Sharks History 1994-2003

For the first two seasons the San Jose Sharks played their home games in San Francisco at the Cow Palace. In the 1993-94 season the San Jose Sharks moved to the San Jose Arena, their new home in San Jose.  Also the well-known mascot S.J Sharkie was introduced to the public. In their first season at their new arena they had an amazing turnaround from the previous season and ended with 82 points and made the playoffs. It was an NHL record 58 point jump from the previous season

The 1995 season saw the only rainout in NHL history when the Guadalupe River flooded making it impossible for fans to get into the San Jose Arena. The Sharks would finish last in the Pacific Division and failed to make the playoffs for two consecutive seasons which forced major changes.  San Jose’s luck changed in the 1999–2000 season, when the Sharks finished with their first-ever winning record. The team’s breakout year was 2001–02 the Sharks won their first Pacific Division title.

In 2003 under new General Manager Doug Wilson and Head Coach Ron Wilson the team had its best season at this point. They posted the third best record in the NHL with 104 points, first time the team hit the 100 point mark and  won the Pacific Division championship. They made it to the conference finals for the first time only to fall to the Calgary Flames coached by former head coach Darryl Sutter.

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