The San Jose Sharks could consider their 2005-06 season a major success when it comes to regular season accolades. Three sharks players were honored with four trophies for outstanding play and the organization wants to share with their strong fan base their achievements by displaying them and giving fans the chance to take pictures with the trophies during the first two home games of the 2006-2007 season.
Getting the four trophies, the Art Ross Trophy, the Hart Trophy, the Maurice Richard Trophy and the Hobey Baker Memorial Award, for display in San Jose proved to be a challenge but it was something that the Sharks wanted to do to show their appreciation to their fans. The Sharks organization wishes to thank the NHL, the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto and the University of Denver for their cooperation in making this happen.
On Thursday, the trophies begin their tour on display in the concourse during the opening night home game against the St. Louis Blues.
On Friday, the trophies visit the KFOX studios with Sharks on air talent Dan Rusanowsky and Jamie Baker in the afternoon and then will be on display at the Sharks Foundation Autograph session from 6-7:30 pm. It will end the night being on display at Stanley’s in Logitech Ice until 9 pm.
On Saturday, the trophies return back to HP Pavilion to be viewed at the Sharks Store from 3-5 pm and then can be found back in the concourse for duration of the New York Islanders game.
About the Trophies
Center Joe Thornton
was the winner of the Art Ross Trophy, which is awarded the top point scorer during the season, and the Hart Trophy, which is awarded “to the player judged to be the most valuable to his team”. It was the first time in Shark’s history that a Shark has received the Hart Trophy and the first time in the history of the NHL that a player has won the award while playing with two teams in one season.
Benefiting from the arrival of Thornton was Jonathan Cheechoo, who scored 56 goals last season, the majority of those goals scored after the Thornton trade, to win the Maurice Richard Trophy for the top goal scorer in the regular season.
Defenseman Matt Carle, who was playing with the University of Denver, received the Hobey Memorial Award awarded to the top National Collegiate Athletic Association men’s hockey player. It was just the fifth time a defenseman has won college hockey’s highest individual honor.