Hockey Is For Everyone uses the game of hockey - and the League's global influence - to drive positive social change and foster more inclusive communities.

As part of this league-wide initiative, the San Jose Sharks host various events throughout the season which celebrate inclusion in sports, including girls, those with disabilities, special needs, low income, and LGBTQ hockey.


Sharks vs. Earthquakes Scrimmage

The Sharks hosted Pride Night on Saturday, January 27th.

Festivities for Sharks Pride Night began on January 24th for the 2nd Annual Pride Scrimmage when members of the San Jose Sharks front office staff faced-off against members of the San Francisco Earthquakes LGBTQ+ Adult Hockey Team in a friendly scrimmage at SAP Center. The Earthquakes were greeted with a surprise visit from San Jose Sharks forwards, #72 William Eklund and #20 Fabian Zetterlund.

The Sharks hosted Pride Night on January 27th where fans in attendance received a special Reversible Bucket Hat giveaway, witnessed Pride-themed corporate partner dasher boards around the rink, and could bid on specialty jerseys featuring crest and patch artwork designed by local artist Arely Cardenas a first-generation Mexican-American woman who was born and raised in San Jose. Net proceeds from the specialty jersey auction benefitted Side by Side to support their Our Space program which provides LGBTQIA+ teens and young adults in Alameda County with a safe place to express their authentic selves and feel seen, accepted, and celebrated.

Hockey Terms with Ozzy Wiesblatt

Wiesblatt Interprets Hockey Lingo

During the 2020 NHL draft, the Sharks Director of Scouting, Doug Wilson Jr., used American Sign Language interpretation to announce the selection of first-round draft pick, Ozzy Wiesblatt. Ozzy's mother, Kim White was born Deaf and made many sacrifices for her children to play hockey.

Learn some ASL hockey terms with Sharks prospect, Ozzy Wiesblatt!

Women of Teal

Girls Hockey Clinic Recap

Recognizing the many women who work at Sharks Sports & Entertainment and celebrating their successes and accomplishments as women in both business and sports.

On March 9th, the Sharks hosted their annual Women of Teal Night presented by Kaiser Permanente to celebrate Gender Equality Month. The day was kicked off with two girls hockey clinics at Tech CU Arena where girls in the Jr. Sharks girls hockey programming were able to learn from two-time Olympic silver medalist, Megan Bozek.

Before the game, the Sharks hosted a Women in Sports panel that included Megan Bozek, Ryann Thomison (sports nutritionist), Dr. Caitlin Rugg (Barracuda team doctor), and moderated by Tara Slone.

Throughout the game, fans could bid on specialty Women of Teal jerseys with crest and patch designed by Berni Prado a digital artist and photographer who grew up in San Jose. Additional Women of Teal activations included a puck drop from Megan Bozek, Jr. Sharks girls’ youth hockey players standing on the blueline with the Sharks starting lineup, and a video highlighting the work of the women who operate the Sharks photography and videography teams.

One Step Sharks Hockey

The One Step Sharks are an adult special hockey team located in the Bay Area and are a part of One Step Beyond, Inc. Through the Sharks Foundation Community Grant, they were able to purchase new gear for their athletes!

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Sharks Black History Night

On Thursday, February 29th, the Sharks will host a Celebration of Black History Night as they take on the Anaheim Ducks.

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Behind the BHM Shirsey Design

Mo had a vision for our Black History Month warmups jerseys that quickly came to life and were worn during the Sharks warmups as a part of the month. His design was also sold on t-shirts and hoodies.

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Anti-bullying Assembly presented by Kaiser Permanente

Sharks forward, Anthony Duclair joined S.J. Sharkie and Sharks Community for an Anti-Bullying Assembly in partnership with Kaiser Permanente at Mt. Pleasant Elementary during the 2023-24 season!

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Sensory Kits at SAP Center

Fans of all ages with sensory needs may request the kits at no charge at all SAP Center events.

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Story Time with CJ Suess

As a part of the Sharks Celebration of Black History Month, C.J. Suess joined S.J. Sharkie at Trace Elementary for a special story time of Hockey is for Me by Sharks Alumni, Jamal Mayers.

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