SAN JOSE -- The Teal and White game is no more.
The Sharks have ended an annual tradition for season ticket holders by canceling the split-squad scrimmage at the SAP Center, replacing it with a “Meet the Sharks” event, tentatively scheduled to take place in November. The organization believes that is a much better way for fans to get up-close-and-personal with their favorite players, according to a team spokesman.
The Teal and White game lasted seven seasons, with the most recent game in 2011.
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The Sharks have sent a group of 22 young players to the Young Stars Classic in Penticton, British Columbia. They departed the Bay Area on Tuesday, and their first game is on Thursday against the Vancouver Canucks’ prospects.
Among the players that traveled north are 2011 second-round pick Matthew Nieto, 2012 first-rounder Tomas Hertl, and 2013 first-rounder Mirco Mueller and second-round pick Gabryel Boudreau. A full roster can be found here.
Also participating in the eight-game round robin are prospects from the Calgary, Winnipeg and Edmonton organizations. The event runs through Sept. 9.
Sharks training camp begins on Sept. 11, with the first on-ice session the following day. The club has yet to release a roster. Meanwhile, the "Captain's Ice" informal practices have already started, taking place at 11:30 a.m. at Sharks Ice on every weekday between now and the beginning of training camp next week.
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Odds-makers aren’t too high on the Sharks capturing the Pacific Division title in 2013-14.
In a recent update from Bovada, San Jose is listed fourth, at 19/4 odds to secure the top place in the newly realigned division. The Kings are the heavy favorites at 3/2, while the Vancouver Canucks (3/1) and Anaheim Ducks (9/2) are ahead of the Sharks. Edmonton (7/1), Phoenix (16/1) and Calgary (30/1) round out the division.
The Boston Bruins (Atlantic), Pittsburgh Penguins (Metropolitan) and Chicago Blackhawks (Central) were the other favorites in their respective divisions.