They aren’t losers anymore. The San Jose Sharks no longer have to bear the weight and burden of the struggles in years past. In their 25th year, they are finally going to the Stanley Cup Final.
You can take a look back at how this team had the President’s Trophy but didn’t win the championship. Or even the time where they were underachieving every time they were predicted to win it all. Or even the sour taste from two years ago when they blew a 3-0 series lead to the rival Los Angeles Kings.
And in a year when they weren’t even considered a favorite with a new head coach, they now have a great chance of winning the Stanley Cup.
Since 2011, the San Jose Sharks have worn their black jerseys for all their playoff home games. A change was in the works to go back to teal last season but they missed the playoffs. Now that the Sharks are back in the playoffs, it was confirmed by the team that teal is back. All teams must designate one home set and one away set for the playoffs.
This is a big deal for the Sharks as they are the only team in the league with teal as the primary color. Adding to the fact that the other two California teams wear black as their primary, some separation from that would be great.
The teal is a great color for the Sharks and they need to embrace that identity. It may not mean anything in terms of on-ice success, but they will at least look good.
I think the All-Star Game fan voting across all sports should be eliminated. It serves no great purpose and players who don’t deserve to go to the game are taking away votes that should be going to players who should have a spot on the roster.
But with that said, since fan voting still exists, I am glad that the outcome of the John Scott fiasco turned out the way it did.
Scott did everything right leading up to the weekend. He tried to not get involved in the voting craziness that happened but when it was obvious that he was going to the game, he embraced it. Unfortunately the NHL tried to stop all of this but the fan demand was too high.
This was the only way it could be. The NHL faced a disastrous PR nightmare with the John Scott thing. There had already been rumbling that the league asked him to decline the All-Star Game invitation despite the fans voting him in as captain. Then the trade to Montreal really made it seem like the NHL was going to let that trade make Scott ineligible.
Fortunately, the NHL did the right thing. I don’t know if they did it because they felt that it was the right thing to do or they did it because they wanted to avoid any backlash if they left Scott off the roster.
Either way, what we have is the NHL admitting that the game itself doesn’t matter. If the fan vote doesn’t have any value, then what’s the point of this game? It’s already a game that people don’t really watch and the NHL can’t afford to lose the one thing the fans care about.
The NHL did the right thing only because they had no other choice.
I didn’t dig the highlighter unis they did last year. But this year in Nashville, their homage to music is nice.
The black and white theme goes with the piano keyboard. The three stars on the collar work as the homage to Tennessee. I wish there was some blue to it but overall it’s not an overly exciting look. In fact, it’s kind of plain.
And plain is good. With the NHL going to a new format this year, the last thing they need to do is have some kind of gimmicky look to it. Keep it simple and let the game speak for itself. I’m fine with this look. No need to attract attention to the game for the wrong reasons.
For a one-time deal, this wasn’t too bad.
As the 2015 calendar year comes to an end, I’ve put together my annual list of the best and worst dressed teams in sports.
This is a list of strictly my opinion, so feel free to agree or disagree or just take it for what it is.
To qualify for this list, the uniform element must be a new set that debuted and was used for in-game action in 2015. That’s pretty much it. Let’s go take a look at the list for National Hockey League.
THE REST OF THE BEST AND WORST OF 2015 IS LINKED HERE
** I hope I didn’t miss anything.
The Sharks’ inaugural uniform set was really good. In fact, it was so good I kind of wish they were around. Well, it looks like they could be coming back according to this leak.
Aside from the collar with the league logo, it looks nearly exactly like what they wore back then.
As the Sharks are celebrating their 25th year in the league, something like this makes sense and it works out real well. Good job, Sharks.