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Ever wonder about origin, history behind the Sharks' iconic logo?

Ever wonder about origin, history behind the Sharks' iconic logo?

Editor's note: Twice a week during this sports hiatus, we'll answer questions that Bay Area sports fans long have debated in "Ever Wonder?"  This installment: What's the story behind the Sharks iconic logo?

The Sharks logo arguably is one of the most unique in all of sports. Think about it: A shark demolishing a hockey stick with its razor-sharp teeth.

Talk about iconic.

But the birth of the logo actually began in the midst of another sport: Basketball.

Terry Smith, the symbol’s creator, was playing basketball at Stanford where his hopes of NBA dreams would not come to fruition -- that was just the reality of the game -- but he was able to turn his passion for art into a career in sports.

“I was glad I could do art, and in a weird way art kept me in sports,” Smith told NBC Sports California.

But basketball would come back full circle as the Sharks logo grew very popular … but it wouldn’t outdo a legend.

“Nobody was going to beat Michael Jordan,” he laughed. That was back in the early 90s when MJ was the king -- anything associated with him was going to be the best, so the 'Bull' reigned supreme. But the Sharks were perfectly OK being second best behind the legend.

Believe it or not, in the beginning, the NHL individuals in charge weren’t a big fan of the logo. 

You see, for starters, the logo itself had the shark mascot biting the hockey stick, which was shown as almost a sign of disrespect. The teal color was also not embraced right off the bat due to the fact it didn’t blend in with the traditional colors that represented hockey.

“I give the Sharks a lot of credit,” Smith added. “They said, ‘No, this is the direction we want to go.’”

Smith has continued to offer his hand in many logos around sports in the Northern California area. And despite a few alterations over the years, he is happy to know the Sharks have stuck with the iconic logo and unique colors.

You can learn all about it at the video atop this page.

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Sharks' Evander Kane announces daughter's birth after 'tough journey'

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Sharks' Evander Kane announces daughter's birth after 'tough journey'

Just over a year after losing their daughter during pregnancy, Sharks forward Evander Kane and his wife, Anna, welcomed another daughter into the world.

The Kanes announced the birth of their daughter, Kensington Ava, on Thursday on social media. Evander Kane said his daughter was born on July 3. 

"My wife Anna is a rockstar, the strength and love she has displayed over the last 18 months," Kane wrote on Twitter. "We want to thank everyone who has reached out during this period in support of our family and (we) appreciate the kind words throughout this journey. I'm so proud of my daughter, it's tough to put into words how much she means to me."

Kane thanked the Sharks, their fans, his friends and family "for their overwhelming love" during a difficult time. Last March, Kane announced that their daughter, Eva, passed away 26 weeks into Anna's pregnancy.

"You gave us all, especially your mom and I, something to be excited about," Kane wrote of Eva on Twitter on March 14, 2019. "And though we are devastated that you couldn't stay with us longer, your mom and I will always cherish the time we had with your beautiful soul. Your spirit will give us strength, your love will give us comfort. We will love you forever."

The Sharks, San Jose teammate Mario Ferraro and Hockey Diversity Alliance co-founder Akim Aliu all commented on Kane's Instagram post on Thursday.

Sharks' Tomas Hertl explains funny, simple reason why he wears No. 48

Sharks' Tomas Hertl explains funny, simple reason why he wears No. 48

Tomas Hertl has a huge year ahead of him. As he returns from ACL and MCL surgery, he and his wife Aneta are expecting the birth of their first child in November.

Sharks fans everywhere can't wait for No. 48 to get back on the ice. But how did he pick that number? It’s quite simple.

“They give it to me,” he wrote in a recent NHLPA questionnaire.

Enough said.

But before Hertl was the Sharks’ All-Star center, he had other aspirations.

Believe it or not, he wrote in the questionnaire that he wanted to be an architect if he wasn’t going to be a hockey player. But he was born to play hockey.

His dad, Jaroslav, during the winter in his native in Prague, would create nets (measuring the perfect size) on the frozen ponds near where he lived. Hertl’s dad would even kick off skaters if they were recreationally using the area where he wanted to play hockey.

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As much as Hertl could have thrived as an architect, his career as a hockey star was destined.