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91-92SJSha
1991–92 San Jose Sharks · NHL
Division 6th Smythe
Conference 11th Clarence Campbell
1991–92 record 17–58–5
Home record 14–23–3
Road record 3–35–2
Goals for 219
Goals against 359
Coach George Kingston
Captain Doug Wilson
Arena Cow Palace
Team leaders
Goals Pat Falloon (25)
Assists Pat Falloon (34)
Points Pat Falloon (59)
Penalties in minutes Link Gaetz (326)
Wins Jeff Hackett (11)
Goals against average Jeff Hackett (3.84)

The 1991–92 San Jose Sharks season was the Sharks' inaugural season. They finished in sixth place in the Smythe Division with a record of 17 wins, 58 losses, and 5 ties for 39 points. Goaltender Jeff Hackett was named team MVP.

OffseasonEdit

Connection to MinnesotaEdit

The Gund family had been partners in the Oakland Seals franchise which was moved to Cleveland to become the NHL Cleveland Barons. This franchise was merged with the North Stars franchise and the Gunds became partners in the North Stars' franchise. The Gund family had long wanted to bring hockey back to the San Francisco Bay Area, and asked the NHL for permission to move the North Stars there in the late 1980s, but were vetoed by the league. Meanwhile, a group led by former Hartford Whalers owner Howard Baldwin was pushing the NHL to bring a team to San Jose, where a new arena was being built. Eventually a compromise was struck by the league, where the Gunds would sell their share of the North Stars to Baldwin's group, with the Gunds receiving an expansion team in the Bay Area to begin play in the 1991–92 NHL season.[1] In return, the North Stars would be allowed to participate as an equal partner in an expansion draft with the new Bay Area team. Neither team retains the history of the Seals/Barons franchise.

On May 5, 1990, the Gunds officially sold their share of the North Stars to Baldwin and were awarded a new team in the Bay Area, based in San Jose. Over 5000 potential names were submitted by mail for the new team. While the first-place finisher was "Blades," the Gunds were concerned about the name's negative connotations (weapons, etc) and went with the runner-up, "Sharks." The name was said to have been inspired by the large number of sharks living in the Pacific Ocean. Seven different varieties live there, and one area of water near the San Francisco Bay Area is known as the "Red Triangle" because of its shark population. The team's first marketing head, Matt Levine, said of the new name, "Sharks are relentless, determined, swift, agile, bright and fearless. We plan to build an organization that has all those qualities."[2]

DraftingEdit

On top of the normal expansion process, the Sharks participated in a draft to select players from the North Stars. The Sharks and Stars then participated in an expansion draft. Both teams selected in the NHL Entry Draft. The Sharks selected second-overall in the first round, and then first-overall in the following rounds. The Sharks selected Pat Falloon with their first pick, regarded widely as a draft bust.

Regular seasonEdit

The Sharks' inaugural season was one of the worst all-time in NHL history with only 17 wins.

Season standingsEdit

Smythe Division
GP W L T GF GA PTS
Vancouver Canucks 80 42 26 12 285 250 96
Los Angeles Kings 80 35 31 14 287 296 84
Edmonton Oilers 80 36 34 10 295 297 82
Winnipeg Jets 80 33 32 15 251 244 81
Calgary Flames 80 31 37 12 296 305 74
San Jose Sharks 80 17 58 5 219 359 39

Note: W = Wins, L = Losses, T = Ties, Pts = Points, GF= Goals For, GA = Goals Against

