April 16, 2012; San Jose, CA, USA; San Jose Sharks left wing Ryane Clowe (29), defenseman Douglas Murray (3) and center Logan Couture (39) during the national anthem before game three of the 2012 Western Conference quarterfinals against the St. Louis Blues at HP Pavilion. St. Louis defeated San Jose 4-3. Mandatory Credit: Jason O. Watson-USA TODAY Sports

Original Sharks Owner George Gund III Passes Away

As the hockey season looms, some sad news to pass along…

George Gund III, the original owner of the San Jose Sharks, has passed away at the age of 75 in Palm Springs. Gund was responsible for bringing the franchise to San Jose as an expansion team in 1991.

“I don’t think there were too many individuals who would have taken a chance on San Jose as he did,” said Tom McEnery, former mayor of San Jose. “I really think the people in San Jose, not just hockey fans, really owe George a debt of gratitude. I know that’s the way I feel about him.”

Although the Sharks set a record in 1991-1992 with 71 losses in a season, they have developed into one of the more consistent franchises since then, making the postseason 15 out of 21 seasons.

Many Sharks fans may not even know who Gund is, but without him, they wouldn’t even have a hockey team to cheer for.

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