Before Thursday night’s 2-0 victory against the Ottawa Senators, Sharks right wing Jonathan Cheechoo took time to meet with youth from his own family tribe, the Cree Nation.
More than 60 Cheechoo fans from the Quebec Cree Nation of James Bay packed the Sharks hotel lobby 30 minutes prior to the team’s bus leaving for the Corel Centre, all in hopes of meeting their favorite player. Cheechoo, who’s on a torrid pace to score 50 goals this season, met with fans, most of whom were children in a protective services program called Youth Healing Services, signing autographs, taking pictures and talking with everyone.
The children that were able to make the trip have all fallen on hard times, landing in a protective services program due to various reasons. Meeting Cheechoo was a huge thrill for the fans that journeyed more than eight hours by car to Ottawa.
Wearing their Sharks jersey’s with pride, the tribe traveled to the arena after their meet and greet with ‘Cheech.’ Cheechoo notched an assist on Nils Ekman’s goal, giving the Sharks their second goal of the night, sealing the win for Team Teal and capping off an unforgettable night for the Cree Nation.
DREW NIGHT IN CANADA
Drew Remenda will be the special guest for tomorrow night's hockey hot stove on Hockey Night In Canada.
SAN JOSE SHARKS ALUMNI CUP HOCKEY TOURNAMENT & RECEPTION RECAP
On January 6-7, 2006, the Sharks Alumni Association and Logitech Ice at San Jose held the 2nd Annual San Jose Sharks Alumni Cup Hockey Tournament – Police v. Fire. The tournament featured Police and Fire hockey teams from all over the Bay Area competing in a round-robin tournament at Logitech Ice and January 6, and at HP Pavilion prior to the Sharks game against Los Angeles on January 7. This year, the San Jose Police Department team – playing alongside Sharks Alumnus Darren Turcotte - won the prestigious “Cow Cup” by defeating the Norcal Predators (Sacramento Fire Dept.) in the championship game by a score of 2-1.
Teams participating include the San Jose Police Department, the SJPD “Brit Bobbies”, South Bay Fire Department, Contra Costa Fire Department, the Norcal Blue Meanies (North Bay Police), Norcal Predators (Sacramento Fire) and the Novato Fire Department.
The teams began the event by drafting a Sharks Alumnus to play alongside them throughout the weekend. Once each team drafted a Sharks Alumnus to play on their squad, the tournament began. Participating alums for this tournament included:
Darren Turcotte – drafted by the San Jose Police Department
Dave Maley – drafted by the South Bay Fire Department
Drew Remenda – drafted by the Norcal Firebirds
Jamie Baker – drafted by the San Jose Police Department “Brit Bobbies”
Neil Wilkinson – drafted by the Norcal Predators
Gaetan Duchesne – drafted by the Norcal Blue Meanies
Tom Pederson – drafted by the Contra Costa Fire Department
In addition to the tournament, the event also included a fundraising reception & raffle held at the new “Stanley’s Sports Bar” at Logitech Ice on Friday, January 6. Sharks memorabilia including game-used, signed sticks, Zamboni rides, a Stick Kid Night, a Locker Room visit package, and more was raffled off throughout the evening. Fox Sports Net Color Commentator and Former Assistant Coach Drew Remenda emceed the evening, which also included visits by Sharks Assistant Coaches Rob Zettler and Tim Hunter, as well as Sharks GM and Alumnus Doug Wilson.
Team fees and donations for this fundraising tournament benefited local Police & Fire Department charities. All totaled, over $10,000 was raised from this charity event.
Tournament highlights can soon be found by catching the popular “Shark Byte” show – hosted by Drew Remenda.
Congratulations to all of the teams who participated and who helped raise money for our charities! To find out more information about this tournament, or to sign up for next year’s event, please call Mike Bruins at 408-999-6767, or email email@example.com.