San Jose Sharks: The 50 Greatest Players in Franchise History

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San Jose Sharks: The 50 Greatest Players in Franchise History
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It's hard to imagine that it's already been 20 years since professional hockey has returned to the San Francisco Bay Area. While pro hockey is no stranger to the citizens of Northern California, success and longevity has eluded the wonderful sport until the Sharks came along.

On May 9, 1990 the NHL granted approval for the Gund brothers to sell the Minnesota North stars in return for the rights of the expansion franchise we now know as the San Jose Sharks.

From the modest (and smelly) beginnings of the Cow Palace in Daly City to renovating and transforming the South Bay, the San Jose Sharks signify success from NHL expansion team standpoint.

In compiling this list, I've tried to answer the most difficult questions in regards to the Sharks players and their contributions to the franchise. 

Before you begin our top 50 countdown, please keep in mind that statistics are not the only measure by which these players have been selected.

Having said that however, there is no way to definitively answer or rank all of these players without stepping on some toes.

I have referenced many different sources of information for this compilation, including sjsharks.com, bladesofteal.com, and nhl.com.

I hope you enjoy this countdown as much as I enjoyed writing it. 

Go Sharks.

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