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 PRIDE NIGHT
Team Teal vs. SF Earthquakes
The Sharks hosted Pride Night on March 18, 2023.
Festivities for Sharks Pride Night began on March 13th 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 and supported throughout the game by Sharks head coach David Quinn.
The Sharks hosted Pride Night on March 18th where fans in attendance could see Pride-themed corporate partner dasher boards around the rink, while Sharks players dawned jerseys with specialty crest and patch artwork designed by local artist Houyee Chow, a queer, biracial, multidisciplinary artist and educator from San Jose. The pregame warm-up jerseys were available for fans to bid on after the game with partial net proceeds benefitting Adolescent Counseling Services.
During the 2023-24 season, the Sharks will host Pride Night on Saturday, January 27th vs. Buffalo with a special Reversible Bucket Hat All Arena Giveaway.
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
Brianna Decker visits San Jose
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 4th, the Sharks hosted their annual Women of Teal Night to celebrate Gender Equality Month. The day was kicked off with two girls hockey clinics at the Sharks Ice practice facilities where girls in the Sharks youth hockey programming were able to learn from three-time Olympian Brianna Decker, NWHL/PHF defensive player Taylor Turnquist, and Manager of Girls Development at USA Hockey, Kristen Wright.
Before the game, Sharks players sported warmup jerseys designed by local artist Erin Salazer which were then auctioned off with proceeds benefitting Local Color. Additional Women of Teal activations included a puck drop from Brianna Decker and a poem written by Sharks Director of Diversity, Inclusion and Belonging, Sara Salam that was read by San Jose's female staff and shared on Sharks social platforms.
During the 2023-24 season, the Sharks will host the annual Women of Teal Night on Saturday, March 9th vs. Ottawa with a special Women of Teal Shirsey All Arena Giveaway presented by Kaiser Permanente.
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.
Anti-bullying Assembly presented by Kaiser Permanente
Defenseman Erik Karlsson and S.J. Sharkie shared the message that "friends are awesome" during an anti-bullying assembly in partnership with Kaiser Permanente at Norwood Creek Elementary in San Jose.
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.