Sharks notes: Rookie camp schedule; Wilson honored


Sharks notes: Rookie camp schedule; Wilson honored

The Sharks’ annual rookie camp leading up to the start of NHL training camp next week will begin on Thursday at the club’s practice facility in San Jose.

The camp will be broken up into two groups – the rookies, and another group comprised of players with fewer than 50 games of NHL experience. The rookies will compete in a round-robin tournament against Ducks and Avalanche prospects in Westminster, Colorado from Sept. 17-19.

Practices at Sharks Ice are open to the public. The schedule – subject to chance on late notice – is as follows:

Sept. 15
12 p.m. - U50/Rookie Skates (North/South rinks)

Sept 16
8:30 a.m. - Rookie Practice (South)
10 a.m. - U50 Practice (North)

Sept. 17
10 a.m. - U50 Practice (South)

Sept. 18
10 a.m. - U50 Practice (South)

Sept. 19
10 a.m. - U50 Practice (South)

Sept. 20
10 a.m. - U50 Practice (North)
11 a.m. - Rookie Practice (South)

Sept. 21
9:30 a.m. - Rookie/U50 Practice (South/North)
10:30 a.m. - Rookie/U50 Scrimmage (South)

The Sharks open NHL training camp on Friday, Sept. 23.

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Sharks general manager Doug Wilson will be inducted into the San Jose Hall Sports Hall of Fame at an enshrinement banquet at SAP Center on Nov. 2. He will become the fourth member of the organization to be so honored, joining goalie Arturs Irbe, forward Owen Nolan and original owner George Gund III.

Wilson served as the Sharks’ first captain for two seasons from 1991-93, and has been the general manager since 2003. He oversaw the organization’s most successful season in 2015-16 as San Jose captured the Western Conference and made its first-ever appearance in the Stanley Cup Final.

The 59-year-old Ottawa, Ontario native and longtime defenseman for the Blackhawks is also a member of the Chicagoland Sports Hall of Fame and Ottawa Sports Hall of Fame.

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Former Sharks forward James Sheppard has been offered a tryout with the Vancouver Canucks, according to a report. Sheppard spent last season in Switzerland.

The 28-year-old last played for the Sharks in 2014-15, and was traded to New York late that year. He tried out for the Columbus Blue Jackets last season, but didn't make it.

The cap-strapped Sharks are not expected to bring anyone to training camp on a tryout basis.

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The AHL San Jose Barracuda have a new play-by-play man, as well as a new training and equipment staff.

Nick Nollenberger will take over as the voice of the Barracuda, and handle their media relations. The Santa Cruz native most recently served as the director of broadcasting and media relations for the Odessa Jackalopes of the NAHL.

Also joining the Barracuda are Nick Gialdini (video coach/hockey ops coordinator), Quentin Higgins (head trainer), Adam Dexter (head equipment manager), Marcello Martinelli (strength and conditioning coordinator) and John Peters (assistant equipment manager).

Sharks start training camp with familiar face elsewhere: ‘It’s kind of strange’


Sharks start training camp with familiar face elsewhere: ‘It’s kind of strange’

SAN JOSE — There was something familiar missing in San Jose when the Sharks opened training camp.

For the first time since 1996, the Sharks took the ice for their first training camp practice without Patrick Marleau on the team as the franchise's career leader in games and scoring left as a free agent for Toronto this summer.

"I've spent a lot of years with him. It is kind of strange," said Joe Thornton, who came to San Jose in 2005. "It's his birthday today too. It's a little weird, but he's going to do great up in Toronto."

Marleau had been with San Jose since being picked second overall in 1997 but left the Sharks to sign an $18.75 million, three-year deal with the Maple Leafs in July.

Marleau has 508 goals and 574 assists for 1,082 points. He had 46 points in playing all 82 games last season as he rebounded from a disappointing 2015-16 season by scoring 27 goals, including the 500th of his career. He ranks first in San Jose in career goals, games and points.

Only six players in NHL history have played more games with one team than Marleau's 1,493 in San Jose. The Sharks haven't played a game without him on the ice since April 7, 2009.

"Obviously Patty has meant so much to this organization and this group," captain Joe Pavelski said. "Everyone in this room has pretty much played with him and Patty has done something to help them out. He'll be missed. ... Just by committee somebody will step in and fill that kind of hole. That's what we'll need."

The Sharks made no major additions this offseason so will need to replace Marleau's 27 goals by getting development from younger players like Tomas Hertl, Timo Meier, Kevin Labanc and Danny O'Regan, as well as bounce-back seasons from veterans like Thornton, Mikkel Boedker and Joonas Donskoi.

Only Pavelski, Logan Couture and Brent Burns are back after scoring more than 12 goals last season.

"When I look back at last year we had key people either have down years or miss significant time with injuries or coming off injuries," coach Peter DeBoer said. "I think if we can stay healthy I think we've got a large group of guys that can really take a step this year and I expect a step out of them."

While the Sharks lost Marleau in free agency, they did manage to keep Thornton by giving him a one-year, $8 million contract despite dwindling production last season and offseason knee surgery.

He scored just seven goals — his fewest in an 82-game season since his rookie year in 1997-98 — and was a key part of a power-play unit that uncharacteristically struggled last season. But he still managed 43 assists, teaming with captain Joe Pavelski on San Jose's top line.

Thornton missed the final week of the regular season and the first two playoff games with a left knee injury before returning for the final four games of a first-round loss to Edmonton. Thornton then underwent surgery to repair his MCL and ACL after the season but was back skating in August and started ramping it up for training camp two weeks ago. Thornton believes the lower-body work he did in rehab this offseason will pay dividends on the ice.

"They feel real strong," he said of his legs. "I feel a lot of pop out there. They're probably as strong as they've ever been just because I had to rehab that knee so much."

Sharks Media Day highlights: Beards, smiles & cup checks


Sharks Media Day highlights: Beards, smiles & cup checks

The boys were back together in San Jose on Thursday for Sharks Media Day, with plenty of smiles and moments of levity. Check out the highlights...

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