Hey look, my first article as a Pucknology.net contributor. I have two reasons for this article. First, I wanted to give a quick background on myself. Secondly, I needed to make a test post to see how this works. 😉
I went to my first Sharks game at the Cow Palace during their first season. I’ll be the first to admit, I did not become infected with Sharks fever at that game. While I had a good time and enjoyed my first live hockey game, the confines of the dump known as the “Cow Palace” ruined it for me. However, I still followed the team on TV, but became infected during the summer of 1993.
Downtown San Jose was having an annual festival and what was then known as the San Jose Arena was having an open house during the event. This was the first time the arena had been opened to the public. I toured every part that was open and took a first row seat in the upper deck of section 203 and I was hooked. While I’ve always rooted for the SF teams, I’ve always been a South Bay kid and now I finally had a team I could call my own. The following spring, teal fever took over San Jose as the Sharks knocked off the Red Wings in their first ever playoff series and I’ve never looked back.
While I have great memories of several games, between Ricci’s hat trick during fan appreciation night, the playoff series where Pronger became known as “big whiney defenseman”, and several tweet-ups over the last 24 seasons, I look forward to the 25th season and many more after, always looking for the elusive first Stanley Cup to ride down Santa Clara St.