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Community Notebook

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks

The Sharks annual equipment sale will be coming soon! In the past, the Sharks have sold new and used hockey sticks, skates, protective gear and jerseys at the equipment sale to raise money for The Sharks Foundation. Please check regularly to find out the details of the event!


Just because the National Hockey League 2005-06 season will come to an end in June, doesn’t mean there won’t be any hockey in Northern California this summer.

The San Jose Sharks and the Mobile Shark Tank (MST) will continue making appearances at numerous community centers, festivals and after-school programs throughout the Bay Area. Sometimes accompanied by Sharks mascot, S.J. Sharkie, the MST allows children of all ages to be educated on the sport and experience street hockey at its finest.

It’s no lie that the sport of hockey in Northern California is becoming very popular among school-aged children. Whether it is the opportunity to suit up in goalie gear or wear a Sharks jersey, children of all ages are enjoying the ability to benefit from a couple hours of fun with their friends thanks to the MST.

The MST traveled to Willow Glen Elementary School on April 28 and was no disappointment as children participated in some street drills. “I really didn't know what to expect,” said Tamee Niekamp, a parent at Willow Glen Elementary. “I, as well as my daughter's teacher were really impressed by the whole set up and also by the participation and teamwork of the class. I heard a few students saying, ‘good job,’ ‘nice save’ and ‘congratulations.’ That was really nice to hear. This program is a very positive one.”

The Mobile Shark Tank is a portable and interactive street hockey court that allows children to play street hockey in a designated area similar to a blacktop or school gymnasium, free of charge. If you are interested in having the Mobile Shark Tank visit you, please contact Erin Buchanan at


For many die-hard Sharks fans getting tickets to the 2006 Playoffs presented by Intersil required hours of waiting outside HP Pavilion at San Jose the morning tickets went on-sale. But for ten lucky elementary school students, the time-commitment was much more than a few hours. It was an entire school-year!

Each season several hundred K-6 grade classrooms in Santa Clara County participate in the Reading Is Cool program, presented by The Sharks Foundation, FSN Bay Area and The Mercury News. Near the end of the season, teachers enter the name of their Highest Reader of the Year into a grand prize drawing for a penthouse suite pizza party during a Sharks home game.

This years grand prize winners were Alex Boyd from Valle Vista Elementary, Eugene Chien from Booksin Elementary, Sara Merg from Forest Hill Elementary, Edgar Portillo from Cureton Elementary, Raquel Reginato from Gardner Academy, Riley Seitz from Forest Hill Elementary, Colton Smith from Alex Anderson Elementary, David Tran from Bishop Elementary, Karina Tran from Tom Matsumoto Elementary and Kevin Yang from Cumberland Elementary.

Each of these active readers was given two tickets to attend Game 4 of the first round match up between the Sharks and the Nashville Predators, which took place on April 27. But these weren’t just any tickets, these were tickets to the penthouse suite owned by Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov! During each home game Nabokov invites various children’s groups to enjoy the competition from his suite, groups that would not otherwise be able to attend.

The children were recognized over the Public Address system and Jumbotron, given a special gift pack from Reading Is Cool spokes-mascot S.J. Sharkie and enjoyed pizza and other goodies throughout the game. And all it took was reading hundreds of books to make it happen.

Congratulations to this year’s Reading Is Cool Top Readers!
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