Former San Jose Sharks players will be joined by die-hard hockey fans on April 1 in the annual “Sharks 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.
After the participants watch the Sharks and Coyotes practice in the morning, 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 to 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 until 1994, will also be joining in the day’s festivities. Maley played in 466 NHL games with five teams and currently co-owns Rollin’ Ice, a San Jose roller hockey facility. In addition, he serves as a color analyst and future reporter on the Sharks Radio Network.
Another former Shark in attendance will be Ron Stern. During his two seasons with the Sharks (1998-2000), Stern was arguably one of the most popular players and one of the most aggressive as he led the team in penalty minutes each season.
Adding to the list of local legends will be Gary Suter. While in San Jose, Suter scored 101 points (22 goals and 79 assists) in 227 and also won a silver medal in the 2002 Salt Lake City 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, 98-00, 01), Jeff Odgers (1991-96), Doug Bodger (1995-97), Bernie Nicholls (1996-98) and Lamont Hollywood from 107.7 The Bone.