The San Jose Sharks announced that they would take a break from captain’s practices before training camp starts to visit a local rink. On Monday September 9th at 4:00pm, select players from the team will be on hand at Oakland Ice Center (OIC) operated by Sharks Ice to greet fans and offer up pointers to young members of the OIC hockey program. Even though their schedules are busy, the players are excited and understand the importance of community involvement.

The Cal Ice Skating Team will also have members on hand to assist Sharks players with a skating clinic for prospective players. Participants will not just include members of the OIC clinics, but also children from around the area in Oakland.

“Interacting with these young professionals as they are going through their own tryout process is so inspiring for all of our young athletes,” said Melissa Fitzgerald, OIC General Manager. “The kids appreciate the time the players are devoting to them and become excited to follow them as they advance through their NHL careers.”

Each year, Sharks Ice provides a discounted or no cost opportunity to many young Oakland residents to participate in hockey programs. They also offer after school programs making Sharks Ice a proud member of the NHL’s “Hockey Is For Everyone” initiative.



A New England girl, born and raised, Jessica Higham has grown up loving few things more than hockey. Although she has never considered herself to be a good skater, she fell in love with hockey back when boys still had cooties and that love has only grown since. She genuinely wishes she had been alive to enjoy ‘Miracle on Ice’ and considers it to be one of the greatest moments in US history. Nothing compares to the feeling of September coming and signaling the start of a new season, complete with a whole new set of ups and downs. After having been an avid reader and occasional writer, Jessica wanted to try putting the two loves together and writing about hockey. Aside from hockey, Jessica also loves music, going to concerts, animals, and walking on the beach. Email: @JessicaHigham


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