On Sept. 27, to the excitement of kids, coaches and spectators alike, the Sharks and Parks street hockey tournament returned to the parking lots of HP Pavilion. Teams from all over the Bay Area loaded up their cars-and in some cases busses-with street hockey equipment and made the trek for the chance to be crowned tournament champions.
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from the event.
The number of participants this year increased to 15 teams and more than 200 kids. The tournament was divided into three age divisions: 7-9 year-olds, 10-12 year-olds and 13-15 year-olds.
In the end, the San Francisco Seals won over the 7-9 year-old division, the Fair Oaks Sharks of Redwood City won over the 10-12 year-old and the 13-15 year-old divisions.
In addition to the games, the participants were treated to lunch, ice cream courtesy of the Sharks Ice Cream Truck, a special visit by S.J. Sharkie and tickets to the preseason game against the Vancouver Canucks that evening.
“It was great to see that many kids come out today to play street hockey, a sport they might not have been exposed to without the Sharks & Parks program,” Fan Development Coordinator Jeff Cafuir said. “We’re trying to promote health and fitness in a fun and safe environment and I think we were able to accomplish that today.”
Sharks & Parks is a free street hockey program established by the Sharks in 1991. It became so successful that the NHL adopted it as a league-wide initiative and formed NHL Street.
For more information on the Sharks & Parks street hockey program, please contact Jeff Cafuir at firstname.lastname@example.org.