It was a tough night for the Sharks Friday as they suffered their first loss of the season in a 4-0 shutout in Anaheim. However, it will always be a memorable affair for rookie Brad Staubitz as he made his NHL debut.
“It was exciting and great to get the first game in,” said Staubitz. “I wish we would have won.”
While San Jose did not score on the night, Staubitz found his way to the scoresheet via a bout with Nathan McIver. The play began when Staubitz hit the Anaheim player near the bench. Both landed a few punches before they went to the penalty box.
Staubitz played a solid 6:38 in his debut and enjoyed all but the outcome.
He received the call Thursday evening that he was meeting the Sharks in Anaheim, giving him all night to think about his premier.
“They called yesterday evening and I was pretty excited,” said Staubitz. “It made it tough to sleep.”
It did provide the 24-year-old ample opportunity to let his friends and family know he would be reaching his professional dream.
“I got a hold of my parents and friends,” said Staubitz.
The cross country flight did not allow Staubitz to get a practice in with his teammates which is typical most game days.
“I got in around noon and missed the morning skate, but got to the team meal and had a little nap,” said Staubitz.
The free agent signee got his first direction from the coaches at the team meal before retreating to his hotel room.
“I saw them at the team meal and after warm-ups we had a quick chat,” said Staubitz. “They told me to work hard and do what I can do.”
Staubitz had plenty of on-ice help as he was alongside veterans Jeremy Roenick and Jody Shelley for the night.
“Roenick is a legend and he said a lot of little things that were great,” said Staubitz. “Shelley has been around a while and he helped too.”
Staubitz has plenty of preseason action under his belt, but noticed a difference in the regular season contests.
“The guys are so talented out there,” said Staubitz.
Staubitz was called up as Milan Michalek could not skate in the contest.
NEXT GAME The Sharks return to HP Pavilion ice Saturday night to host Philadelphia in a 7:30 p.m. start. The contest will be carried by CSN Bay Area, 98.5 KFOX and sjsharks.com. Tickets are still available at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office and at www.ticketmaster.com.