The origins of the San Jose Sharks can be traced back to the 1967 NHL expansion. The San Francisco Seals, a WHL minor league team, was purchased by a new owner who moved them from the Cow Palace to the Oakland Area and renamed them the California Seals. Over the next 7 years, they had four different owners, eight different coaches, and two other names (Oakland Seals, California Golden Seals). In 1976, the Seals relocated to Cleveland, Ohio and became the Cleveland Barons. Unfortunately, they only lasted two seasons in Cleveland, merging with the Minnesota North Stars in 1978.
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