The San Jose Sharks took time out of the season Monday to participate in the year’s largest fundraiser for The Sharks Foundation – The Applied Materials Sharks Foundation Golf Classic.
"Applied Materials has a long history of supporting the San Jose Sharks and their efforts in the community. This year's golf tournament benefits multiple charities, right here in our own backyard and we are proud to play a part and contribute,” said Joe Sweeney, Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary, Applied Materials.
Events such as the annual outing at Cinnabar Hills Golf Course fund the thousands of dollars in donations made every year by The Sharks Foundation.
“It’s a great opportunity to raise a lot of money for The Sharks Foundation,” said Sharks Executive President and CEO Greg Jamison. “In addition, it let’s a lot of fans and corporate partners spend time with the players and get to know them as individuals.”
Golf tends to hold a sweet spot in the hearts of players used to swinging sticks during the season, but who traditionally have the nice summer weather to hit the links.
So who are the Sharks best golfers?
“I think J.R. (Jeremy Roenick), Curtis Brown and Joe Pavelski
,” said Steve Bernier. “I’ve played with Pavelski and he’s probably a +1 handicap.”
Sharks Captain Patrick Marleau
echoed those comments.
“Curtis Brown, Joe Pavelski
and J.R.,” said Marleau.
Another strong player is rookie Devin Setoguchi and he mentioned who may be the top Sharks golfer.
“I hear Coach is pretty good, so I’m interested in seeing,” said Setoguchi. “Rivet, Brown and Pavelski are good too.”
Bernier enjoys playing a lot and would be in line with many players who are naturally talented at swinging the club, but who isn’t exactly eyeing the Senior PGA Tour when he retires far down the road.
“I’m around 88 or 87,” said Bernier. “I don’t go up or down much.”
Sharks blueliner Sandis Ozolinsh, who actually owns a golf course in his native Latvia, is in much the same boat as Bernier.
“I play quite often, as much as I can in the summer,” said Ozolinsh. “I’m in the mid 80’s. Some days not as well. Some days I just stop counting.”
Marleau had an improving golf game, but it has slowed as of late.
“The kid came and it stopped,” he joked.
Other players are just beginning to hit the little white ball as not all of Europe has golf on the radar. Rookie Lukas Kaspar’s only golf experiences have come in similar fundraising events for teams.
“This is my third time ever,” said Kaspar. “The first time was in Cleveland for their foundation. The second was for the fundraiser in Worcester this year. I’m just trying to hit the ball in front of me.” EXTRA GAME
Fans with access to the NHL’s Center Ice package will have an extra game to watch in March as the Chicago Blackhawks have picked their March 7 contest against the Sharks as one of seven home telecasts they have added to their coverage this year. BACK TO WORK
The Sharks will return to the business of hockey Tuesday as they prepare to host Dallas Wednesday night at 7:30 p.m. PST at HP Pavilion. The contest will be aired FSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com and limited tickets are available at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office and www.ticketmaster.com.