A name which may not be familiar to new Sharks fans, but one that long-time fans recognize, recently surfaced. When Jonathan Cheechoo tied the Sharks mark with a 12-game point streak and tied the all-time hat trick mark with three, the player who he tied was Rob Gaudreau.
“I’m actually surprised the records are still there after all this time,” said Gaudreau. “It’s not like it was a 40 game streak. They’ve had some good teams, good seasons and good players.”
Gaudreau’s Sharks career began during the 1992-93 season and lasted through the 1993-94 playoffs, making his part of even greater Sharks lore when he helped with the clubs magical run to the Western Conference Semifinals.
The hat trick record began with the first hat trick in Sharks history. However, more importantly to Gaudreau, his initial tally on the night was his first career NHL goal.
“It was my first goal in the league and that was exciting,” said Gaudreau. “I didn’t realize at the time what I was doing. I do remember losing (7-5) and that was disappointing. A lot of luck is involved in a hat trick.”
Cheechoo, like Gaudreau, is a right winger with a knack for scoring, who had the benefit of playing alongside a premier setup man. Cheechoo has Joe Thornton
, while Gaudreau had Kelly Kisio, who still holds the Sharks single season points record.
“I was fortunate to play with Kelly Kisio who was very important to my success,” said Gaudreau.
Gaudreau is rooting on the next Sharks player who makes a run at his records.
“I’ll be glad if someone can better them,” said Gaudreau. “All the more power to him.”
He also keeps tabs for his former team for a few other reasons.
“Ron Wilson and I both played at Providence College and we’re both from Rhode Island,” said Gaudreau. “I played with Zets (Rob Zettler) for a couple of years and Doug Wilson was there my first year. The people in San Jose appreciate what they have.”
Gaudreau went on to play one season with Ottawa and another in Switzerland before hanging up his skates. He now works for a real estate company called Cathedral Development Group.
“We employ 75-80 people,” said Gaudreau. “My father started a real estate development company and I now run it. I’ve been doing this the last seven years.”
He still has his hockey ties as he serves as the color commentator for Providence College on about 10 broadcasts a year.”