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Sharks Sign Bay Area Native Sena Acolatse to an Entry Level Contract

20-Year Old Defenseman Becomes the First Bay Area Prospect to Sign a Professional Contract with the San Jose Sharks

Friday, 03.4.2011 / 10:10 AM PT / News
By San Jose Sharks Staff
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Sharks Sign Bay Area Native Sena Acolatse to an Entry Level Contract
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The San Jose Sharks have signed unrestricted free agent defensive prospect Sena Acolatse (pronounced sehna ah-koh-LOT-say) to an entry level contract. Originally from Hayward, Calif., Acolatse becomes the first Bay Area-born prospect to be signed by the Sharks.

Acolatse, 20, has spent the majority of this season with Prince George of the Western Hockey League (WHL) following an early season trade from Saskatoon. Between both clubs, he has posted 56 points (14 goals and 42 assists) in 59 games, along with 121 penalty minutes.

“This is a great moment for me to sign with the Sharks and join a tremendous organization that is building a winning tradition,” said Acolatse, who has collected 12 points in the last 10 games. “Coming to Prince George has been an excellent move for me and I want to thank the Cougars for giving me the opportunity to continue growing my game here.”

He currently ranks fourth among all WHL defensemen in scoring and is tied for 28th among all WHL skaters in assists and tied for 30th in penalty minutes. Among Prince George players, he is first in assists, third in points and third in penalty minutes.

“We have been watching Sena for quite a while and his play has really grown this season under the guidance of Head Coach Dean Clark and his staff,” said Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson. “It’s always exciting to add a prospect of this caliber to our organization but it is even more gratifying to know that Sena’s interest in learning to play hockey can be traced to the inception of the Sharks franchise, who were ‘born’ the same year he was.”

Born in Hayward in 1990, Acolatse grew up watching the Sharks, attending games with his father. He soon began skating and playing hockey at the facility now known as Sharks Ice at Fremont. Due to a family relocation, Acolatse moved to Edmonton, Alberta in 1998, where he continued his hockey career.

“We continue to see the growth of hockey in the Bay Area and the impact that the Sharks Ice facilities are having on our local youth hockey players,” said Sharks Ice General Manager Jon Gustafson. “Each year, more and more players are graduating from our Junior Sharks program and advancing their hockey careers at the D-I University or Canadian and United States Junior levels and several have earned NHL contracts. It’s very exciting for these kids and their families. We wish Sena the best of luck as he takes the next step in his hockey career.”

The 5-foot-11, 210 pound defenseman has notched 147 points (44 goals and 103 assists) and 492 penalty minutes in 314 WHL games with Seattle, Saskatoon and Prince George.

Acolatse will continue to play at Prince George this season.


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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
5 CHI 74 44 24 6 209 172 94
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 CGY 76 41 28 7 224 201 89
9 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 75 37 30 8 210 212 82
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 75 36 31 10 67
J. Thornton 71 14 48 -4 62
L. Couture 75 24 37 -4 61
B. Burns 75 16 39 -5 55
P. Marleau 75 17 35 -17 52
T. Wingels 68 15 20 -5 35
T. Hertl 75 12 17 -2 29
M. Nieto 65 8 16 -11 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
M. Karlsson 46 13 9 -2 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 7 7 1 .902 2.60
A. Niemi 29 22 7 .914 2.62
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