San Jose Sharks
The San Jose Sharks were established in 1991 as an expansion team from the NHL. They have been there ever since, and continue forward with a strong fanbase and a long history of success, having made the playoffs 14 out of the last 15 seasons.
Notable players: Patrick Marleau, Joe Thornton and Owen Nolan, Jeremy Roenick, Dany Heatley, and Brent Burns.
Founding Date: 1991
City: San Jose, CA
Number of Stanley Cups: 0
Mascot: SJ Sharkie
Owner: San Jose Sports and Entertainment Enterprises
Head Coach: Peter DeBoer
Stadium: SAP Center
The San Jose Sharks were founded in 1991, becoming the first major professional sports team from the city of San Jose. The Sharks had a rough start to their existence, finishing last in their division during their first 2 seasons. However, during their third season, they made the playoffs and upset the number 1 seed Red Wings. This was a huge upset, and the first real success the Sharks ever had. After a few years, the Sharks drafted Patrick Marleau with the second overall pick in the 1997 draft, who would become a franchise player. He led the team to multiple conference finals and even a Stanley Cup Final appearance late in his career.
The Sharks have never won the Cup, but have been oh so close many times over the past couple decades. There have been many moments Sharks fans would like to forget, like getting swept in back to back Western Conference Finals, or blowing a 3-0 lead to the LA Kings. However, the Sharks have been about as successful as you can be without actually winning the Cup, making the playoffs 14 out of the last 15 years and winning many playoff series throughout that time.
The Sharks have made some franchise altering trades acquiring big name players over the years. This includes Owen Nolan, Dany Heatley, Brent Burns, Erik Karlsson, and most importantly, Jumbo Joe Thornton. When San Jose traded for him in 2005, they had no idea what they were getting. The future hall of famer would go on to change the direction of the franchise, leading them to prolonged success all throughout the late 2000's and early 10's. Jumbo Joe symbolizes the entire city of San Jose, and it all stemmed from that one trade almost 15 years ago.
The Sharks are in an interesting place. With veterans still leading the charge, San Jose has a few up and coming players ready to take the reins and lead them into a new era. The 20 years of Thornton and Marleau is coming to an end, but guys like Logan Couture, Timo Meier, Tomas Hertl, and Erik Karlsson can usher in a new era of Sharks success. As long as the depth players continue to develop, the Sharks are in an excellent place to compete for years to come.