Former San Jose Sharks players will be joined by die-hard hockey fans on April 1 at the sold-out annual “Shark for a Day” Fantasy Camp, where participants get a peek into “A Day in the Life of a San Jose Shark,” with all proceeds benefiting The Sharks Foundation.
In keeping with the game-day tradition of a true NHLer, the campers will take part in a pre-game skate on Saturday morning. Led by current Sharks Assistant Coaches Rob Zettler and Tim Hunter, the group will be put through the same drills utilized by current Sharks players. Following their grueling warm-up, the group will assemble to view the Sharks and Phoenix Coyotes morning practice sessions.
After watching the teams skate, the fantasy campers will convene for lunch and engage in discussion with Sharks coaches, broadcasters and alumni. Following lunch, the participants will suit up and take part in a three-period, 60-minute game with the Sharks alumni. The full day concludes with a dinner and reception, followed by watching the Sharks-Phoenix Coyotes game from a Penthouse Terrace Suite.
Notable Sharks alumni participating in the event include current radio color analyst Jamie Baker, who played for the Sharks from 1993-1996 and again in 1998. His series-clinching goal in Game Seven of the 1994 Stanley Cup Quarterfinals gave the No. 8-seeded Sharks the series win over No. 1-seeded Detroit – an NHL first – and is considered one of the biggest goals in franchise history.
David Maley, who played for the Sharks from 1992-1994, will also be joining in the day’s festivities. Maley played in 466 NHL games with five teams (including a Stanley Cup Championship with Montreal in 1986) and currently co-owns Rollin’ Ice, a San Jose roller hockey facility. In addition, he serves as a color analyst and feature reporter on the Sharks Radio Network.
Another former Shark in attendance will be Ron Stern. During his two seasons with the Sharks (1998-00), Stern was arguably one of the most popular and aggressive players as he led the team in penalty minutes each season.
Adding to the list of Sharks legends will be Gary Suter. While in San Jose, Suter scored 101 points (22 goals and 79 assists) in 227 games and also won a silver medal in the 2002 Winter Olympics with Team U.S.A. His nephew, Ryan Suter, is a rookie defenseman with the Nashville Predators.
Rounding out the fantasy camp team are Jeff Norton (1993-95, 1998-00, 2001), Jeff Odgers (1991-96), Doug Bodger (1995-97) and Bernie Nicholls (1996-98) as well as local legend, morning radio personality, avid Sharks fan and Winnipeg native Lamont Hollywood from 107.7 The Bone.