There’s hockey in the air. The days are getting shorter, trees are changing and the sound of skates and ice have come to an arena near you. Each new season brings a fresh canvas. Veterans look to add a new, better chapter to their career. Young players work hard to make their team, and they work harder to stick. Those with new contracts look to earn their money, those in the final year of their deals are playing for a new one.
Coaches have their systems in place. They’ve used training camp to separate the prospects from the pretenders. Teaching never takes a break.
The Sharks arena has a new name…the SAP Center at San Jose. The popcorn is popped, the concourse is bright and shiny. The ice is in, the JumboTron is warmed up.
The fans have their ticket in hand. A new pair of Sharks jerseys are being broken in. The team store stocked and ready. Street banners with Sharks player faces welcome the new season.
The equipment and medical staff are ready to go. Sticks, gloves and pads ready to do their duty. The television cameras and crew are looking forward to a great season. Dan Rusanowsky, Randy Hahn, Drew Remenda, Jamie Baker, Brodie Brazil and Bret Hedican have done their homework. The Club and concession stands are ready to open. Parking attendants and blue coat ushers have had their meetings and greet fans with a smile.
Kids wearing jerseys press their nose to the glass during player warm ups. Fans have their signs. The coaches have made their speeches…the players are geared toward victory. The Referee drops the puck to begin a new 82-game season. Every team believes they can win the Cup.