Patrick Hooper - Digital Content Developer / The Daily Chomp
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Name the Blog Winners - 1\/11\/2012


In the month of December, sjsharks.com unveiled a new daily blog meant to keep Sharks fans up to date with events and news items about their team and throughout the sport of hockey.

To help give fans ownership over the blog, there was a contest held to have fans help name the new feature. After nearly 200 submitted names, The Daily Chomp quickly rose to the top of the list as a finalist and it was later voted as the new name of the Sharks official blog. Five Sharks fans suggested "The Daily Chomp". They were each invited  to a Sharks game and asked to share their experience in the blog they helped name. Here are the first three winners of the Sharks Blog Name Contest:

BACH NGUYEN

My love for San Jose hockey started off in 1992 while watching a group of rag tag players with hopes to win a championship. No, it wasn't the Sharks team led by baby-faced Doug Wilson and goal-tended by "Like Wall" Arturs Irbe. Instead it was a team coached by baby-faced Gordon Bombay and goal-tended by "Like Donut" Goldberg. While unfortunate because it spawned the much despised Anaheim Sucks (intentional typo), The Mighty Ducks' movie series brought hockey into my life. It turned my baseball mitt into a goalie glove, local tennis courts into roller hockey rinks, and every chance to shoot the puck into a knuckle-puck.

And ever since then, hockey became my favorite sport and naturally, the San Jose Sharks became my favorite team.

My girlfriend, Yvonne, and I had the privilege to attend last Thursday's Sharks game versus the lowly Columbus Blue Jackets through tickets won by submitting the winning name for this blog, The Daily Chomp. Speeding home from work, throwing on my jersey, and picking up Yvonne, we were on our way to what would be a memorable evening. Arriving in downtown, I was faced with my first obstacle: parking. Passing by lots charging $25, we decided to park a number of blocks away to avoid the extra expense. Plus, the extra walk offsets all of the holiday weight I put on, right? Sadly that possibility quickly dissolved as we delighted in fried oyster sandwiches at our local favorite, Poor House Bistro.

Finishing our meal, we were off to the game where we enjoyed watching three well-played periods leading to a well-earned 2-1 victory by Los Tiburones. Intermissions were spent demolishing Yvonne in Words With Friends. Sorry, babe, I know it would've been 50 points, but "dwanky" isn't a word. Though, using it in a sentence like, "The Canucks are dwanky" seems oddly appropriate. Arm in arm, we begin our half mile trek back to our car to end a great evening. Shivering in the night cold, I think to myself that I should have paid the $25 for nearby parking. I blame my frugal ethnicity.

Overall, it was an absolutely blessed evening.

Thank you Sharks Organization and cheers to a great season and hopes to winning the Cup!

BENNY HO

When the Sharks first issued out a contest for naming the Sharks' blog, I thought "What a great way for the fans to get involved in the organization". I had no idea that they would actually select someone's suggestion, especially not mine. But that was what happened and how "The Daily Chomp" came to be. It was a fantastic feeling when I found out the organization chose my name, and also gave me two free tickets to the game against the Blue Jackets.

I must say, it was an exciting game. After Columbus went up 1-0 the Sharks were able to battle back, in true fashion. They had shift after shift of quality play, and were getting quality chances. They quickly drew a few penalties with some good, sustained pressure in the offensive zone and turned it into a battle again with Ryane Clowe's powerplay goal.

The fans around my section were excited to see the Sharks battling back with passion and vigor. They started forechecking hard, driving the puck, blocking shots, passing smooth; a recipe for Sharks' success. Soon after the second period began, Joe Thornton batted the puck past Sanford's glove to give the Sharks the 2-1 lead that they never gave up.

There were a few rather comical times at the game, especially the feud between Rick Nash and Dan Boyle. Not to mention a little boy dancing his heart out to win a new PS3. Overall, the Sharks organization shows that they truly care about the fans. Having the opportunity to name the Sharks' blog and write this blog has been a true honor. And I am proud to call myself a San Jose Sharks Fan.

ERNESTO RAMIREZ

After a hard fought victory we get to say great job Sharks. The game started off tough until the Sharks put in the equalizer during the power play to give the crowd a much needed spark. From there, the Sharks never looked back and made for a very exciting, although at times nerve wracking, game. When the play got chippy the toughness came out which is always fun as a fan to see. The boys stuck up for each other. In the end it was a great night out and the victory made for a much sweeter ride home with my Pops.

Thank you for choosing "The Daily Chomp" as the name for the blog because it was definitely worth enjoying a victory night at The Tank...bonus we got free Amicis pizza for being extra loud!

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

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2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 41 38 23 79
J. Thornton 82 11 65 20 76
P. Marleau 82 33 37 0 70
L. Couture 65 23 31 21 54
B. Burns 69 22 26 26 48
T. Wingels 77 16 22 11 38
D. Boyle 75 12 24 -8 36
J. Demers 75 5 29 14 34
T. Hertl 37 15 10 11 25
M. Nieto 66 10 14 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 12 5 2 .932 1.87
A. Niemi 39 17 7 .913 2.39
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