This Day In Sports History (October 3rd) — Pele
This Day In Sports History (October 4th) — San Jose Sharks
It was on this day in 1991 that the San Jose Sharks played their first regular season game in franchise history. The Sharks lost to the Vancouver Canucks 4-3 in a game played at Vancouver’s Pacific Coliseum.
Like many expansion teams before them, the San Jose Sharks’ inaugural season was one to forget. They finished dead last in a number of statistical categories including wins, points, goals for and goals allowed. The lone bright spot for the Sharks was their first pick (second overall) in the draft, right winger Pat Falloon. Although considered by many as a bust, Falloon did enjoy a pretty good rookie season, tallying 25 goals, and 34 assists for 59 points.
In recent seasons, the San Jose Sharks have been one of the better regular season teams in the NHL, but have earned the title of choke artists when it comes to playoff hockey.
Here are some highlights from the Sharks over the years.
Kurt Thomas, NBA – Born October 4th 1972 (age 41) in Dallas, Texas
Justin Williams, NHL – Born October 4th 1981 (age 32) in Cobourg, Ontario
Jered Weaver, MLB – Born October 4th 1982 (age 31) in Northridge, California