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The 300 Club

by Tony Khing / San Jose Sharks
The 2010-11 season has been full of good memories for Ryane Clowe.


For starters, the left wing was named San Jose’s alternate captain for all away games. Second, and of course most important, Clowe got engaged to be married. The third good memory will happen tonight against Colorado as Clowe will be playing in his 300th National Hockey League game, all with the Sharks.

“I’m happy to have played for this long,” Clowe said about achieving the 300 games played plateau. And did he think he’d have a long career in the NHL? “I hoped so,” he said.

“The average NHL career isn’t super long,” Clowe added. “I’d say I want to play another 300 more, but I want a lot more than 600.”

Based on what he’s accomplished to date, Clowe shouldn’t have any problem surpassing 600 games.

In 299 games, Clowe is now 11th on San Jose’s all-time scoring list with 198 points (75 goals and 123 assists – both 13th). He’s 16 points behind Milan Michalek (now with Ottawa) for 10th (214) on the list. In addition, Clowe’s 360 penalty minutes rank 12th in Sharks history.

And consider this: if Clowe hadn’t missed 67 games during the 2007-08 season after injuring his knee, his ranking among all-time Sharks players would be even higher.

All in all, the numbers aren’t bad for a player from Fermeuse, Newfoundland who was selected in the sixth round of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.

“I want to play,” Clowe said, “as long as I can.”

WHITE WATCH

New defenseman Ian White is scheduled to make his Sharks debut tonight against Colorado. White was acquired yesterday from Carolina in exchange for a second round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.

In the post-morning skate presser today, Coach Todd McLellan said White will take Marc-Edouard Vlasic’s (upper body) spot in this evening’s defensive rotation.

“All year, we’ve been looking for a right-handed shot defenseman, someone who can move the puck and help us on the power play,” McLellan said. “We were fortunate enough to get him. We’ll try and incorporate him into our lineup as quick as tonight and work with him so he can feel comfortable.”

For tonight, McLellan’s plan to make White feel comfortable is simple. “We won’t ask him to do too much,” he said. “Just play hockey. As practices add up, we’ll work him into more situations and get him to understand what we want to accomplish.”

White will also benefit from being reunited with two former teammates. Right wing Jamal Mayers played part of last season with White in Calgary, while center Kyle Wellwood and White were together in Toronto from 2005-06 to 2007-08.

“He’s a really smart player who moves the puck really well,” Mayers said. “We’ll try to make the transition as easy as possible for him.”

“He should be a solid contributor for us,” Wellwood said. “He can jump into a play offensively and shoot it. We like to have our D catch the puck in the high slot and shoot. And that’s where he can score from. He should fit in very well.”

White’s presence also sends a message to the other Sharks defensemen. “It has created a little bit of competition on the blue line,” McLellan said. “We haven’t had that in a long time. If you play well, you stay in. If you struggle, you may have to watch a game.”

There’s also another benefit to having White. “It gives us a chance to revive some of the back end guys who’ve played a lot,” McLellan added. “Maybe Dan Boyle’s minutes don’t have to be a 30 or a 28 every night. He can take some of the pressure off.

“He’s a piece. He’s not the whole. The whole still has to perform at a high level to be successful,” McLellan concluded. “We could’ve brought Bobby Orr in here and if everybody else doesn’t do their part, it wouldn’t matter. He’s a piece we feel can help us.”

PLAYER MOVES

After today’s morning skate, the Sharks announced that defenseman Jason Demers had been recalled from San Jose’s ECHL affiliate in Stockton. In addition, defenseman Justin Braun, who has played 15 games for San Jose this season, was recalled from the team’s American Hockey League affiliate in Worcester.

Finally, forward Benn Ferriero and defenseman Matt Irwin were reassigned to Worcester.

GIVING TO HELP

The Sharks had a few more people than usual watching this morning’s optional pregame skate. The Sharks Foundation, along with the Stanford Blood Center and the Be The Match Registry, held its annual blood drive and bone marrow registration event in the HP Pavilion concourse.

More than 400 appointments were taken. Donors were able to watch the morning skate and got to meet Sharks players Douglas Murray, Niclas Wallin, Jamal Mayers, Scott Nichol and Ryane Clowe.

This annual blood drive is the biggest the Stanford Blood Center does every year. In fact, today’s donations will help at least 700 lives.

GAME ON!


The Sharks play hosts to Colorado at 7:30 tonight. Tickets can be found at the HP Pavilion Ticket Office and at www.ticketmaster.com. The game will be on CSN California, 98.5 and 102.1 KFOX and www.sjsharks.com.

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