SAN JOSE, CA - The San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) today announced details for the Sharks Fan Fest 2019 presented by Bay Area BMW Centers (#SJSharksFest), which will be held on Sun., Sept. 22 at SAP Center at San Jose (@SAPCenter) with a portion of the proceeds benefitting the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.
Fan Fest will feature players and coaches from the San Jose Sharks and San Jose Barracuda, along with many Sharks alumni, team broadcasters and personalities participating in a variety of activities, including an open practice, autograph sessions, moderated Q & A sessions and much more.
In addition, the Sharks "Legends" Game presented by Skyline Construction will get an enhanced look and will feature players from the Professional Women's Hockey Players Association (PWHPA, @PWHPA), including two-time Olympic medalist Kendall Coyne Schofield (@KendallCoyne), playing alongside Sharks Alumni and personalities.
"The PWHPA is extremely excited to be heading to San Jose to play the Sharks Alumni team," said Coyne Schofield. "We are very thankful for the Sharks support of the PWHPA. Because of their support, we are able to showcase the best product of professional women's hockey in North America through the Dream Gap Tour. Ever since the fastest skater competition at the Shark Tank in January, I have felt like a member of the Sharks family and I can't wait to get back to the San Jose community with 15 of my other teammates."
Coyne Schofield has represented the United States on several occasions, including the Winter Olympics (gold-2018; silver-2014), seven International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) Women's World Championships (gold-2011, 2013, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2019; silver-2012), nine Four Nations Cups (1st-2011, 2012, 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018; 2nd-2010, 2014; 3rd-2013) and one IIHF Twelve Nations Invitational Tournament Series (2011).
She also became the first woman to compete in an NHL All-Star Skills event, posting a time of 14.346 in the Fastest Skater Competition during the 2019 NHL All-Star Weekend at SAP Center (@SAPCenter) in San Jose.
Other PWHPA players expected to participate in the "Legends" game include:
Jocelyne Lamoureux-Davidson (@LamoureuxTwins) - Three-time Olympic medalist (gold-2018; silver-2014, 2010)
Gigi Marvin (@GigiMarvin) - Three-time Olympic medalist (gold-2018; silver-2014, 2010)
Noora Räty (@Nooraty41) - Four-time Olympian (Finland)
Lee Stecklein (@LeeSteck2) - Two-time Olympic medalist (gold-2018; silver-2014)
Hannah Brandt (@hannahbrandt16) - Olympic gold medalist (2018)
Dani Cameranesi (@DaniCam9) - Olympic gold medalist (2018)
Annie Pankowski (@anniepank) - NCAA National Champion and three-time World Hockey Champion (2019, 2016, 2015)
In addition, several Sharks Alumni will once again participate in this year's game, including Jamie Baker (@Bakes_Jamie13), Jeff Friesen, Scott Hannan, Bryan Marchment, Douglas Murray (@douglas_murray3), Devin Setoguchi (@devin_setoguchi) and more.
Other fan activities expected at Fan Fest include the opportunity to take photos at center ice and under the Shark Head, face painting, the BMW Slapshot, a Tech Museum exhibit, a photo booth, interactive displays and sign making station.
On the SAP Center concourse, arena concession stands will be open for food and beverages. In addition, the Sharks Store will be open, along with several merchandise stands, offering fans all the latest Sharks gear.
Complimentary parking for all attendees will be available in SAP Center's A, B & C parking lots.
Fan Fest tickets are available to the public for $12 and include general admission seating to the Sharks "Legends" Game presented by Skyline Construction.
A special VIP postgame event, which includes a meet and greet with Sharks Alumni and members of the PWHPA as well as dinner in the SAP Center's BMW Lounge, is available for $150 per person. More information on the VIP package will be available in the coming weeks.
Fan Fest tickets are available to the public at the ThreatMetrix Ticket Office at SAP Center, charge-by-phone at 1-800-745-3000 and online at sjsharks.com/fanfest.
Activities are subject to change. More information, including a full schedule of events, to follow at sjsharks.com/fanfest.