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When will the San Jose Sharks begin training camp?

Sharks Training Camp presented by SAP is expected to begin on Thursday, December 31.

Where will the Sharks have their training camp?

Because of the current health and safety directives in place in Santa Clara County, Sharks Training Camp presented by SAP will be held at the Coyotes Ice Den in Scottsdale, Arizona.

How did you choose Scottsdale as a location?

After numerous conversations with other municipalities, the Ice Den was deemed to be the best relocation option based upon a number of factors including player and staff safety, facility quality, and available accommodations.

Are fans able to attend training camp?

To create the safest possible environment, only players, coaches, and select staff members will be allowed to attend Sharks Training Camp presented by SAP in person. Outside media and fans will not be permitted.

This is the first time in our history that camp will take place outside of the Bay Area. That doesn't mean we can't show our players and Arizona that Sharks Territory has the best fans in the NHL. So although fans will not be able to attend camp in person, we encourage you to support Sharks Training Camp presented by SAP virtually! Exclusive content will be available to you through the Sharks + SAP Center mobile app and on social media.

When will the 2020-21 season start and when will it end?

The Sharks will begin regular season play on Thursday, January 14 and conclude on Saturday, May 8, both against the Arizona Coyotes.

Will there be any preseason games?

For the 2020-21 season, there will be no preseason games. The regular season, which will begin on Jan. 13, 2021, will immediately follow training camp.

Will there be a divisional realignment?

Yes. To minimize team travel as much as possible, the 2020-21 season will shift to exclusively interdivisional play with each team in the East, Central and West divisions playing every other team in its division eight times. Teams in the North Division will play every other team in its division nine or 10 times.

For the 2020-21 season, the four NHL divisions will be as follows:

  • Honda West Division: Anaheim Ducks, Arizona Coyotes, Colorado Avalanche, Los Angeles Kings, Minnesota Wild, San Jose Sharks, St. Louis Blues, Vegas Golden Knights
     
  • Scotia North Division: Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Montreal Canadiens, Ottawa Senators, Toronto Maple Leafs, Vancouver Canucks, Winnipeg Jets

  • Discover Central Division: Carolina Hurricanes, Chicago Blackhawks, Columbus Blue Jackets, Dallas Stars, Detroit Red Wings, Florida Panthers, Nashville Predators, Tampa Bay Lightning

  • MassMutual East Division: Boston Bruins, Buffalo Sabres, New Jersey Devils, New York Islanders, New York Rangers, Philadelphia Flyers, Pittsburgh Penguins, Washington Capitals.

This realignment of divisions is intended to be used for the 2020-21 season only.

When will the full schedule be released?

The 2020-21 schedule for your San Jose Sharks was released on Wednesday, Dec. 23, 2020 and can be found here.

Game times and broadcast details will be released in the coming days. Stay tuned to sjsharks.com and the Sharks + SAP Center mobile app for the latest news.

To view the full 2020-21 NHL schedule, click here.

How many games will be played in the 2020-21 season?

Each NHL club, including your San Jose Sharks, anticipates playing a 56-game interdivisional schedule that is scheduled to conclude on May 8, 2021.

Given the unpredictability of the COVID-19 pandemic, the NHL and NHLPA intend to be flexible in their approach in the coming weeks to ensure compliance with health directives from state and local authorities. Both parties want to ensure there is a focus on the health and safety of the players, other game-related personnel and the communities in which we play.

What will the roster size be for the 2020-21 season?

Teams will be allowed to have a 23-man roster, along with a taxi squad consisting of an additional of a 4-6 players. All 29 players (max) will travel and practice with the NHL team.

What is a "taxi squad"?

In short, a taxi squad is a group of players who would accompany the team, participate in team practices but not count against the teams' 23-man roster. Taxi squad players would be eligible to be recalled and play for the NHL team.

Since there is no reopening date set for SAP Center, can we go see the Sharks on the road?

Our players love seeing Sharks fans on the road. When health directives allow and it is safe to do so, you can attend Sharks road games in cities that allow fans. Be sure to check which cities are allowing fan access as it will vary by market.

You can find details, safety guidelines, and ticket information for each NHL team here.

How do I watch/listen to Sharks games this season?

A complete broadcast schedule will be released and linked here once details are finalized.

When will the Sharks return to San Jose and SAP Center and will fans be allowed to attend games?

Due to local health directives, there is currently no date set yet for the reopening of SAP Center, but we remain hopeful that we will be able to play games and host Sharks fans at some point in the 2020-21 regular season and/or during the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs.

Stay tuned for the latest news in the Sharks + SAP Center mobile app, at sjsharks.com, and on the Sharks social media channels.

What are the new safety policies in place at SAP Center?

You can expect to encounter several changes to be in place when you return to SAP Center, all of which have been designed to support your safety and that of other guests and team members. As of today, the most notable changes are likely to include:

  • All fans and team members will be required to wear facial coverings.

  • Bags, wallets, purses, and clutches larger than 5" x 8" will no longer be permitted inside SAP Center. Bags carrying items that are medical in nature will still be permitted, as will diaper bags when accompanied by a child who wears diapers.

  • Only digital tickets will be accepted for entry to ensure a contactless experience.

  • To limit contact between guests and team members, SAP Center concessions and retail locations will no longer accept cash. All major debit and credit cards will continue to be accepted, as well as mobile payments.

For a full list of changes, please click here.

How much notice will you/we have that fans can return?

We are continuing to work closely with state and local health officials to ensure that all necessary precautions and protocols are in place in advance of any announcements. We will share updates as we receive them.

How many fans are/will be allowed into SAP Center?

Though fans are not yet permitted at SAP Center, we are working very closely with state and local health officials to assess the timing and guidelines associated with the safe return of fans to The Tank.

