The bay area is no stranger to ice hockey having had NHL teams since we had the California Golden Seals in 1967. While there was a dark period from ’74 and through the 80’s, San Jose persevered and in 1990 the San Jose Sharks started their first season.
While the Golden Seals had played in the Oakland Coliseum, the San Jose Sharks originally played at the Cow Palace in Daly City and it wasn’t until ’93 that the Sharks moved into their home, HP Pavilion, known by locals as The Shark Tank.
As with any new team there were some growing pains, but the Sharks first made it to the playoffs in their ‘93-94 season and while there have been ups and downs, change of managers, owners and players, the San Jose Sharks have been a team that has consistently improved and gained national recognition over the last two decades.
In the 2010 Winter Olympics, five players from the San Jose Sharks received Olympic medals: Joe Thornton, Dany Heatley, Dan Boyle and Patrick Marleau’s gold medals from Canada’s team, and Joe Pavelski’s silver medal from America’s team.
Whether you’re a local or a visitor exploring the city, you’ll find it hard to go without noticing the many local venues that house the Sharks logo or colors with signs that read “This is Sharks territory”. No matter which place you find yourself sitting at for food or a pint, if a game is on, expect to find yourself amongst many other fans that will make a chomping motion with their arms whenever a power play is about to start, and cause windows to shake with roars of cheering at each goal.