The San Jose Sharks will kick off their 25th anniversary as a franchise by hosting their second annual Fan Fest on Saturday, Sept. 12 at SAP Center. The festival will run from 12 p.m. to 7:30 p.m., concluding with a team of San Jose Sharks rookies squaring off against a team of rookies from the Anaheim Ducks at 5 p.m.
Current San Jose Sharks players will be on hand as well, and the list is quite extensive. Here are the list of Sharks players that are expected to attend this Saturday: Alex Stalock, Barclay Goodrow, Ben Smith, Brenden Dillon, Brent Burns, Bryan Lerg, Chris Tierney, Dylan DeMelo, Frazer McLaren, Joe Pavelski, Joe Thornton, Joel Ward, John McCarthy, Justin Braun, Karl Stollery, Logan Couture, Martin Jones, Matt Nieto, Matt Tennyson, Melker Karlsson, Michael Haley, Mike Brown, Mirco Mueller, Patrick Marleau, Paul Martin, Raffi Torres, Tomas Hertl, Tommy Wingels and Troy Grosenick.
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Obviously, there are a few names who won’t be in attendance, but this will give Sharks fans their first opportunity to meet newcomers such as Jones, Martin and Ward who are all expected to be big contributors in San Jose this year.
Highlights of the Fan Fest include photos with the famous Sharks head, current player and alumni photos and autographs, along with an entire Tank Tailgate section outside (separate $50 ticket). There will be a main stage area that will serve as a centerpiece for the event where San Jose Sharks broadcasters will speak with current and former players about the outlook for the 2015-16 season.
The Sharks and Ducks will play a two game mini-series over the weekend, beginning on Saturday. All fans with a Fan Fest ticket will have access to the game which is general seating and admission. While the list of Sharks rookies participating has yet to be finalized or revealed, there should be some intriguing names who Sharks fans will get a look at. Expect 2015 first-round pick Timo Meier to be in attendance along with 2014 draft picks in Julius Bergman and Rourke Chartier.
This will present the organization and players a unique opportunity to test themselves against rookies from one of their main rivals, while giving fans of the Sharks an up-close look at some players who will be playing in San Jose this year, whether with the Sharks or the San Jose Barracuda.
Tickets for Fan Fest are just five dollars and all proceeds will benefit the Sharks Foundation. With Fan Fest just around the corner, San Jose Sharks hockey will be back in no time.