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1991–92 San Jose Sharks · NHL
Division 6th Smythe
Conference 11th Campbell
1991–92 record 17–58–5
Home record 14–23–3
Road record 3–35–2
Goals for 219
Goals against 359
General Manager Jack Ferreira
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)
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- 1992–93

The 1991–92 San Jose Sharks season was the Sharks' inaugural season. They finished 6th in the Smythe Division and did not qualify for the playoffs.

Off-season[edit | edit source]

Connection to Minnesota[edit | edit source]

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]

Drafting[edit | edit source]

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 Season[edit | edit source]

The Sharks' inaugural season was one of the worst all-time in NHL history with only 17 wins. Goaltender Jeff Hackett was named team MVP.

Final Standings[edit | edit source]

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, GF = Goals For, GA = Goals Against, Pts = Points
Teams that qualified for the playoffs are highlighted in bold.


Game Log[edit | edit source]

No. R Date Score Opponent Record
1 L October 4, 1991 3–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1991–92) 0–1–0
2 L October 5, 1991 2–5 Vancouver Canucks (1991–92) 0–2–0
3 W October 8, 1991 4–3 Calgary Flames (1991–92) 1–2–0
4 L October 10, 1991 4–5 Winnipeg Jets (1991–92) 1–3–0
5 L October 12, 1991 3–6 @ St. Louis Blues (1991–92) 1–4–0
6 L October 13, 1991 3–7 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1991–92) 1–5–0
7 L October 16, 1991 5–8 @ Los Angeles Kings (1991–92) 1–6–0
8 L October 17, 1991 2–8 Minnesota North Stars (1991–92) 1–7–0
9 L October 19, 1991 1–4 Boston Bruins (1991–92) 1–8–0
10 L October 23, 1991 0–3 @ Hartford Whalers (1991–92) 1–9–0
11 L October 25, 1991 1–3 @ Buffalo Sabres (1991–92) 1–10–0
12 L October 26, 1991 0–9 @ New Jersey Devils (1991–92) 1–11–0
13 L October 29, 1991 4–8 @ New York Islanders (1991–92) 1–12–0
14 L October 31, 1991 2–5 @ Philadelphia Flyers (1991–92) 1–13–0
15 L November 2, 1991 3–6 @ Quebec Nordiques (1991–92) 1–14–0
16 L November 4, 1991 1–4 @ Toronto Maple Leafs (1991–92) 1–15–0
17 W November 8, 1991 6–2 Edmonton Oilers (1991–92) 2–15–0
18 W November 9, 1991 4–3 New York Islanders (1991–92) 3–15–0
19 L November 12, 1991 1–7 Buffalo Sabres (1991–92) 3–16–0
20 T November 14, 1991 3–3 OT Detroit Red Wings (1991–92) 3–16–1
21 L November 16, 1991 0–1 @ Vancouver Canucks (1991–92) 3–17–1
22 L November 19, 1991 2–3 OT Los Angeles Kings (1991–92) 3–18–1
23 L November 22, 1991 1–3 Toronto Maple Leafs (1991–92) 3–19–1
24 L November 23, 1991 4–6 @ Los Angeles Kings (1991–92) 3–20–1
25 W November 26, 1991 4–1 Vancouver Canucks (1991–92) 4–20–1
26 T November 29, 1991 4–4 OT @ Edmonton Oilers (1991–92) 4–20–2
27 W November 30, 1991 2–1 @ Calgary Flames (1991–92) 5–20–2
28 W December 3, 1991 3–2 OT Los Angeles Kings (1991–92) 6–20–2
29 L December 5, 1991 0–8 Pittsburgh Penguins (1991–92) 6–21–2
30 L December 8, 1991 1–3 @ Edmonton Oilers (1991–92) 6–22–2
31 T December 10, 1991 3–3 OT Winnipeg Jets (1991–92) 6–22–3
32 W December 12, 1991 6–3 Edmonton Oilers (1991–92) 7–22–3
33 L December 14, 1991 2–3 Minnesota North Stars (1991–92) 7–23–3
34 L December 16, 1991 3–4 OT @ New York Rangers (1991–92) 7–24–3
35 L December 17, 1991 2–10 @ Pittsburgh Penguins (1991–92) 7–25–3
36 L December 19, 1991 0–4 @ St. Louis Blues (1991–92) 7–26–3
37 W December 21, 1991 4–1 Quebec Nordiques (1991–92) 8–26–3
38 L December 26, 1991 3–5 @ Los Angeles Kings (1991–92) 8–27–3
39 L December 28, 1991 2–3 Vancouver Canucks (1991–92) 8–28–3
40 W January 3, 1992 3–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1991–92) 9–28–3
41 L January 4, 1992 0–1 OT Montreal Canadiens (1991–92) 9–29–3
42 L January 7, 1992 1–4 @ Vancouver Canucks (1991–92) 9–30–3
