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Sharks host Teal & White Game
Plenty to unveil at special scrimmage
9/17/07 - By Mike Lee

Joe Thornton
The Sharks held their annual Teal & White Game for season ticket holders on Monday night, unveiling the team's new uniform and stadium enhancements, which include a new high definition scoreboard, and scoreboard ring which circles the entire rim of the upper bowl. Having players on the ice officially kicked off the 2007-08 season for fans, who have been waiting for hockey to return to the Bay Area since last spring's tough exit from the playoffs.

The regulars, Thornton, Marleau, Cheechoo, McLaren, Grier and Nabokov, all received rousing cheers from the approximately 3,000 fans in attendance. Thornton earned extra points when he called San Jose his home during an interview with television color man Randy Hahn.

Marc-Edouard Vlasic also received one of the louder ovations during the night after being introduced to the eager San Jose faithful. The rookie defenseman cracked the Sharks lineup last season after an impressive training camp. Something many of the prospects still in camp dream of doing this year.

Teal Team
Of those, 2007 1st round draft pick Logan Couture and 2005 1st round pick Devin Setoguchi looked like they were there not only to show the fans what they're made of, but also to impress the coaching staff. Couture looked comfortable out on the ice and flashed some of his speed in his first two shifts on the ice.

Fans got to see the Sharks new uniforms, which were highlighted by the new crest that was unveiled this past summer. The new Reebok uniform system is designed to retain less water, thereby making them lighter than their predecessors. The uniforms incorporate orange into the color scheme, which is a big change from the darker jerseys San Jose wore last season.

The New Scoreboard
The Tank also got a facelift this summer, with upgrades to the sound system and a new scoreboard that has more display area than the old version. Three rings border the scoreboard on top & bottom, providing the Sharks with more opportunities to hit fans with advertising during games.

The upper bowl also features a video ring which can be used to present in game information, but also throws an advertisement or 30 at those in attendance.

The event itself, marketed as an opportunity to thank season ticket holders and suite holders is a nice perk, although the organization of this year's event was little off kilter. The Sharks ran out of hats that were given out at the door early, and autograph lines were all cut short, even though some fans waited over an hour for an autograph.

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