With the completion of the first month of hockey, the first Seagate Technology “Sharks Player of the Month” was announced. On November 2nd, defenseman Kyle McLaren was presented the award for October prior to face-off against the Nashville Predators.
A steadying presence on the blueline, he led Sharks defensemen with five assists and six points (1-5=6) during the month. In 12 games during October, he led the Sharks with 30 hits (11th in the NHL) and 22 blocked shots (T-27th in the NHL). His even plus/minus rating was tied for the second best mark among Sharks defensemen in October.
The six-foot-five, 230-pound native of Humboldt, Saskatchewan is entering his tenth NHL season and has become a mainstay on the Sharks blueline, ranking second on the team in average ice time (23:26). One of ten first round draft picks on the roster, McLaren earned an assist in his 100th career game as a Shark on 10/8/05 in a 7-6 victory against St. Louis .
During the off-season, McLaren became the first player in the NHL to sign a contract extension since the inception of the new Collective Bargaining Agreement. A first-time Seagate Technology “Sharks Player of the Month” recipient, he is signed through the 2009 season and was recently named to Team ’s long list for the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin .
Established in the 1996-97 season, the Seagate Technology “Sharks Player of the Month” program honors the Sharks player(s) who have contributed most to the team’s success each month. Seagate Technology will donate $2,500 on behalf of the player(s) to The Sharks Foundation. In addition, one player will be selected as the Seagate Technology “Sharks Player of the Year” at the conclusion of the season, and Seagate Technology will donate $5,000 on his behalf to The Sharks Foundation. Seagate Technology has donated more than $180,000 to The Sharks Foundation since the program's inception.
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