No tickets? No whining
3/30/04 - by Mike Lee
Three regular season games to
go before the start of the NHL's second season, and with it comes the mad
scramble for playoff tickets. Funny thing is, I can't think of 17,496 people
worthy of the right to buy playoff tickets. All things considering, the Sharks
sold out HP Pavilion 3 times this season, so there certainly can't be that many
people who deserve to see this team play in the playoffs. I shelled out my
season ticket money (for the 13th consecutive season) back in July without
blinking. Just an average Joe that digs deep into his pockets each year and
shells out cold hard cash for the chance to see the best hockey players in the
world do their thing.
Sure, the excuses were plentiful last Summer.
Owen Nolan had been traded. Teemu Selanne finally showed off that legendary
speed, albeit as he bolted out of San Jose. Things looked bleak. If you're one
of the unlucky few who doesn't land playoff tickets AND you skipped out on
renewing season tickets last season, then you've got nothing to complain about.
Sharks prospect Matt Carle will get a
little TV time next week when he laces them up for the NCAA Frozen Four. Carle
and his Denver University teammates will play in one of the semi-final games on
April 8th and potentially in the Championship game on April 10th.
ESPN2 will cover all three games. Semis are at 9am PST and 3pm PST on Thursday
and the Championship games is at 4pm PST on Saturday.
Hats off for
Kudos to TheFeeder's very own Erik Kuhre for being named the
"7th Man Fan of the Year" by the Sharks. Erik won by submitting a 250 word
essay on why he's the Sharks number one fan.
He will receive a Sharks jersey, tickets to the April
4th Sharks vs. Kings game, a ride on the Zamboni, the chance to attend a
morning skate, meet his favorite players and get a behind-the-scenes locker
Erik also gets to drop the ceremonial first puck before the
Sharks final home game this season.
Nabokov named NHL Defensive
Player of the Week
Sharks goaltender Evgeni Nabokov was named NHL
Defensive Player of the Week for March 29, posting a 3-0-0 record, 1.64
goals-against average, .944 save percentage. Nabokov recorded a 5-2 victory
over Detroit on March 23 (37 saves, 1.80 GAA and .949 SV%), a 3-2 win vs.
Calgary (28 saves, 1.80 GAA and .933 SV%) on March 25 and a 2-1 overtime win
against Dallas on March 28 (20 saves, 0.96 GAA and .952 SV%).
improved his season record to 29-19-9 (along with eight shutouts) with a 2.23
goals-against average and .921 save percentage - tied for third in the league
with Toronto's Ed Belfour.
Damphousse nominated for
The Sharks also announced that center Vincent Damphousse
has been nominated for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy by the Bay Area
Chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association. The Masterton Trophy
is an annual award under the trusteeship of the PHWA presented to the "National
Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance,
sportsmanship and dedication to hockey."
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