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Throwback Thursday - 6/21/2012

by Alex Aragon / San Jose Sharks

To celebrate Sharks history, each week we will highlight moments of the past. So check back to the Daily Chomp each week to celebrate with us for Throwback Thursday. In addition, we will be giving away special Sharks throwback items every Thursday.

This week the Daily Chomp takes a look at the Sharks 1997-98 season.

Did you know... the Sharks drafted alternate captain Patrick Marleau 2nd overall at the 1997 NHL Entry Draft (1st overall was current Sharks captain Joe Thornton by Boston).

More from that year:
  • The Sharks set a then franchise record for most wins (34), and second highest point total (78: 34-38-10)
  • Patrick Marleau entered training camp at 17 years old, subsequently making the Sharks roster
  • Marleau appeared in 74 games his rookie season, posting 32 points (13-19=32)
  • Marco Sturm, Andrei Zyuzin and Alexander Korolyuk joined Marleau as Calder-eligible skaters
  • Veterans Stephane Matteau, Mike Vernon, Mike Ricci and Bryan Marchment acquired during the season
  • Jeff Friesen led the Sharks with 63 points, 20 points more than the next closest Shark
  • In doing so, Friesen became the youngest player in NHL history to lead his team in scoring (at 21 years old)
Also, be sure to check out the Sharks History Page and the Photo of the Day.

Pop Culture:
  • Blockbuster film 'Titanic' won 11 Academy Awards
  • The Tamagotchi became a must-have toy worldwide
  • Aqua’s smash hit “Barbie Girl” topped the music charts
  • Tiger Woods became the youngest golfer to ever win the Masters at 21 years old
  • The Simpsons became  television’s longest-running prime-time animated series
  • Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone was published in London, England

Sharks Throwback Giveaway

Fill out the form below for a chance to win a unique Sharks Throwback prize. Increase your chances of winning and tweet using #SharksThrowback or text "Throwback" to 74499.

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