The Mascot Hall of Fame Executive Committee has announced that San Jose Sharks loveable mascot SJ Sharkie (@sjsharkie) has been voted into the final 10 for induction into the National Mascot Hall of Fame. Fans are encouraged to visit the Mascot Hall of Fame website (mascothalloffame.com/thevote) to vote Sharkie into the finals. Fans can vote once a day - per email address. First round voting begins October 6 and will continue through October 12. Final Ballot Voting will take place October 20-26.
Since his debut on Jan. 28, 1992 Sharkie has made over 12,000 appearances, including: 1,250+ games, 3,000+ school literacy visits, 5,000+ charity events, and appeared in seven countries. A powerful and fun presence at every Sharks home game, SJ Sharkie entertains the "The Tank" like no other, performing a variety of exciting stunts and acts to pump up the crowd of teal.
In addition to the games, the lovable mascot makes more than 400 outside appearances each year. These events range from charity fundraisers, community festivals, school appearances to birthdays, Bar mitzvahs and weddings - and everything in between. He has escorted a student to senior prom, has been the ring bearer at a wedding and competed in a kids triathlon. Sharkie currently is the face of several Sharks community programs, including Reading Is Cool, Stick to Fitness and the Anti-Bullying program.
Aptly coined as "The Hardest Working Fish In Sports," Sharkie has worked more than 1,000 Sharks regular season games, and been selected to the NHL All-Star Game an amazing 20 times - including being chosen to assist in dropping the ceremonial first puck for the 1997 Game (between Wayne Gretzky and Chris Chelios).
Always a trendsetter, Sharkie was the first to have an internet domain devoted solely to a sports mascot, and in 2012, was named the "Most Awesome Mascot" by Cartoon Network at their "Hall of Game" Awards Show.
Check out some highlights here:
In-game highlight video: https://youtu.be/AjIpy24pv2o
Star Wars pregame: https://youtu.be/emjbCd3R7ZM
Scotia Bank "TUNA": https://youtu.be/Cfj8iUoq12A
Alaska Airlines "Snakes On A Plane" : https://youtu.be/yuzgroG00qA
Reading Is Cool: https://www.nhl.com/sharks/video/reading-is-cool/t-277437430/c-45046403
Anti Bullying Program: https://www.nhl.com/sharks/video/anti-bullying-assembly/t-277437430/c-66061903