The “San Jose Sharks” is a professional ice hockey team situated in San Jose, California. The team is part of the Pacific Division, which plays in the Western Conference of the National Hockey League (NHL). Their home games are played at the SAP Center located in San Jose, the center is currently known as the Shark Tank.
History of San Jose Sharks
In the year 1990, the team was formally established under the ownership of Hartford Whalers and Howard Baldwin. Prior to it, Baldwin and Whalers were pushing the league to expand a team in San Jose. At the time, a new arena was built.
The new franchised team was awarded on May 5, 1990 after the Gunds sold their shares to Howard Baldwin. The Gunds have also received an expansion to play for the 1991-1992 seasons.
In over 5,000 names submitted via mail, two names were highlighted, namely the “Blades” and the “Sharks. Upon choosing the team’s name, Gunds were concerned about the negative impact on the “Blades” name, while on the contrary, the idea of “Sharks” was inspired from the massive number of Sharks living in the Pacific Ocean, which was also considered as the closest idea to name the team.
Matt Levine was the team’s first marketing head, after getting the “Sharks” as the new team’s name, he then described all the qualities he wanted to build a team.
“Sharks are relentless, determined, swift, agile, bright, and fearless.” said Levine.
The Sharks’ first two seasons were coached by George Kingston. At the time, the team recruited Pat Falloon, who served as their first draft choice, Falloon’s arrival took a hit during the first season.
During the early years, the team has struggled in their NHL career. In fact, they had 71 frequent losses in the 1992-1993 season, they also experienced a 17-game losing streak by just achieving 11 games with 24 points.
However, the team has fully recovered in between the years 1993 and 1997. They had several awards in both the Stanley Cup and NHL championships.