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Training Camp picks up steam
Nabby returns, Roy signed and more
9/14/15 - By Mike Lee -

While you were trying to cool down from the week's crazy heat, the Sharks kicked things into gear with a number of items of note, starting with FanFest on Saturday. The team is poised to open training camp as they embark on their 25th season in San Jose.

Training Camp

Training camp has already started for a pool of Sharks prospects, but the big boys will report on Thursday for medical evaluations. Players will be broken into two groups on Friday, when first on-ice activities will begin. Most training camp practices will be open to the public, but space will be limited at Sharks Ice on 10th street in downtown San Jose.

A complete training camp schedule and rosters are available in our Training Camp Center.

The Sharks will open their pre-season game schedule on Monday the 21st when the team travels to face the Vancouver Canucks at Q Arena, as part of the Hockeyville series. They will square off against the Canucks 24 hours later at Rogers Arena.

The team will play their first home pre-season game on Friday the 21st, when the Arizona Coyotes travel to SAP Center.

Nabby Returns

The Sharks announced on Saturday that Evgeni Nabokov will serve as a goaltending development coach and special assignment scout for both the Sharks and the Barracuda this season.

Nabokov will work with all of the organization's goaltending prospects this season, serving in the same capacity that his mentor Warren Strelow served before passing away several years ago. Nabokov often credited Strelow with his success, and now has a chance to honor the late coach's legacy by leading the next generation of Sharks goaltenders.

"'Nabby's career speaks for itself and he is one of the most beloved players to ever play for our franchise," said Sharks GM Doug Wilson. He will be a tremendous asset to our young, developing goaltenders. I have great respect for him as a hockey person and as a man."

Roy Signed

San Jose bolstered the prospect pool by signing 2nd round draft pick Jeremy Roy to an entry-level contract on Saturday. Roy, 18, notched 43 points (5 goals, 38 assists) in 46 games with the Sherbrooke Phoenix of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) last season.

The 31st overall draft pick this past summer was limited to 46 games last season because of injury but he still ranked 10th amongst all QMJHL defensemen in points.

Heritage Jerseys Released

In celebration of the Sharks 25th season, the club released their Heritage Jersey, which pays homage to the team's past. The jersey utilizes the original shark crest which was worn from 1991 through 1998.

"After a lot of thought, we determined that we would combine elements from the past with elements of the present," said Terry Smith, the designer of the original Sharks logo and uniforms. "We decided to go back to the original stripping patterns used on the original sweaters as a way to honor the past. We opted to use the darker teal and other adjusted colors used on the uniforms today to connect with the present. We made some slight adjustments on the original crest and shoulder patches to update them slightly to make them cleaner, but the changes are subtle. You will have to look pretty hard to see the differences. We wanted to preserve the integrity of the original designs and patterns.

The Sharks released a video to introduce the sweater, which was officially unveiled on Saturday during FanFest.

Players Visit Oakland Ice

If you want to catch some prospects away from training camp, several will be the Oakland Ice Center today from 4 to 6pm. Players will participate in the end of the afternoon skating session, before conducting a hockey skills clinic with the Oakland Bears and the OIC hockey school, followed by an autograph session at 5:30pm.

Farm Radio

If you want to stay in touch with the Sharks development team the Barracuda from the friendly confines of your own home or car, you can catch the team on the radio this season on the AM dial. KDOW 1220 AM.

51 of the 68-game regular season schedule will be broadcast by KDOW. You can catch all 68 games via lie stream online at www.kdow.biz and through www.sjbarracuda.com.

Eric Lindquist will mark his ninth season behind the microphone for the San Jose Sharks AHL affiliate when radio coverage kicks off on Ocotber 3rd as the Barracuda travels to Bakersfield for the final preseason game for San Jose. In addition, San Jose Sharks alumni will periodically join the broadcast to provide color commentary.





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