Game logEdit

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1LOctober 4, 19913–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1991–92) 0–1–0
2LOctober 5, 19912–5 Vancouver Canucks (1991–92) 0–2–0
3WOctober 8, 19914–3 Calgary Flames (1991–92) 1–2–0
4LOctober 10, 19914–5 Winnipeg Jets (1991–92) 1–3–0
5LOctober 12, 19913–6 @ St. Louis Blues (1991–92) 1–4–0
6LOctober 13, 19913–7 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1991–92) 1–5–0
7LOctober 16, 19915–8 @ Los Angeles Kings (1991–92) 1–6–0
8LOctober 17, 19912–8 Minnesota North Stars (1991–92) 1–7–0
9LOctober 19, 19911–4 Boston Bruins (1991–92) 1–8–0
10LOctober 23, 19910–3 @ Hartford Whalers (1991–92) 1–9–0
11LOctober 25, 19911–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1991–92) 1–10–0
12LOctober 26, 19910–9 @ New Jersey Devils (1991–92) 1–11–0
13LOctober 29, 19914–8 @ New York Islanders (1991–92) 1–12–0
14LOctober 31, 19912–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1991–92) 1–13–0
15LNovember 2, 19913–6 @ Quebec Nordiques (1991–92) 1–14–0
16LNovember 4, 19911–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1991–92) 1–15–0
17WNovember 8, 19916–2 Edmonton Oilers (1991–92) 2–15–0
18WNovember 9, 19914–3 New York Islanders (1991–92) 3–15–0
19LNovember 12, 19911–7 Buffalo Sabres (1991–92) 3–16–0
20TNovember 14, 19913–3 OT Detroit Red Wings (1991–92) 3–16–1
21LNovember 16, 19910–1 @ Vancouver Canucks (1991–92) 3–17–1
22LNovember 19, 19912–3 OT Los Angeles Kings (1991–92) 3–18–1
23LNovember 22, 19911–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1991–92) 3–19–1
24LNovember 23, 19914–6 @ Los Angeles Kings (1991–92) 3–20–1
25WNovember 26, 19914–1 Vancouver Canucks (1991–92) 4–20–1
26TNovember 29, 19914–4 OT @ Edmonton Oilers (1991–92) 4–20–2
27WNovember 30, 19912–1 @ Calgary Flames (1991–92) 5–20–2
28WDecember 3, 19913–2 OT Los Angeles Kings (1991–92) 6–20–2
29LDecember 5, 19910–8 Pittsburgh Penguins (1991–92) 6–21–2
30LDecember 8, 19911–3 @ Edmonton Oilers (1991–92) 6–22–2
31TDecember 10, 19913–3 OT Winnipeg Jets (1991–92) 6–22–3
32WDecember 12, 19916–3 Edmonton Oilers (1991–92) 7–22–3
33LDecember 14, 19912–3 Minnesota North Stars (1991–92) 7–23–3
34LDecember 16, 19913–4 OT @ New York Rangers (1991–92) 7–24–3
35LDecember 17, 19912–10 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1991–92) 7–25–3
36LDecember 19, 19910–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1991–92) 7–26–3
37WDecember 21, 19914–1 Quebec Nordiques (1991–92) 8–26–3
38LDecember 26, 19913–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1991–92) 8–27–3
39LDecember 28, 19912–3 Vancouver Canucks (1991–92) 8–28–3
40WJanuary 3, 19923–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1991–92) 9–28–3
41LJanuary 4, 19920–1 OT Montreal Canadiens (1991–92) 9–29–3
42LJanuary 7, 19921–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1991–92) 9–30–3
43LJanuary 8, 19923–10 @ Calgary Flames (1991–92) 9–31–3
44LJanuary 11, 19924–7 @ Minnesota North Stars (1991–92) 9–32–3
45WJanuary 12, 19924–3 @ Winnipeg Jets (1991–92) 10–32–3
46TJanuary 14, 19923–3 OT @ Los Angeles Kings (1991–92) 10–32–4
47LJanuary 21, 19922–9 @ Edmonton Oilers (1991–92) 10–33–4
48LJanuary 24, 19922–3 Calgary Flames (1991–92) 10–34–4
49WJanuary 25, 19925–2 Edmonton Oilers (1991–92) 11–34–4
50LJanuary 28, 19922–4 New York Rangers (1991–92) 11–35–4
51LJanuary 30, 19922–4 St. Louis Blues (1991–92) 11–36–4
52LFebruary 2, 19920–6 @ Winnipeg Jets (1991–92) 11–37–4
53WFebruary 4, 19926–5 Hartford Whalers (1991–92) 12–37–4
54WFebruary 5, 19925–2 Chicago Blackhawks (1991–92) 13–37–4
55LFebruary 9, 19922–6 @ Washington Capitals (1991–92) 13–38–4
56LFebruary 12, 19921–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1991–92) 13–39–4
57LFebruary 14, 19926–7 @ Buffalo Sabres (1991–92) 13–40–4
58LFebruary 15, 19921–11 @ Detroit Red Wings (1991–92) 13–41–4
59LFebruary 18, 19922–4 Washington Capitals (1991–92) 13–42–4
60LFebruary 21, 19923–5 Vancouver Canucks (1991–92) 13–43–4
61LFebruary 23, 19922–4 Calgary Flames (1991–92) 13–44–4
62WFebruary 26, 19927–4 Quebec Nordiques (1991–92) 14–44–4
63TFebruary 28, 19923–3 OT Montreal Canadiens (1991–92) 14–44–5
64LMarch 1, 19920–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1991–92) 14–45–5
65LMarch 4, 19923–4 Los Angeles Kings (1991–92) 14–46–5
66LMarch 6, 19923–7 Pittsburgh Penguins (1991–92) 14–47–5
67WMarch 8, 19924–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1991–92) 15–47–5
68LMarch 10, 19921–5 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1991–92) 15–48–5
69LMarch 11, 19920–3 @ Winnipeg Jets (1991–92) 15–49–5
70WMarch 14, 19923–2 New Jersey Devils (1991–92) 16–49–5
71LMarch 17, 19924–5 Detroit Red Wings (1991–92) 16–50–5
72LMarch 19, 19921–3 @ Calgary Flames (1991–92) 16–51–5
73WMarch 21, 19925–4 @ Hartford Whalers (1991–92) 17–51–5
74LMarch 23, 19926–7 @ Boston Bruins (1991–92) 17–52–5
75LMarch 24, 19923–4 @ New Jersey Devils (1991–92) 17–53–5
76LMarch 26, 19924–7 @ New York Islanders (1991–92) 17–54–5
77LMarch 29, 19925–6 @ Winnipeg Jets (1991–92) 17–55–5
78LApril 12, 19924–6 @ Edmonton Oilers (1991–92) 17–56–5
79LApril 15, 19923–4 Calgary Flames (1991–92) 17–57–5
80LApril 16, 19923–5 Winnipeg Jets (1991–92) 17–58–5

