At the time, the NHL wanted to expand the league to new markets and also squash competition from other leagues such as the WHL.
Gordon and George Gund III became minority owners of the Seals inand were instrumental in their move to Cleveland in and a merger with the Minnesota North Starswhich they purchased that year.
They had long wanted to bring hockey back to the Bay Area, and asked the NHL for permission to move the North Stars there in the late s, but the league vetoed the proposed move.
Eventually, the League struck a compromise: Over 5, potential names were submitted by mail for the new team. While the first-place finisher was "Blades", the Gunds were concerned about the name's potentially negative association with weapons, and went with the runner-up, "Sharks.
Seven varieties live there, and one area of water near the Bay Area is known as the " red triangle " hence the triangle in the team's logo because of its shark population. The team's first marketing head, Matt Levine, said of the new name, "Sharks are relentless, determined, swift, agile, bright and fearless.
We plan to build an organization that has all those qualities.
Sharkie, the Sharks' mascot, made his debut during the —92 season. Pat Falloon was their first draft choice and led the team in points during their first season.
The team was placed in the Campbell Conference's Smythe Division. George Kingston was their first head coach during their first two seasons. Wilson was named the team's first captain and All-Star representative in the inaugural season.
However, the Sharks' first two seasons saw the typical struggles for an expansion team. The 71 losses in —93 is an NHL record, and they also suffered a game losing streak, while winning just 11 games and earning a mere 24 points in the standings.
Kingston was fired following the end of the —93 season. On December 3, against the Hartford Whalers at the Cow Palace, right winger Rob Gaudreau scored the first hat-trick in franchise history; he also scored the team's second ever hat-trick nine days later against the Quebec Nordiques.
The inaugural year also saw the birth of the San Jose Sharks mascot, "S. On January 28,at a game against the New York Rangersthe then-unnamed mascot emerged from a Zamboni during an intermission.
A "Name the Mascot" contest began that night, with the winning name of "S. Sharkie" being announced on April 15, For their third season, —94the Sharks moved to their new home, the San Jose Arenaand were placed in the Western Conference's Pacific Division.
In one of the biggest upsets in Stanley Cup playoff history, the underdog Sharks shocked the Red Wings in seven games. In —95the Sharks earned their second-straight playoff berth and again reached the second round.
Despite their success against Calgary, round two would prove to be a disaster for the Sharks, when they lost in a four-game sweep to Detroit in a rematch of the previous year without even holding a single lead in all four games.
However, the season also saw the only rainout in the history of the NHL, when the Guadalupe River flooded its banks in Marchmaking it impossible for anyone to get into the San Jose Arena for a game between the Sharks and the Detroit Red Wings.Apr 07, · After opening the new San Jose Arena, and Kevin Constantine taking the coaching reins from Kingston, Irbe led the Sharks to the biggest turnaround in NHL history.
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San Jose Sharks History: George Gund III. In , George Gund III became a minority owner of the California Golden Seals and was part of the move to Cleveland and the merger with Minnesota.
San Jose Sharks news, scores, photos, blogs, stats, injuries, transactions, schedule, tickets, as well as truth and rumors and Fantasy News. This is a list of seasons completed by the San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League. This list documents the records of the regular season and playoff results for all seasons the Sharks have completed in the NHL since their inception in Apr 07, · Another player with a brief stint in San Jose, McSorley played in two seasons with the Sharks and is referred to as one of the best Sharks fighters in the history of the franchise.