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San Jose Sharks officially relocate first two home games to Arizona

Published January 23, 2021 by San Jose Mercury News

NHL: Because of Santa Clara County’s ongoing ban on indoor or outdoor contact sports, San Jose Sharks are relocating first two scheduled home games from SAP Center to Gila River Arena in Glendale, Arizona.

“In our discussions with County officials over the past several months, we have shared our detailed return-to-play plans and are hopeful that we can find practical solutions to this difficult situation very soon,” Becher’s statement said.

It is unclear if the contact sports ban will be lifted by the county if and when the regional stay-at-home order is no longer in effect. A Santa Clara spokesperson said the county could not provide any additional information.

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Sharks to Play Feb. 1 and Feb. 3 Games in Arizona

Published January 23, 2021 by San Jose Sharks

The San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) announced today that, due to the ban on contact sports that remains in place in Santa Clara County, the team will be forced to play their first two scheduled “home games” in Glendale, AZ.

“We feel that we have put significant precautions in place, including daily COVID-19 testing of the athletes and support staff, to allow for us to safely return to play games at SAP Center, while not exposing the community to any additional health risk,” said Sharks President Jonathan Becher. “In our discussions with County officials over the past several months, we have shared our detailed return-to-play plans and are hopeful that we can find practical solutions to this difficult situation very soon.”

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The San Jose Sharks’ Unique Home Game Situation

Published January 22, 2021 by The Hockey News

With COVID-19 preventing the Sharks from playing in San Jose for the time being, team president Jonathan Becher chats about the home – or lack thereof– for the team in 2021.

Watch the video here.

Sharks Announce Teal for Change Council

Published January 13, 2021 by San Jose Sharks

 Sharks Sports & Entertainment (SSE), the parent company of the San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks), San Jose Barracuda (@sjbarracuda) and SAP Center at San Jose (@SAPCenter), today proudly and formally announced the Teal For Change Council to expand our support of diversity, equity, inclusion, and social justice.

“Sharks Sports & Entertainment’s mantra is ‘Teal Together’ which focuses on belonging,” said Sharks President Jonathan Becher (@JBecher). “While we have made progress in integrating the Teal Together mindset throughout our company and being more inclusive in each of our initiatives, we have more work to do.

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New health restrictions could throw a wrench into Sharks’ preparations

The APublished November 30, 2020 by The Athletic

Still, the organization is seeking contingency options for training camp, particularly if the restrictions extend beyond the current expiration date of Dec. 21. Further, many players are already in town and have been skating in small groups approximately three times a week at the team’s training facility in downtown San Jose.

On Nov. 20, Sharks president Jonathan Becher was asked if the team has explored holding training camp outside of Santa Clara County.

“That would be a last resort for us,” he said. “But if the season is going to start in January and we can’t train here, we could have to train someplace else. That is the backup plan.”

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What the Sharks have been doing during the pandemic (and it’s not playing hockey)

Published November 23, 2020 by Silicon Valley Business Journal

While they wait for the next hockey season to begin — whenever that is — the San Jose Sharks have given their season ticket holders a break on renewals, kept up their payments on the SAP Center and done some work fixing up the place even though they haven’t played a game or put on an event in the arena for eight months because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Luckily, we have Hasso as an owner, who is focused on the long term and not on the short term,” team president Jonathan Becher said Friday of Sharks owner and SAP co-founder Hasso Plattner.

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Sharks say they may need to leave San Jose for training camp

Published November 21, 2020 by The Mercury News

San Jose Shark president Jonathan Becher said the team will need to hold training camp outside of Santa Clara County if local health officials  do not allow players to skate in large groups at Solar4America Ice in San Jose.

“We do not yet have permission to do that,” Becher said. “We’re hoping to hear back from the county next week in order to open that up, which then would allow scrimmages and practices to start in early December.”

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San Jose Sharks say Google project may force team out of SAP Center

Published November 12, 2020 by San Francisco Chronicle

The San Jose Sharks said Google’s massive real estate project and other developments near the SAP Center may force the team out of the arena, citing concerns over the removal of parking and construction disruptions for fans.

“We’re all for the development,” said Becher in an interview. “Let’s not suffocate the area while this is happening. We need it to be more well thought out.”

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