Sharks jersey rankings: Why current black sweater is fifth-best uniform

Sharks jersey rankings: Why current black sweater is fifth-best uniform

Editor's note: The Sharks have been in existence for 28 years and have worn a variety of jerseys in that span - teal, black and white. NBC Sports California ranked the five best sweaters since San Jose first took the ice in 1991. We start with the fifth-best Sharks jersey: The current black sweater.

The idea of a "blackout" uniform is something that has fired up fan bases all across sports for years. Football and basketball teams all across the country will unveil a special black uniform, often pairing it with a significant game in the season, and encourage fans to come head-to-toe in black as well. 

Although the Sharks have always had black as part of their color scheme, the organization decided to unveil an updated motif on the eve of the 2018 season. Behold, the "Stealth" jersey.

Here is how the team describes the concept of Stealth:

In the still of darkness, Sharks strike fear in their prey. Always hunting, they move furtively in their environment. At any moment, Sharks will strike. Designed with the ability to make detection difficult, they emerge suddenly with incredible speed and technical precision. Waves of ferocity engulf the opponent before they even know what's happening. And in the blink of an eye, the opposition is defeated. This is the inspiration for Stealth. A clean, modern design influenced by our attacking style, history, and home in Silicon Valley.

The design was done in tandem with adidas, who took over the manufacturing of all NHL uniforms prior to the 2017-18 season. Adidas breaks down the technology within the uniform below:

At the forefront of innovation, design and craftsmanship, the adidas adizero Authentic jersey takes the hockey jersey silhouette to the next level by redefining fit, feel and lightweight construction. The Adidas adizero Authentic jersey is lighter, cooler and stronger, featuring adizero lightweight cresting and twill numbers, Adidas Climate® technology and Aeroknit detailing, the platinum NHL Shield and an interior fight strap.

The #StealthNights were announced before the season and covered every Thursday and Friday night home game as well as one Saturday game against the Philadelphia Flyers. In addition to the sweaters, themed game presentation and programming elements were added to further the “Stealth” experience.

The results on the ice were just above average, as the team won seven out of 13 "Stealth" games during the season. 

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Although the black provides an intimidation factor and undoubtedly is a sleek look, it's hard to slot an alternate combination much higher on the list. The design does a nice job of bringing together both past elements and a futuristic theme that makes it one of the more prominent across the NHL.

Check back each day this week as we continue to unveil our top-five San Jose Sharks uniforms of all-time.

How Sharks' previous trades, signings would be affected by new NHL CBA

How Sharks' previous trades, signings would be affected by new NHL CBA

The Sharks were forced to surrender multiple first-round draft picks over the past few years in order to retain top-of-the-line talent.

But in the NHL's new Collective Bargaining Agreement, San Jose's agreements with Evander Kane and Erik Karlsson would have been different.

Kane was acquired from the Buffalo Sabres in Feb. of 2018, with the Sharks surrendering Daniel O'Regan and a fourth-round draft pick. But the deal included a condition that if Kane re-signed in San Jose, the compensation sent to Buffalo would increase in value. Sure enough, Kane re-upped with the Sharks and San Jose instead had to deal a 2019 first-round pick to the East Coast.

But the new agreement mandates that teams no longer can include conditions in trades that allow for further compensation if a player re-signs, meaning the Sharks would have been able to hold on to their 2019 first-round pick (No. 29 overall), which ended up being used by the Anaheim Ducks on Canadian wing Brayden Tracey.

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Previous CBA guidelines didn't allow NHL teams to sign players acquired via trade to an eight-year extension until after the following trade deadline. This forced San Jose to wait until June of 2019 to ink Karlsson to his eight-year, $92 million extension with the team, despite joining the organization in Sept. of 2018 after a trade with the Ottawa Senators.

But in the recently ratified CBA, this rule no longer will apply.

The 2019-20 NHL season returns to the ice on Aug. 1, but the Sharks won't be one of the 24 teams competing.

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


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.