SAN JOSE - The San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) announced today that forward Joe Pavelski has been selected as the Sharks Foundation (@SharksCare) "Sharks Player of the Month" for December.
Pavelski posted the most goals of any NHL player with nine during December and led all San Jose scorers with 12 points (nine goals, three assists). He finished with a +5 rating in 13 games.
This season, Pavelski ranks second on the team in points (32) and first in goals (19, 5th in NHL overall). In addition, Pavelski is T-11th in the NHL among forwards (with teammate Logan Couture) with 35 blocked shots, 8th in the NHL in faceoff percentage (56.6%) and 5th in the NHL in shots on goal (134).
Established in the 1996-97 season, the Sharks Foundation "Sharks Player of the Month" program honors the Sharks player(s) who have contributed most to the team's success each month. The Sharks Player of the Month and Year award program has donated more than $300,000 to the Sharks Foundation since the program's inception.
This is the fifth time Pavelski has received the honor.