As offseason news goes from a stream to a trick to a desert, let’s take a look back at some personal memories. While I understand many of us have tried to forget certain moments in San Jose Sharks history, I imagine most remember the first time they stepped inside the Cow Palace or Shark Tank.
My memories of my first several forays to HP Pavillion, as it was then known, kind of blend together. What I remember most vividly is that the Sharks were usually playing the Dallas Stars and always losing.
A family friend’s boss had season tickets, I believe, and since these friends were from the Dallas-Fort Worth area they often got their hands on the seats when the Stars came to town. I can’t say it broke my heart to watch the Sharks lose as a vaguely-interested kid, but I remember excitedly learning about Niklas Sundstrom (obviously) and chanting “Nabby” with the rest of the crowd.
It took a very long time for me to see the Sharks win in person. I couldn’t tell you how long my losing streak stretched, but it was into double digits when I finally saw Team Teal beat the Nashville Predators 2-1 in March of the lockout season.
It got a little nervy at the end thanks to a shorthanded goal assisted by, who else, Nick Spaling, but the Sharks hung on to win. Like most great Sharks wins, what I felt most was a rush of relief that my bad luck streak had finally been snapped. Since then, I’ve seen the Sharks win more than lose.
Enough about me. What’s your earliest memory of going to a Sharks game? Was it at the Cow Palace? SAP Center? Or in enemy territory? I hope most of your memories are better than mine.