SAN JOSE – The San Jose Sharks will officially welcome back two of the most beloved players in team history on Saturday, Oct. 13 before the home opener against Boston at HP Pavilion.
The team will show a brief video presentation following the national anthem honoring Mike Ricci and Bryan Marchment, who both recently retired from their playing careers and have joined the Sharks hockey department. Ricci, who relocated back to the San Jose area, will drop the ceremonial first puck.
“These two players are synonymous with what the San Jose Sharks want to be all about – fiercely competitive individuals who are great teammates and dedicated to winning and to their local community,” said Sharks President and Chief Executive Officer Greg Jamison.
Ricci serves as advisor to hockey operations while Marchment has been named to the position of scout and player development.
After spending the past two seasons with the Phoenix Coyotes, Ricci recently finished his stellar, 16-year National Hockey League career, where he notched 605 points (243 goals, 362 assists) and 979 penalty minutes in 1,099 NHL games with Philadelphia, Quebec/Colorado, San Jose and Phoenix. He also added 66 points (23 goals, 43 assists) in 110 Stanley Cup Playoff games.
His 263 points (101 goals, 162 assists) with San Jose ranks seventh on the Sharks all-time list and his 529 games in Teal place him fifth all-time. In 59 Stanley Cup Playoff games with San Jose, Ricci ranks third in team history with 33 points (14 goals, 19 assists) and 59 games.
Marchment, who will be based in the Toronto area, will work with the organization’s players and prospects. His duties will include working with players in San Jose and Worcester (the team’s American Hockey League affiliate), as well as scouting Sharks prospects at the college and Canadian major junior levels. He will also serve as an advisor to the hockey operations department.
One of the most feared hitters and intimidating players in the history of the NHL, Marchment played in 926 games over 17 seasons with Winnipeg, Chicago, Hartford, Edmonton, Tampa Bay, San Jose, Colorado, Toronto and Calgary and posted 182 points (40 goals, 142 assists) and 2,307 penalty minutes.