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Paw-velski merchandise returns to Sharks team store

Shirts and pucks with likeness of black cat will be on sale for Game 6 against Blues

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / Staff Writer

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The San Jose Sharks have avoided a gift shop cat-astrophe: Jo Paw-velski merchandise is back.

Shirts and pucks bearing the likeness of the San Jose Sharks' good-luck black cat will be on sale at the team store in time for Game 6 of the Western Conference Final against the St. Louis Blues on Wednesday at the SAP Center (9 p.m. ET, NBCSN, CBC, TVA Sports).

The best-of-seven series is tied 2-2 with Game 5 at Scottrade Center in St. Louis on Monday.

Paw-velski gained fame by running onto the SAP Center ice before Game 1 of the second round against the Nashville Predators. The Sharks won all four home games in the series.

Tweet from @SJSharksStore: Pawvelski pucks are back in stock, come on down and get yours today! 11-5pm 408.999.6810

The team store sold out of Paw-velski merchandise during the Sharks' second-round series win against Nashville, but only had a black cat stuffed animal to see during Games 3 and 4 of the conference final. But come Wednesday, the shirts and pucks will be back.

"We decided to keep it very narrow and basic just because a black cat isn't the most good luck," Austin Rancadore, the Sharks director of merchandise, told "We didn't know how people would react."

The store started selling a shirt and puck with Paw-veski's likeness and a stuffed cat about a week after her dash across the rink. The shirts and pucks sold out almost immediately, and there are only a few stuffed cats remaining.

The cat, named after Sharks captain Joe Pavelski, was adopted on May 15 after a two-week stay at the Humane Society of Silicon Valley.

"It is kind of tough call in the playoffs, because you could be in one minute and gone the next and then all that is forgotten," Rancadore said. "But even as the media attention has died down, fan interest is still there."

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