[3]

Player statsEdit

ForwardsEdit

Note: GP= Games played; G= Goals; AST= Assists; PTS = Points; PIM = Points

Player GP G AST PTS PIM
Pat Falloon 79 25 34 59 16
Brian Mullen 72 18 28 46 66
David Bruce 60 22 16 38 46
Brian Lawton 59 15 22 37 42
Kelly Kisio 48 11 26 37 54
Dean Evason 74 11 15 26 99
Wayne Presley 47 8 14 22 76
Perry Berezan 66 12 7 19 30
Mike Sullivan 64 8 11 19 15
Steve Bozek 58 8 8 16 27
Dale Craigwell 32 5 11 16 8
Pat MacLeod 37 5 11 16 4
Paul Fenton 60 11 4 15 33
Ken Hammond 46 5 10 15 82
Perry Anderson 48 4 8 12 143
Tony Hrkac 22 2 10 12 4
Jeff Odgers 61 7 4 11 217
Johan Garpenlov 12 5 6 11 4
Don Barber 12 1 3 4 2
J.F. Quintin 8 3 0 3 0
Ray Whitney 2 0 3 3 0
Craig Coxe 10 2 0 2 19
Mike McHugh 8 1 0 1 14
Mark Pavelich 2 0 1 1 4
Kevin Evans 5 0 1 1 25
Dave Snuggerud 11 0 1 1 4
Mikhail Kravets 1 0 0 0 0
Peter Lappin 1 0 0 0 0
John Carter 4 0 0 0 0
Ed Courtenay 4 0 0 0 0

DefencemenEdit

Note: GP= Games played; G= Goals; AST= Assists; PTS = Points; PIM = Points

Player GP G AST PTS PIM
Doug Wilson 44 9 19 28 26
David Williams 56 3 25 28 40
Neil Wilkinson 60 4 15 19 107
Jayson More 46 4 13 17 85
Link Gaetz 48 6 6 12 326
Rob Zettler 74 1 8 9 99
Bob McGill 62 3 1 4 70
Rick Lessard 8 0 2 2 16
Mike Colman 15 0 1 1 32
Claudio Scremin 13 0 0 0 25

GoaltendingEdit

Note: GP= Games played; W= Wins; L= Losses; T = Ties; SO = Shutouts; GAA = Goals Against

