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Shark Life: Rooted For Oakland

by Casey Krygier / sjsharks.com

In the midst of Training Camp, preseason games and media frenzies, a few Sharks made their way up the Bay to show their support and root for the Oakland Athletics on #SharksNight.

 Tweet from @Athletics: *jaws theme*#SharksNight pic.twitter.com/I95AdiC7eF 

Logan Couture, Martin Jones, Timo Meier, and Sharks alum Jonathan Cheechoo repped their green and gold as the A's took on the Anaheim Angels on Tuesday night.

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How to Follow the Game: Sharks at Ducks

by Casey Krygier / sjsharks.com

The San Jose Sharks are ready to hit the road for their second preseason game tonight. Team Teal travels to Anaheim to take on Ducks at the Honda Center at 7 PM. 

Tonight's game can be found exclusively on NHL Network. Don't have NHL Network? Don't worry! You can listen to the game on the Sharks App and sjsharks.com or by clicking here. The play-by-play call will be provided by Sharks radio broadcaster Dan Rusanowsky.

Take a look at who is in for tonight:

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25 Years of SAP Center

by Mark Purdy @MercPurdy / sjsharks.com

In the beginning, there was Downtown Datsun.

The automobile dealership squatted there for many years on West Santa Clara St., advertising Great Deals Below Sticker Low Monthly Payments Bad Credit No Problem!!!!!! 

Most people drove right past the car lot and exclamation points, barely noticing. 

Except that Tom McEnery did notice. As a high school student en route to Bellarmine Prep, he frequently traversed the West Santa Clara St. and Autumn St. intersection on the gritty edge of downtown San Jose. Much later, from 1983 to 1991, he did so as mayor of the city. 

This explains why, when talk of building a civic sports arena began to heat up during the 1980's, McEnery was ahead of the curve. He had just the location. He knew in his gut it was better than others that had been proposed, in North San Jose adjoining Route 237 or at the county fairgrounds.

"In the 1960s and 1970s, so much of downtown San Jose was cleared out for redevelopment," McEnery now says. "There were blocks full of vacant lots. I had told voters we were going to rebuild it all as an entertainment and business center."

An arena meshed with that master plan. But if you think that McEnery merely snapped his fingers and magically made the vision come true . . . well, you weren't around back then. 

With the building now known as SAP Center celebrating its 25th anniversary, it can be easy to forget that there was a time when San Jose's most popular downtown landmark almost didn't happen at all. Dissenters filed a lawsuit against the plan. A civic referendum was controversial and nearly failed. 

In the end, for the building being constructed, you can primarily thank the 73,409 San Jose citizens who voted "yes" on the arena ballot issue in 1988 -- with no promise of any professional sports team ever occupying the venue. But that is still getting too far ahead of the story. 

And it's one hell of a story, with multiple twists and turns involving toxic waste, a Hollywood producer and an Olympic gold medalist. There were multiple twists and turns. At one point, San Jose's new hockey team was going to be called the "Americans" and wear red, white and blue uniforms. Yes, really.  

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Sharks Reduce Training Camp Roster By 16 Players

by San Jose Sharks @SanJoseSharks / sjsharks.com

San Jose, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) general manager Doug Wilson announced today that the following players have been returned to their junior club:

Joachim Blichfeld - F 
Ivan Chekhovich - F 
Vladislav Kotkov - F 
Max Paddock - G 

In addition, the following players have been assigned to the training camp of the San Jose Barracuda (AHL): 

Michael Brodzinski - D 
Cody Donaghey - D 
Thomas Gregoire - D 
Matt Fonteyne - F 
Zach Frye - D 
Josef Korenar - G 
Jonathon Martin - F 
Colby McAuley - F 
Filip Sandberg - F 
Alex Schoenborn - F 
Jeffrey Viel - F 
Evan Weinger - F

The Sharks training camp now stands at 44 players. An updated roster can be found here.

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NHL Insider

Karlsson's first practice for Sharks offers glimpse at many possibilities

Opponents will find it difficult preparing for coach DeBoer's numerous lineup options

by Nicholas J. Cotsonika @cotsonika / NHL.com Columnist

SAN JOSE -- What dimension does Erik Karlsson add to the San Jose Sharks? Witness their practice Wednesday, Karlsson's first since the Sharks acquired him from the Ottawa Senators on Thursday.

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Training Camp

Karlsson practices with Sharks for first time

Coach says defenseman acquired in trade with Senators came 'as advertised'

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- Erik Karlsson practiced with the San Jose Sharks on Wednesday for the first time since being traded by the Ottawa Senators last week.

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NHL and San Jose Sharks Unveil the 2019 NHL All-Star Logo

by San Jose Sharks @sanjosesharks / sjsharks.com

SAN JOSE, CA - The National Hockey League and San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) today unveiled the logo for the 2019 NHL® All-Star Game as the Sharks and the city of San Jose get ready to host the NHL's top talent Jan. 25-26, 2019 at SAP Center at San Jose (@SAPCenter).

Adorning the MVP vehicle will be the 2019 Honda NHL® All-Star logo. Designed by NHL Creative Services, the 2019 Honda NHL All-Star logo drew inspiration from San Jose, a city at the heart of Silicon Valley and home of the Sharks. The logo celebrates the omnipresent "tech" that is at the core of the city's vibrant and progressive community. Visuals are included that evoke San Jose's tech ethos, including clean lines, bright transparent color hues and straightforward geometric san serif typography.  

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Preseason Gameday: Sharks vs. Anaheim Ducks

by Ann Frazier / sjsharks.com

It's been a few months of waiting, but hockey finally returns to SAP Center as the San Jose Sharks host the Anaheim Ducks for both teams' first preseason game. 

Puck drop is at 7:30 p.m. tonight. Fans can listen to the game as called by Sharks radio broadcaster Dan Rusanowsky by clicking here

Fans within the Bay Area local TV market can watch a stream of the game with Rusanowsky's call by clicking here

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Short Shifts

Sharks welcome Karlsson to San Jose with billboard, newspaper ad

Defenseman was traded by Senators on Thursday

by Pat Pickens @Pat_Pickens / NHL.com Staff Writer

The San Jose Sharks went big to welcome Erik Karlsson to the neighborhood.

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NHL Insider

Thornton says he's 100 percent healthy, on Sharks' top line at camp

Center hasn't played since tearing knee ligaments Jan. 23

by Eric Gilmore / NHL.com Correspondent

SAN JOSE -- Joe Thornton centered the top line with Joe Pavelski and Evander Kane on the first day of San Jose Sharks training camp Friday and said he was 100 percent healthy. 

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