SAN JOSE, CA – It turns out, the San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) good luck charm not only came in the form of a black cat, but it’s also a girl. The cat, known affectionately by fans of the team and throughout social media as “Jo PAW-velski” (renamed from “Joe”), is doing well and has been in the care of Humane Society Silicon Valley (@hssv) for more than 24 hours.

“Jo” became a social media sensation this past Friday night when she appeared on the ice during warm-ups of the Sharks first playoff game against the Nashville Predators. She surfaced from the Nashville Predators bench, ran along the boards down the ice, and then disappeared back beneath the stands. The cat was safely retrieved by SAP Center’s engineering staff after the game.

The Sharks safely transported “Jo” to Humane Society Silicon Valley on Sunday morning where she has undergone health and wellness examinations and has been scanned for a microchip. All reports to date are that she is healthy and doing well in her temporary home.

San Jose Sharks Chief Operating Officer John Tortora issued the following statement:
“We are pleased to hear that ‘Jo’ is doing well at the Humane Society Silicon Valley. They have a fantastic facility for animals with an amazing staff. We are confident that ‘Jo’ is receiving the best care possible and look forward to a happy resolution of the story when ‘Jo’ is placed in a loving home.”

Fans interested in inquiring about “Jo” and potential adoption opportunities may contact Humane Society Silicon Valley. They are located at 901 Ames Ave., Milpitas, CA 95035. Phone inquiries can be made at (408) 262-2133, ext. 150. To check out the HSSV website, visit



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