It was a familiar sight at Solar4America Ice at 7:00AM on a rainy Saturday morning. All four sheets of ice were filled with kids skating and playing hockey, ranging in age from the miniest of Mites to teenagers.
In the fifty years since the NHL first came to the Bay Area in the form of the California Golden Seals, and later reestablished a franchise in the San Jose Sharks, hockey has exploded amongst the lower levels. Solar4America Ice is booked solid from before dawn to past midnight with hockey games and skating lessons, with practices by the San Jose Sharks and San Jose Barracuda sprinkled in.
To honor the explosion of growth that hockey has seen in San Jose, the San Jose Sharks followed nine different hockey events: