The Sharks took a break from hockey but stayed on the ice when they engaged in a friendly curling competition in Banff, Alberta on Tuesday. Players and staff in teams of four participated in the team building exercise at the Banff Recreational Centre and after falling to them last year, the coaches defeated the players in the championship game.
It’s not like they’re keeping track or anything.
Head Coach Ron Wilson, Assistant Coaches Rob Zettler and Tim Hunter and Vice President and Assistant General Manager Wayne Thomas made up the winning squad while Joe Thornton
, Equipment Manager Mike Aldrich, Curtis Brown and Patrick Marleau
had to settle for second place. The final game was a re-match between the same squads from last year, except for Thornton replacing former Shark Mark Smith for their squad.
“We had a good time and learned from our mistakes from last year in the finals against these same guys,” said Wilson following the game. “It was a great time for everyone.”
“We had an absolute blast today curling,” said Thornton, who is currently leading the Sharks with 10 points. “It’s always fun when you can have a little friendly competition with the boys.”
The trip to Banff was the team’s first chance to do something fun and competitive that didn’t revolve around hockey this season. Following their win over the Flames on Monday night, the Sharks drove to Banff, a small town about 90 minutes from Calgary, and will stay until tomorrow morning when they depart for Detroit. Spanning only two and a half miles wide, Banff is surrounded by mountain parklands and wilderness in the Canadian Rockies.
“To be able to come to Banff with the team is really nice and relaxing,” said Steve Bernier. It’s a chance to get to know your teammates better. The view here is unbelievable and we had an awesome time curling today.”NEXT GAME
The Sharks take on the Detroit Red Wings in Detroit on Friday, October 26 at 4:30 p.m. PST. The game will be broadcast on FSN Bay Area, KFOX 98.5 FM, and SJSHARKS.com.