SAN JOSE, CA - The Mascot Hall of Fame Executive Committee has announced that San Jose Sharks loveable mascot SJ Sharkie (@sjsharkie) has been nominated as a finalist for induction into the National Mascot Hall of Fame. Fans are encouraged to visit the Mascot Hall of Fame website here to vote Sharkie into the finals. First round voting begins October 6 and will continue through October 12. Final Ballot Voting will take place October 20 - 26.
A powerful and fun presence at every San Jose 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 Anti-Bully.
Aptly coined as "The Hardest Working Fish In Sports," Sharkie has worked more than 1000 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.
Other mascots vying for induction into the Mascot Hall of Fame as a member of the 2020 class include Youppi! (Montreal Canadiens), Blue (Indianapolis Colts), Boomer (Indiana Pacers), Globie (Harlem Globetrotters), Billy the Marlin (Florida Marlins), Wally the Green Monster (Boston Red Sox), Lou Seal (San Francisco Giants), Bernie Brewer (Milwaukee Brewers) and others.
The mission of the Mascot Hall of Fame is to honor mascot performers, performances, and programs that have positively affected their communities through mascot-themed, interactive exhibits embedded with S.T.E.A.M.-based education for the K-8 student population, families and sports fans alike. Located in Whiting, Indiana and founded in 2005, the Mascot Hall of Fame has inducted 17 professional and college mascots.