Queen Elizabeth II passed on Thursday, and the tributes have been flowing worldwide.
In the hockey world, everybody is remembering when the Queen dropped the puck on a pre-season Vancouver Canucks and San Jose Sharks game on Oct. 6, 2002 at GM Place.
Oct. 6, 2002 in Vancouver, BC: Queen Elizabeth II performs the ceremonial puck drop to a waiting Mike Ricci and Markus Naslund. #QueenElizabethII
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— Darin Stephens (@SharksStats) September 8, 2022
Here’s how Sharks acting captain Mike Ricci remembered it at the Mercury News.
Wayne Gretzky was there too, and the Daily Hive looks back at his memories.
It’s apparently never been confirmed, but it’s generally accepted that Sharks captain Owen Nolan skipped the game and puck drop for political reasons. Per the Vancouver Sun: “Since Nolan’s family hailed from Falls Road, the Catholic section of Belfast that was at the centre of the Troubles, he was firmly in the Republican camp and a staunch anti-monarchist.”
AT SAN JOSE HOCKEY NOW…
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The latest Sharks jersey design has been spotted in stores already!
Is Thomas Bordeleau ready for a full-time role in the NHL? Two observers tapped the brakes on that.
Are the Anaheim Ducks poised to top the Pacific Division, or at least near it? The Locked on Sharks podcast discusses the San Jose Sharks‘ bitter rival with JD Hernandez.
Next week’s Rookie Faceoff rosters have been released for all six teams attending. Who are some of the prospects to watch for the San Jose Sharks and other teams?
IN OTHER SHARKS NEWS…
A quick round-up of the offseason acquisitions the San Jose Sharks have made who are likely to suit up for the San Jose Barracuda.
Kevin Labanc has been skating at Sharks Ice for a while now. He said if the Sharks had a game tomorrow, he is ready/cleared to go.
— Corey Masisak (@cmasisak22) September 9, 2022
The moment you’ve been waiting for 🥁
Individual game tickets are on sale NOW!
— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) September 9, 2022
No, Erik Karlsson has not requested a trade. (NHL)
AROUND THE NHL…
The top-20 names likely to be in the running for the Calder Trophy via The Athletic — a couple San Jose Sharks prospects are mentioned.
Zach Aston-Reese signed a PTO with the Toronto Maple Leafs and Sportsnet thinks he has a good shot to make the team.
Sports Illustrated looks at three questions the Nashville Predators are facing this season.
Three more questions, but this time posed by The Hockey News for the Anaheim Ducks.
A look at Dallas Stars goaltender Jake Oettinger’s new mask via the Dallas Morning News.
Are the Pittsburgh Penguins headed into a rebuild?
Taking a look at Boston Bruins forward Charlie Coyle ahead of the season.
If the New York Islanders got a Stadium Series game, here are potential locations and opponents they could see.
The newest members of the Colorado Avalanche and who to watch for on their roster.
Here’s who the Florida Panthers are sending to the Prospect Showcase next week.
Vegas Golden Knights are waiting on RFA Nic Hague.
Owen Tippett is ready for his first full season with the Philadelphia Flyers.
Watch for Washington Capitals prospect Alexander Suzdalev this season.
The Detroit Red Wings are heading into the season with a plan to run with two goalies, not just put all of the workload on one guy.
Five bold predictions for the Vancouver Canucks season.
Carey Price takes to social media to post a heartfelt message to fans.
Newly signed with the Calgary Flames, Nazem Kadri donates $1M to Toronto surgical center.