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Cheechoo To Throw Out Ceremonial First Pitch In Oakland

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks
The San Jose Sharks and the Oakland Athletics announced today that Sharks right wing Jonathan Cheechoo, winner of the Maurice “Rocket” Richard Trophy as the NHL’s leading goal scorer, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the Oakland Athletics/Cleveland Indians game on Wednesday, May 3, 2006 at McAfee Coliseum.

The ceremonial first pitch is scheduled just prior to the 7:05 PM game time and the game will be broadcast on FSN Bay Area.

Cheechoo, who had a career offensive year, set new franchise records for points in a single season (93), goals in a single season (56), hat tricks in a season (5) and game-winning goals in a season (11), among other records. His 56 goals this season, combined with the 37 goals he scored in the previous two seasons (93 goals in 229 career NHL games), make Cheechoo the most prolific goal scorer in the NHL among players entering the League since 2002-03.

Cheechoo was also named the winner of the Sharks PlayStation “Three Stars of the Game” Award, being selected as a star in 23 games this season.

The Sharks recently advanced to the Western Conference Semifinals by defeating the Nashville Predators in their opening round series of the 2006 Stanley Cup Playoffs. The Sharks opponent and dates for the Western Conference Semi-Finals is still to be determined. Games 1 and 2 will take place at HP Pavilion.
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