Following a good skate Sunday, the San Jose Sharks took to the links for the Applied Materials Sharks Foundation Golf Classic on Monday afternoon.
Players, coaches and management from the San Jose Sharks participated including Captain Patrick Marleau, 2005-06 Hart Trophy and Art Ross Trophy recipient Joe Thornton, and 2005-06 Maurice “Rocket” Richard trophy recipient Jonathan Cheechoo. Also participating were 49ers alumni, Brent Jones, Randy Kirk, Dave Fiore and Rhett Hall, along with Counting Crows guitarist, Dave Bryson.
The golf tournament is the largest annual fundraiser for The Sharks Foundation and the players don’t mind taking the time for beneficiaries that work with disadvantaged youth.
“It’s good to get out, have some fun, see some different faces and play some golf,” said Marleau. “Just by showing up and playing golf, we raise a lot of money for a great cause. We’ve been playing every other day, so it’s nice for some guys to relax.”
Of all the golfers in attendence, the low gross score was turned in by a team lead by Sharks President and CEO Greg Jamison. Rounding out Jamison's team was Spencer Jamison, Rudy Staedler and Sharks radio play-by-play broadcaster Dan Rusanowsky. The team posted an impressive 57 gross and beat out another team in a tiebreaker.
Winning the net score with an equally impressive 51, was the Dave Bottomley, Craig Sanguinetti, Jeff Ferrari and Jerry McLaggan team. Scott Hannan was the honorary captain of the bunch who beat out two other teams that posted a 53.
For photos of the event, continue to the bottom of the story.
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READY FOR THE WILD
All because the Sharks didn’t practice the day prior to their rematch with the Minnesota Wild, it is not as if the Sharks won’t be focused on Tuesday for the team that topped them in the season’s first month.
“They have always been a pretty well coached team and everybody buys into it,” said Marleau. “They added (Pavol) Demitra and some other players and its working.”
The Sharks-Wild match-up will be aired at 7:30 p.m. on FSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com. Limited tickets are still available at the HP Pavilion Ticket Box Office.
Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson will be in Toronto on Tuesday for an NHL General Manager’s meeting.
There is little doubt that there will be some talk devoted to the League’s current scheduling format.
"We certainly have to be cognizant of what our fans want," San Jose Sharks GM Doug Wilson said Monday to the Canadian Press. "I know in our market, sure they'd like to see all those teams from the East. But I also think if you asked them, 'you have your choice from seeing all those teams once a year or giving our team a better chance to win a Stanley Cup?' That vote might be split right there."
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Sharks Head Coach Ron Wilson is anxiously awaiting word on the birth of his first grandchild.
PHOTOS FROM TOURNAMENT
Steve Bernier watches a strong drive.
Bidding at the silent auction.
Getting ready to hit the course.
Joe Thornton prepares to head out.
Murray, Thornton and Cheechoo in action.