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Power Rankings: Welcome to San Flow-se

by Ann Frazier /

Beards are soooo 2017-18.

For a few seasons, the Sharks were known as the team with the beards. Led by the tag-team of Brent Burns and Joe Thornton, it seemed like every player was sporting some sort of facial hair throughout the season. 

But this season, there was a bit of a change. Sure, the Burns beard is as impressive as ever, and Joe Pavelski still sports the surprisingly red beard, but more of the team had chosen to be clean-shaven (and that's even without the tragically post-headshot day shaving of Thornton's beard). 

This season, it's about the flow. Or, if you're not fluent in hockey, the long, luxurious locks that flow out the helmets. 

So welcome to San Flow-se, and take a look at the four player leading the way.

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Power Rankings: Photographic Evolution

by Ann Frazier /

Each and every Media Day, players are put through the gauntlet of photography and video shoots as teams try to prepare for the remainder of the season. Promotions, social content, shots for any of the open videos; much of what fans see is collected on a single day in September. 

Most prominently, the players go through their equivalent of yearbook photos by taking their headshots for the season, to be used pretty much everywhere. And because these photos are taken every year, it's a great way to see how the players have evolved through the seasons.

In honor of the latest crop of headshots, we've decided to take a look at how Sharks players have changed from when they took their very first NHL headshot (well… first NHL headshot that's available on Getty Images).

13. Justin Braun

Is it just us, or has Braun not changed? Like, at all?

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Power Rankings: But Why Male Models

by Ann Frazier /

For a few years now, the San Jose Sharks social media accounts have featured the players and their steadily-improving suit game through the hashtag #SharklyDressedMen. Inspired by that, we set up a pregame photoshoot and required all players to take part to show off their suits in a more structured way (e.g. not just photos of them walking through the halls of various arenas). 

Photos in hand, we chose the top ten looks (some players still need some work) and decided to rank them according to this simple metric: "How likely would we see this photo in GQ?"

NOTE: We'd like to give the disclaimer that these photos were taken prior to a preseason game and without any prior notice, so some players were wearing their "B" and "C" suits. 

We've been assured by those players that they step their suit-game up for the regular season. 

10. Melker Karlsson

Karlsson wins in terms of tie choice - that print is on choice - but his pose and general demeanor is definitely more "law firm" than "fashion shoot."

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Power Rankings: Remembering Thornton's Beard

by Ann Frazier /

Sarah McLachlan's "In The Arms of an Angel" plays softly in the background.

At some point, we all have to deal with the loss of something we hold dear. And this week, Sharks fans had to face a loss that seemed so unfathomable, so out of the question that it came as a shock to everyone. 

Joe Thornton shaved his beard.

In honor of this momentous occasion, we've ranked some of the most iconic moments of Joe Thornton's iconic (and, perhaps, soon-to-be-returning) beard.

9. In The Beginning

In his decade or so in San Jose, Jumbo has often sported some scruff, even a short beard. Basically, facial hair was not a foreign concept for Thornton.

But in the 2015-16 season, he took facial hair to a whole new level. And fans first started getting a sense that this was no ordinary beard with this photo, taken in March. 

That, and well, it's just a great photo. 

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Power Rankings: Sharks Are Awesome

by Ann Frazier & Casey Krygier /

Cool. Rad. Amazing. Magnificent. Impressive. Glorious. AWESOME! Yep, that's the word.

If Sharks weren't awesome then there wouldn't be an entire week dedicated to their awesomeness, right? Right.

Even though you may have learned a lot about Sharks this past week on TV there are a few key facts we think they left out. So we decided to rank some of the top findings about Sharks you may not have known.

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Power Rankings: In The Year 2000...

by Ann Frazier /

Well, it's happened. At this year's NHL draft, most of the players drafted will have been born in the year 2000. That's right, players who will play in the NHL next season were born in the new millennium. 

In honor of this "wow I feel old" fact, here are some of the major pop culture happenings that occurred at the turn of the millennium, right when many of these prospects were born. 

8. 28 NHL teams

That's right, just 28 teams. The Minnesota Wild, Columbus Blue Jackets, and Vegas Golden Knights had yet to take the ice when the year 2000 began. How weird is it to think about a time where there isn't 31 teams in the league?

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Power Rankings: Top 10 Late (or Overtime) Goals

by Ann Frazier /

It might be hard to believe, but sometimes players forget the score of the game. Even in the final few seconds of a close, incredibly important game. Crazy, right? 

In honor of this completely hypothetical situation that certainly did not happen last night, we decided to celebrate the ten times this season the Sharks definitely knew that the game was tied (or needed to be tied up) late in the game. 

10. Labanc scores in overtime

Video: VAN@SJS: Labanc one-times game-winner in overtime

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Power Rankings: Worst Knights

by Ann Frazier /

Sharks are awesome. That is an indisputable fact of life. On the other hand, knights are a remnant of an outdated mode of society often romanticized for no real reason.

So in honor of the second round matchup with the Vegas Golden Knights, we've decided to take a look at some of the most famous knights in pop culture and explain why they are actually bad. 

T8. Dark Knight (aka Batman)

First of all, Batman doesn't have any superpowers outside of a ton of money, so not sure how he's considered a superhero (before there are any arguments, Tony Stark/Iron Man also falls under this). Second, Christopher Nolan's Dark Knight trilogy - while a great deconstruction of the superhero genre to make it realistic - has all but ruined the DC cinematic universe. Not every superhero needs to be dark and broody and murder-y, you know. 

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Power Rankings: Waiting For the Second Round Schedule Release

by Ann Frazier /

So. Here you are, six days after the Sharks wrapped up their first round series, still waiting for the second round schedule against the Vegas Golden Knights to be released. 

To help pass the time, has compiled a list of things to do while you wait. 

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Power Rankings: Worst Ducks

by Ann Frazier /

Pop culture is filled with awesome sharks, from Bruce in Jaws to Bruce in Finding Nemo to Jabberjaw to Street Sharks to the literally limitless number of made-for-TV shark disaster movies. 

Ducks? Not so much.

So in honor of the first round matchup with the Anaheim Ducks, we've decided to go through pop culture's most famous ducks and explain to you why they are actually bad. 

∞. The Ugly Duckling

This classic children's story is about how an ugly bird is made fun of by all the other ducklings, but then grows up to be a beautiful swan. 

Even children's fairy tales agree that ducks are obviously inferior. 

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