43 L January 8, 1992 3–10 @ Calgary Flames (1991–92) 9–31–3
44 L January 11, 1992 4–7 @ Minnesota North Stars (1991–92) 9–32–3
45 W January 12, 1992 4–3 @ Winnipeg Jets (1991–92) 10–32–3
46 T January 14, 1992 3–3 OT @ Los Angeles Kings (1991–92) 10–32–4
47 L January 21, 1992 2–9 @ Edmonton Oilers (1991–92) 10–33–4
48 L January 24, 1992 2–3 Calgary Flames (1991–92) 10–34–4
49 W January 25, 1992 5–2 Edmonton Oilers (1991–92) 11–34–4
50 L January 28, 1992 2–4 New York Rangers (1991–92) 11–35–4
51 L January 30, 1992 2–4 St. Louis Blues (1991–92) 11–36–4
52 L February 2, 1992 0–6 @ Winnipeg Jets (1991–92) 11–37–4
53 W February 4, 1992 6–5 Hartford Whalers (1991–92) 12–37–4
54 W February 5, 1992 5–2 Chicago Blackhawks (1991–92) 13–37–4
55 L February 9, 1992 2–6 @ Washington Capitals (1991–92) 13–38–4
56 L February 12, 1992 1–6 @ Montreal Canadiens (1991–92) 13–39–4
57 L February 14, 1992 6–7 @ Buffalo Sabres (1991–92) 13–40–4
58 L February 15, 1992 1–11 @ Detroit Red Wings (1991–92) 13–41–4
59 L February 18, 1992 2–4 Washington Capitals (1991–92) 13–42–4
60 L February 21, 1992 3–5 Vancouver Canucks (1991–92) 13–43–4
61 L February 23, 1992 2–4 Calgary Flames (1991–92) 13–44–4
62 W February 26, 1992 7–4 Quebec Nordiques (1991–92) 14–44–4
63 T February 28, 1992 3–3 OT Montreal Canadiens (1991–92) 14–44–5
64 L March 1, 1992 0–1 Philadelphia Flyers (1991–92) 14–45–5
65 L March 4, 1992 3–4 Los Angeles Kings (1991–92) 14–46–5
66 L March 6, 1992 3–7 Pittsburgh Penguins (1991–92) 14–47–5
67 W March 8, 1992 4–1 Toronto Maple Leafs (1991–92) 15–47–5
68 L March 10, 1992 1–5 @ Chicago Blackhawks (1991–92) 15–48–5
69 L March 11, 1992 0–3 @ Winnipeg Jets (1991–92) 15–49–5
70 W March 14, 1992 3–2 New Jersey Devils (1991–92) 16–49–5
71 L March 17, 1992 4–5 Detroit Red Wings (1991–92) 16–50–5
72 L March 19, 1992 1–3 @ Calgary Flames (1991–92) 16–51–5
73 W March 21, 1992 5–4 @ Hartford Whalers (1991–92) 17–51–5
74 L March 23, 1992 6–7 @ Boston Bruins (1991–92) 17–52–5
75 L March 24, 1992 3–4 @ New Jersey Devils (1991–92) 17–53–5
76 L March 26, 1992 4–7 @ New York Islanders (1991–92) 17–54–5
77 L March 29, 1992 5–6 @ Winnipeg Jets (1991–92) 17–55–5
78 L April 12, 1992 4–6 @ Edmonton Oilers (1991–92) 17–56–5
79 L April 15, 1992 3–4 Calgary Flames (1991–92) 17–57–5
80 L April 16, 1992 3–5 Winnipeg Jets (1991–92) 17–58–5

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Playoffs[edit | edit source]

  • The Sharks did not qualify for the post season.

Player Stats[edit | edit source]

Forwards[edit | edit source]

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

Defencemen[edit | edit source]

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

Goaltending[edit | edit source]

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

Awards and Records[edit | edit source]

  • The Sharks did not win any awards this season.

Transactions[edit | edit source]

Trade Deadline Transactions[edit | edit source]

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 Picks[edit | edit source]

Round # Player Position Nationality College/Junior/Club Team
1 2 Pat Falloon Right Wing Flag of Canada Canada Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
2 23 Ray Whitney Left Wing Flag of Canada 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 Canada Seattle Thunderbirds (WHL)
4 67 Kerry Toporowski Defense Flag of Canada Canada Spokane Chiefs (WHL)
5 89 Dan Ryder Goalie Flag of Canada 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 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 Draft[edit | edit source]

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 Results[edit | edit source]

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 Results[edit | edit source]

# 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

References[edit | edit source]

  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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