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25th Year In Teal: Joe Pavelski Named Captain

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks

In 2015-16 the San Jose Sharks celebrated their 25th anniversary season. It was also the best season in franchise history, including the team's first-ever trip to the Stanley Cup Final. To commemorate, we're taking a look back at the 25 most memorable, funny, and best moments of the 25th anniversary.

The San Jose Sharks didn't have a captain for the 2014-15 season, instead going with four alternates. Once Peter Deboer was named head coach, he declared that the Sharks would have a captain for the 25th Anniversary season. On October 5, 2015, Deboer named forward Joe Pavelski the 9th captain of the Sharks.

The players on the team were in full support of this decision. Teammate and friend Joe Thornton said, "I'm super happy for Pavs. We all think that Pavs is our leader anyways, now it's official."

In his first season as captain, Pavelski stepped up in his new leadership role and lead San Jose to a Western Conference title and the first Stanley Cup final appearance in franchise history. He had a successful season on the ice, and was named an All-Star for the first time where he went to Nashville alongside Brent Burns. In the regular season he finished fifth in the league with 38 goals.

Joe Thornton and Logan Couture were named alternate captains to Pavelski. This was the first time that Couture would wear a letter.

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