Player GP MIN W L T SO GAA
Wade Flaherty 3 645 0 3 0 0 4.38
Jeff Hackett 42 2314 11 27 1 0 3.84
Brian Hayward 7 305 1 4 0 0 4.92
Arturs Irbe 13 645 2 6 3 0 4.47
Jarmo Myllys 27 1374 3 18 1 0 5.02

TransactionsEdit

Trade Deadline TransactionsEdit

Traded Acquired Acquired From
Murray Garbutt Don Barber Quebec Nordiques
Wayne Presley Dave Snuggerud Buffalo Sabres
Ken Hammond 1992 8th round draft pick (VAN) Vancouver Canucks
Bob McGill, 1992 8th round draft pick (VAN) Johan Garpenlöv Detroit Red Wings

Draft picksEdit

NHL Entry DraftEdit

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 2 Pat Falloon Right Wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
2 23 Ray Whitney Left Wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
2 30 Sandis Ozolinsh Defense Flag of Latvia Latvia Dynamo Riga (Russia)
3 45 Dody Wood Left Wing Flag of Canada.svg Canada Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
4 67 Kerry Toporowski Defense Flag of Canada.svg Canada Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
5 89 Dan Ryder Goalie Flag of Canada.svg Canada Sudbury Wolves (OHL)
6 111 Fredrik Nilsson Left Wing Flag of Sweden Sweden Vasteras IK (SEL)
7 133 Jaroslav Otevrel Left Wing Flag of Czechoslovakia Czechoslovakia Zlin ZPS AC (Czech)
8 155 Dean Grillo Center Flag of the United States United States Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)
9 177 Corwin Saurdiff Goalie Flag of the United States United States Waterloo Black Hawks (USHL)
10 199 Dale Craigwell Center Flag of Canada.svg Canada Oshawa Generals (OHL)
11 221 Aaron Kriss Defense Flag of the United States United States UMass-Lowell (NCAA)
12 243 Mikhail Kravets Right Wing Flag of Russia Russia Leningrad SKA (Russia)

NHL Supplemental DraftEdit

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 7 Mark Beaufait Center Flag of the United States United States Northern Michigan University (NCAA)

Dispersal Draft ResultsEdit

The Sharks selected 24 players from the North Stars.

# Player
1. Shane Churla (RW)
2. Brian Hayward (G)
3. Neil Wilkinson (D)
4. Rob Zettler (D)
5. Ed Courtenay (RW)
6. Kevin Evans (LW)
7. Link Gaetz (D)
8. Dan Keczmer (D)
9. Dean Kolstad (D)
10. Peter Lappin (RW)
11. Pat MacLeod (D)
12. Mike McHugh (LW)
13. Jarmo Myllys (G)
14. Jean-Francois Quintin (LW)
15. Scott Cashman (G)
16. Murray Garbutt (C)
17. Rob Gaudreau (RW)
18. Arturs Irbe (G)
19. Shaun Kane (D)
20. Larry Olimb (D)
21. Tom Pederson (D)
22. Bryan Schoen (G)
23. John Weisbrod (C)
24. Doug Zmolek (D)

Expansion Draft ResultsEdit

# Player Drafted From
1. Jeff Hackett (G) New York Islanders
3. Jayson More (D) Montreal Canadiens
5. Rick Lessard (D) Calgary Flames
7. Bob McGill (D) Chicago Blackhawks
9. Tim Kerr (F) Philadelphia Flyers
11. Jeff Madill (RW) New Jersey Devils
13. David Bruce (LW) St. Louis Blues
15. Greg Paslawski (RW) Buffalo Sabres
17. Bengt Gustafsson (F) Detroit Red Wings
19. Craig Coxe (C) Vancouver Canucks

ReferencesEdit

  1. Cameron, Steve (1994). Feeding Frenzy! The Wild New World of the San Jose Sharks. Taylor Publishing Co., 29–38. 
  2. Gilmore, Tom. "Sharks Are Coming -- NHL Team Named", The San Francisco Chronicle, The Chronicle Publishing Co., 1990-09-07, p. D1. Retrieved on 2007-04-21. 
  3. 1991–92 San Jose Sharks Games. Hockey-reference.com. Retrieved on 2009-06-04.

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