S.J. Sharkie enters his 25th NHL season and 26th year as the Sharks beloved mascot.
A consistent and familiar presence at every Sharks home game, Sharkie has the enviable task of entertaining a sold out crowd in San Jose night in and night out, performing a variety of exciting death-defying and unique stunts and acts. Sharkie's nightly performances range from rappelling from SAP Center at San Jose's rafters to speeding across the ice on his four-wheel all-terrain vehicle.
Since his NHL debut in January 1992, Sharkie has become one of the most recognized mascots in the universe. He's a highly respected figure both inside and outside of SAP Center and throughout the hockey community.
The lovable mascot makes more than 450 public appearances each year, and makes a splash at any event. During the 2014-15 season, Sharkie's events ranged from birthday parties to flower deliveries, bar mitzvahs to weddings, corporate affairs and over 250 hours of charity events.
In the past, he has even escorted a high school student to her senior prom and acted as the ring bearer at a wedding ceremony. Aptly coined as "The Hardest Working Fish in Sports," Sharkie has been selected to represent the team at the NHL All-Star Game an amazing 16 times (as of 2015) and assisted in dropping the ceremonial first puck at the 1997 All-Star Game in San Jose.
In 2012, Cartoon Network selected him as the "Most Awesome Mascot" in all of sports at their Hall Of Game awards show.
Besides his countless public appearances, Sharkie is involved with numerous Bay Area charities, and spends countless hours on behalf of the Sharks Foundation by lending a "fin" to their school programs, fundraisers, meetings and projects throughout the year (sharksfoundation.org).