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Welcome to San Jose Mr. Mayers

12-Year NHL Veteran Inks One-Year Deal with Sharks

Wednesday, 08.04.2010 / 5:30 PM / News
By San Jose Sharks Staff
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Welcome to San Jose Mr. Mayers
The Sharks front office is happy with getting a player like forward Jamal Mayers to fit into the roster. On the other hand, Mayers is just as happy to be coming to San Jose.

“It’s certainly very exciting news,” said Mayers from his St. Louis home. “I’m glad we were able to come to an agreement and get something done. I’m really excited about fitting in with the group and being part of something special. I’ve just been here in St. Louis in the offseason training and getting prepared for the season and waiting to get the call that a team like San Jose was interested.”

For Mayers, there’s no doubt, a team like the Sharks was at the forefront of his desired locations.

“No question,” Mayers said. “It’s no secret that at this point in my career, having not yet been able to win (the Stanley Cup), it certainly weighed in my decision process and I wanted to go somewhere I thought had the best chance to win. Obviously having played against the Sharks for years and seeing the team they’ve become the last few years is certainly attractive.”

The always discussed noise level of HP Pavilion is also a factor as players prefer skating in front of sold out, loud buildings.

“I’ve always described it as the loudest building to play in,” Mayers said. “I don’t know what it is, whether it’s the energy of the fans or the way the building is shaped. It’s always been a deafening building and I’m very excited to have them on our side.”

Mayers can score, but make no mistake, his penchant is to make life hard on the other team.

“I like to use my speed to get in on the forecheck and be physical, hopefully making it a long night for the opposing team’s defense,” Mayers said.

Off the ice, Mayers will bring intangibles to the table as well.

“I’ll try to lead by example with my preparation and practice habits,” Mayers said. “If things need to be said at the appropriate time, you do so.”

The odd part of Mayers move to the California coast is he doesn’t have much of a tie with people in the organization and has never played on a National Hockey League team with a current Sharks player.

“I guess that’s what happens when you stay with one organization for 12 years,” Mayers said with a smile. “Typically if the player didn’t pass through St. Louis, I didn’t have much contact with him. Trent Yawney (Sharks assistant coach) was here my first year. I know him a little bit, but haven’t seen him in a long time. I don’t know too many guys on the team. I played with (Dany) Heatley (at the World Championships).”

The next step for Mayers and his family may be a quick tour of their new hometown to find a house and enroll the kids in school

“We’re in a bit of a time crunch with out daughter going into kindergarten,” Mayers said. “We’ll try to find a house quick. Come out for a day and then come back to get to know the guys.”

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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
 
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A. Stalock 12 5 2 .932 1.87
A. Niemi 39 17 7 .913 2.39
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