As they become available, updates will be available in the Sharks + SAP Center mobile app, at sjsharks.com, and on the Sharks social media channels. If you would like to receive email updates as well, click here to subscribe.

How will seating work once fans are allowed into SAP Center?

While this remains to be determined based on Santa Clara County safety guidelines, we anticipate offering fans access to distanced seating pods upon the reopening of SAP Center.

Can I purchase tickets now for future game dates?

Tickets for individual Sharks games are not currently on sale. We will continue to evaluate this in close partnership with Santa Clara County and notify Sharks Territory via sjsharks.com and social media as decisions are made. If you would like to receive email updates as well, click here to subscribe.

Once tickets do go on sale, they will be available at sjsharks.com/tickets and through NHL Ticket Exchange.

How many tickets will I be able to purchase once they go on sale?

Upon the safe reopening of SAP Center, all ticket purchases will be based upon seating capacity restrictions and subsequent availability with priority being given to Sharks365 members.

Because of the ongoing uncertainty surrounding our ability to host fans at SAP Center during the 2020-21 season, all Sharks365 memberships have been deferred to the 2021-22 season. Members with questions or concerns are encouraged to contact their Account Executive directly or to contact the Client Development team via email at ASM@sharkssports.net.

As a 2019-29 Half Season and/or SharkPak Planholder, will I have access to tickets when fans can return to SAP Center?

Our hope is that we will be able to offer 2019-20 Sharks Partial Planholders access to individual game tickets later in the season.However, that access will be dependent upon local health directives and SAP Center seating capacity restrictions and ticket availability.

Can the players that are currently in their home countries return?

Yes, subject to national and local health guidelines and protocols.

When the Sharks are back in San Jose what access will be available for watching practice at Sharks Ice?

At this time, for health and safety reasons, there is no access to watch Sharks practices. Access to practice for media and/or fans will be evaluated throughout the upcoming season, with decisions based solely upon player safety and federal, state, and local health guidelines.

Are there ways that I can get autographs this year?

While access to in-person autograph opportunities are expected to be prohibited by NHL health and safety guidelines, the Sharks Foundation will have autographed items and other memorabilia available to bid on during its online auctions. Visit sharksfoundation.org for details on how you can participate.

When fans can return to games at SAP Center, will we have access to watching warmups from the glass, high fiving the players, collect autographs, and/or participate in pregame player experiences?

Because the safety of our players, staff, and fans is our chief concern, we anticipate both congregation around the glass as well as player interactions being prohibited for the duration of the 2020-21 regular season and playoffs. Should circumstances change and these experiences are allowed to safely return, every effort will be made to do so.

When will playoffs start?

The 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs are scheduled to begin during the week of May 9.

Will the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs follow the traditional format?

The top four teams in each division (16 total) will qualify for the 2021 Stanley Cup Playoffs, with interdivisional play in the first two rounds (#1 vs. #4; #2 vs. #3). The four teams that advance to the Semifinal Round would be seeded by their regular season points total, with the No. 1 seed playing the No. 4 seed in one series and the No. 2 and No. 3 seeds meeting in the other.

Even though SAP Center at San Jose has not reopened, can I still buy Sharks gear from the Team Store?

Yes! You can purchase Sharks gear, including the new Reverse Retro jerseys and the 30th Anniversary Heritage Jerseys through our online store. Convenient curbside pick-up is available Wednesday through Friday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. PT.

Will the Sharks be doing anything new during games on the app/website to give fans a second screen experience?

Yes! We look forward to providing fans with the most exciting content yet, especially since this is our 30th Anniversary season!

To be sure you have access to that content:

  • Download or update Sharks + SAP Center mobile app

  • Bookmark sjsharks.com

  • Follow the Sharks on all of your favorite social media channels

  • Subscribe to Sharks Weekly, the official e-newsletter of the San Jose Sharks

What will happen to the events that the Sharks usually host during the season, e.g., Sampling with whe Sharks, Meet the Sharks, Fan Fest, etc.?

Because it is highly unlikely that we will be able to host these events in-person during the 2020-21 season, we are exploring alternative ideas and potential virtual experiences for Sharks Territory.

We are also exploring ways to bring these in-person events back and better than ever before for the 2021-22 season!

While fans are not permitted at SAP Center, will you be selling/offering cardboard cutouts for games?

Though we continue to explore options for our fans while SAP Center remains closed, we do not currently have plans to offer cardboard cutouts.

Will the Sharks Foundation still have auctions?

Yes! For details on upcoming auctions and how you can bid online, please click here. To subscribe to receive text message notifications on upcoming Sharks Foundation auctions, text "SHARKS" to 76278.

Will Mystery Pucks be available for the 2020-21 season?

Absolutely. The 2020-21 Mystery Puck Schedule and purchase details can be found here.

Will you offer Specialty Jersey auctions this season?

Since Specialty Jerseys are a fan favorite, we plan to bring them back for the 2020-21 season in a manner that is both safe for fans and in compliance with federal, state, and local health guidelines.

Details on these auctions and how you can participate are still being finalized and will be shared just as soon as they are confirmed.

Can I still make a request for a donation from the Sharks?

Of course. For more information including request requirements and/or to submit your request, please click here.

Will the Barracuda be playing in 2020-21?

Though full details are still being finalized, the anticipated start date for the 2020-21 AHL season is February 5, 2021.

Where will the Barracuda be playing in 2020-21?

Full details on the Barracuda's 2020-21 season, including the location of home games, are still to be determined.

Will the 2021-22 season start on time?

One of the primary reasons for the truncated 2020-21 season is the commitment of the NHL and its clubs to a return to the traditional scheduling model for the 2021-22 season, which includes beginning the regular season on-time in October, 2021