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Fans Invited to Participate in Playoff Beard-a-thon

Tuesday, 04.8.2014 / 1:00 PM PT / News
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Fans Invited to Participate in Playoff Beard-a-thon

SAN JOSE - It's playoff time. The passion. The emotion. And, yes, the beards. This playoff season, San Jose Sharks fans are invited to participate in the San Jose Sharks (@sanjosesharks) playoff run by growing their own playoff beard. The San Jose Sharks Beard-a-thon® is an opportunity for fans to grow their own playoff beard , or pledge their favorite beards, and raise money for charity. Proceeds from the 2014 San Jose Sharks Beard-a-thon will benefit the Sharks Foundation (@sharkscare).

Participants in the San Jose Sharks Beard-a-thon will invite family, friends, and business associates to pledge their playoff beards. By joining the San Jose Sharks Beard-a-thon, fans pledge to maintain their beard as long as the Sharks remain in the playoffs. Fans who are unwilling, or unable, to grow playoffs beards, can also pledge a beard grower. For more information, or to enroll in the San Jose Sharks Beard-a-thon, please log onto www.beardathon.com/sharks.

Since the Beard-a-thon launched in 2009, hockey fans across the country have raised over $2.5 million for hockey related charities. All donations to the San Jose Sharks Beard-a-thon are tax deductible.

The Sharks Foundation will direct funds raised through this year’s campaign to two organizations: the Breast Cancer Angels and the American Cancer Society.

The Breast Cancer Angels, based in Southern California, offers financial and emotional support services to women and their families as they go through breast cancer treatment. Mary Nieto, mother of Sharks rookie forward Matt Nieto, was a recent client of Breast Cancer Angels when she was diagnosed with advanced breast cancer this October. To honor her continuing courageous battle, a portion of proceeds from this year’s Beard-A-Thon will be donated to Breast Cancer Angels in Mary’s name. For more information about Breast Cancer Angels please visit: www.breastcancerangels.org.

The American Cancer Society, which provides a variety of resources and services for several types of cancer including breast cancer, will be the campaign’s second beneficiary. Proceeds will specifically benefit the local chapter of the American Cancer Society located in Campbell, CA. For more information, please visit: www.cancer.org.

About the Playoff Beard
A playoff beard is the superstitious practice of a National Hockey League player not shaving his beard during the Stanley Cup playoffs. The player stops shaving when his team enters the playoffs and does not shave until his team is eliminated or wins the Stanley Cup. It is believed that the tradition was started in the 1980s by the New York Islanders. In recent years, other sports and other players have claimed the playoff beard tradition, but it is a hockey, and always will be, a hockey tradition.

About the Sharks Foundation
The Sharks Foundation is dedicated to enhancing the lives of youth and families in our community with an emphasis in the areas of Education, Health and Safety, and Character Development. The Sharks Foundation supplies emergency aid when appropriate, executes unique and relevant programming, supports the advancement of youth hockey and provides financial support and resources to organizations that enrich the lives of those in need.

The Sharks Foundation positively impacts the community in two ways: (1) implements effective programs that enhance the lives of youth and families and (2) raises funds and redistributes the money back into the community.

This year, our literacy program has helped over 36,000 students learn about the importance of reading. During the 2013-14 season, the Sharks Foundation will be providing over $1 million in support to local organizations. Since its inception in 1994, the Sharks Foundation has donated more than $7.2 million to more than 120 non-profit groups in Santa Clara County. In all, the Sharks Foundation supports tens of thousands of people each year.

As role models, we are committed to giving back to the community that so strongly supports us. To learn more about how the Sharks Foundation is helping tens of thousands of underserved children and families in our community.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 51 24 7 228 221 109
2 y - STL 82 51 24 7 239 197 109
3 x - NSH 82 47 25 10 226 202 104
4 x - CHI 82 48 28 6 220 186 102
5 x - VAN 82 48 29 5 236 220 101
6 x - MIN 82 46 28 8 227 198 100
7 x - WPG 82 43 26 13 223 204 99
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9 LAK 82 40 27 15 218 197 95
10 DAL 82 41 31 10 257 257 92
11 COL 82 39 31 12 209 223 90
12 SJS 82 40 33 9 224 226 89
13 EDM 82 24 44 14 193 276 62
14 ARI 82 24 50 8 165 267 56

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 37 33 12 70
L. Couture 82 27 40 -6 67
J. Thornton 78 16 49 -4 65
B. Burns 82 17 43 -9 60
P. Marleau 82 19 38 -17 57
T. Wingels 75 15 21 -7 36
T. Hertl 82 13 18 -5 31
M. Nieto 72 10 17 -12 27
M. Karlsson 53 13 11 -3 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 31 23 7 .914 2.59
A. Stalock 8 9 2 .902 2.62
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