First Season Blog

Some stories and news that take a look back at some interesting events from the San Jose Shark’s first season.

A few Ticket Stubs from the first year…

Here’s a few stubs from the first year… if you like this sort of thing, there’s about 5100 more found at www.TicketStubCollection.com including several from Sharks’ road games, playoffs, etc.

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Uniform and Logo Unveiling – February 12, 1991 (Part 2)

Logo Style Sheet

Here’s some more cool stuff from the Logo Unveiling. 1st, the logo style sheet for secondary uses. Then in the gallery we have ads for Vallco (how dated is that look?) and others, notably the artists responsible for the typeface and logo. Gordie Howe was there to put his stamp of approval on things, so he got to place a one-sheeter. I wonder if that wine is ready…

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Uniform and Logo Unveiling – February 12, 1991 (Part 1)

1991 February-2

At the press conference unveiling the San Jose Sharks uniform sets and logo versions, this press kit was handed out. Amazing detail… Here is the two page press release from that day: Below is the style sheet from the NHL guide, but they only included the page with the Sharks Pantone colors….    

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Opening Night in San Jose

firststub

Ah, opening night. So much to enjoy from that night. Almost like a coming out party for San Jose, even though it took place 45 miles to the north in a barn. I remember that crazy laser show beforehand seemed so advanced. And the marching band style trumpeters. But really, these three items say “I was there” (literally and figuratively) more than anything else.                         As cool as this …

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Finally: Opening Night against the Canucks in Vancouver

1991 Oct.-2

At last, after all the planning, drafting, roster cuts and marketing plans, the San Jose Sharks take the ice for their first ever game. Here are some items from that night in Vancouver…                                

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A couple of random – yet oh so neato – housekeeping press releases.

1991 March

When working in San Jose at the newspaper, I worked every angle for oddball Sharks stuff. To wit:                                    

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February 1990 – The First Season Ticket Brochure… Awesome!

Inside Cover

This is probably my favorite piece. Probably not all that rare, but the content was wide ranging, the materials varied, and the design was phenomenal. The promotion of the games’ stars was very appealing and I always wished the Sharks utilized more of that in the early going. I mean, how much cooler would the 1st year season tickets have been if they featured photos opposing players? Or at least the logos of the visiting teams? The elements in this …

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A letter from Randy Hahn…March 1989

1989 Letter to new members of NHL Hockey San Jose

In March of 1989 I sent in for information about the group. You know, I have no idea why I didn’t call him.

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In the Beginning…there was NHL Hockey San Jose

1988 Press Release NHL Hockey San Jose

This is the, for now, the earliest document I have relating to the launch of the Sharks. NHL San Jose rallied community leaders, including then mayor Tom McInery and a “live tele-conference call with Kings owner Bruce McNall.” I think that was the current way of saying “speaker phone” but I could be wrong….

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A look back at the launch of the San Jose Sharks…

NHL Hockey San Jose

After years of holding onto a cache of unusual San Jose Sharks memorabilia, I decided to finally organize it into a blog. While the site will also run news items from the Sharks, its primary purpose it to share with Sharks fans – and to a degree, sports marketing aficionados, a treasure trove of unique items from the launch of the San Jose’s first major sports franchise. Here’s a sneak preview…                   …

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