Black cats often are synonymous with bad fortune, but the San Jose Sharks are treating the feline who walked on the ice Friday before Game 1 of their Western Conference First Round series against the Nashville Predators as a lucky charm.
The Sharks are trying to find a home for the cat they have named "Jo Paw-velski" as she recovers from her moment on the ice. In the meantime, she has become a social media sensation.
The team Photoshopped the cat alongside defenseman Brent Burns as he boarded the team flight to Nashville for Game 3 on Tuesday. It was one of many social media posts featuring the cat.
That picture, coupled with the cat's story, has created a firestorm on social media. Jo has two Twitter profiles, including one who is a purr-veyor of cat-related hockey puns.
Sharks play-by-play announcer Randy Hahn has changed his Twitter avatar.
Fans also are getting creative with ways Jo can support the Sharks from the road.
Hockey fans across Twitter, including this Minnesota Wild fan, are jumping on the Sharks bandwagon because of their treatment of Jo.
Humane Society Silicon Valley has set up a live camera where fans can keep tabs on the budding celebrity. At least one hockey fan is doing so already.
For information on adopting Jo, contact Humane Society Silicon Valley at (408) 262-2133, ext. 150.