SAN JOSE, CA. – On Wed., Sept. 22, at 3:30 p.m., select players from the San Jose Sharks, who are not playing in the preseason game in Anaheim, will visit the Oakland Ice Center Operated By Sharks Ice to greet local fans. The players will take time out of their busy training camp schedule to meet the public and run a youth hockey clinic with the youngest members of the Oakland Bears competitive travel hockey teams.
Also participating in the clinic will be a handful of the rink’s newest hockey enthusiasts – sled hockey players from the Bay Area Outreach and Recreation Program (BORP). The fledgling sled hockey program has been made possible in part by the generous donations of Kristi Yamaguchi’s Always Dream Foundation, the NHLPA Goals & Dreams Fund and Sharks Ice staff, who provide ice time and instruction.
“This has become a great tradition at the Oakland Ice Center,” said General Manager Melissa Fitzgerald. “More and more local fans and young athletes look forward each year to the opportunity to greet our Sharks players and wish them well as they head into their new hockey season.”
Since assuming management of the Oakland Ice Center in October of 2007, Sharks Ice has provided thousands of young Oakland Residents with the opportunity to participate in ice sports at little or no cost through physical education classes, after school programs, high school hockey, and a variety of other activities. Sharks Ice is a proud member of the NHL’s “Hockey Is For Everyone” initiative.