When you think rivalries in sports, what teams do you think about?
Red Sox/Yankees? Lakers/Celtics? Giants/Dodgers?
In the grand scheme of sports, hockey rivalries rarely get much love. However, the sport of hockey should promote the biggest rivalries if you think about it.
Players are able to ignite competitive frustration with their fists.
What other sport can say that without a hefty fine or suspension following it?
It is not to say that fighting and rivalries go together, although they sure stand in the same vicinity. The willingness and importance of beating that opposing team rises above and beyond when that one team takes the ice.
For the Sharks, there are several teams that feel that way.
We can talk about how divisional games or teams residing in the same area ignite rivalries, but the events that make a classic rivalry come in the playoffs. The competition level rises and rivalries are made.
Here are the Sharks top rivals in the NHL.