Should Sharks retire Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau's jerseys on same night?


Should Sharks retire Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau's jerseys on same night?

The Sharks quickly are approaching 30 years of existence, and still have yet to retire their first jersey number.
It’s not that they can’t, or won’t honor any individuals in the near future. Only that we don’t know where the bar is set. What level of qualifications does it take to have your name and number permanently enshrined in the rafters at SAP Center?
There also is the matter of who will get this franchise honor first, and should it be chronological? We’ll leave those aspects for a different time, and move on to a much greater hypothetical.
When their time does come -- should the Sharks retire Patrick Marleau and Joe Thornton's numbers on the same night?
Would they?

Patty and Joe have been through thick and thin together over multiple decades. They were drafted moments apart in 1997 and joined forces with the Sharks in 2005. In 2014, they signed near-identical three-year contract extensions on the very same day. Then in 2017, Thornton reportedly waited to sign his new deal and was willing to take less money, just to see if the Sharks could retain Marleau, who ultimately departed for Toronto. Clearly, there’s a bond and respect between the two veterans.
They also are among the most team-oriented, selfless human beings you could imagine. Despite all their professional success, they actually don't have much thirst for the solo spotlight or personal recognition.
Could they?
Although wildly unprecedented, there’s not any given rule against this. While Hall of Fame induction ceremonies always come in bunches of individuals, the tradition of a jersey retirement is singular in nature.  
The spectacle of this potential night would be more than anything a single Sharks game has ever seen. The speeches, the tributes, the goosebumps. It would have everything. It’s not that anyone is rushing for this scene to become reality, only that we all know how special it would be and what kind of production value the organization would lend it.
Tickets for an occasion like this would be more difficult to come by than almost any other event in the history of SAP Center. This also is a reason why the team would be inclined to split them across two games, maybe even on back-to-back nights.

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Should they?
The answer to this lies mostly in public perception. But it would be difficult to imagine a wealth of criticism against the idea. If they were the first to enjoy the honor, hanging banners for 12 and 19 on the same night would break the mold of retiring jerseys in an unquestioned fashion.
It would also open the conversation about what that entry “bar” is for a Sharks jersey retirement, and who should be next.
There’s also an issue of aesthetics. Should only one number be retired for days, weeks, or months before the next -- that banner is going to look awful lonely until it has the proper company it clearly deserves.

How Kendall Coyne Schofield is staying fit during coronavirus hiatus


How Kendall Coyne Schofield is staying fit during coronavirus hiatus

For world-class athletes, being stuck in the house is a strange feeling.

But that's the predicament NBC Sports California's Sharks analyst Kendall Coyne Schofield finds herself in.

Schofield and her husband Michael, an offensive lineman who last played with the Los Angeles Chargers, are holed up at their Orland Park, Illinois home.

In the latest episode of NBC Sports' Distance Training, the Schofields told host Jac Collinsworth that before the state issued a "Stay at home" order, they went to local sporting good stores and bought dumbbells, elastic bands, an exercise bike and anything else they might need in order to workout at home.

"Obviously, our biggest stress was as soon as it started going down and gyms started closing and everywhere we had a chance to work out started closing, we were like 'We need to find a way to workout,' " Michael said. "So I knew a couple days before, our governor of Illinois was going to do a shelter in place or stay in place announcement, we booked dumbbells, we got bands, we ran to Dick's Sporting Goods to get whatever we could and just throw it in our basement.

"But now it's been a hassle. 'OK, we got two dumbbells, a bunch of bands, a stationary bike, let's make the best of it and see what we can do to stay in shape, so it's definitely been hard every single day to come up with workouts and doing stuff, but we're making the most of it."

But working out at their home hasn't been the easiest transition for Kendall and Michael.

"I think what's really challenging, and I'm sure a lot of athletes have the same challenges, when you're in your basement, when you're in your home, you're in an environment that's usually comfortable to you," Kendall said. "That you usually come back to after working out, you're relaxing and you're doing anything but physical activity to be an elite athlete, so I think it's hard being in our home working out and trying to reach that peak performance level mentally and physically, and then at the same time, your phone rings and you say 'I'm just gonna grab that. It's fine,' and just trying to stay on track because there are so many distractions in this environment that you never really utilized as your gym, your lab, your place to be as professional as you can in your sport."

You can watch the full interview between the Schofields and Collinsworth here:

The NHL season, like all other North American sports leagues, is on an indefinite hiatus, and no timeline for resumption of play has been given.

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Until the league makes an announcement, Kendall Coyne Schofield will have to keep working out in her home in Illinois.

How Sharks' Timo Meier is handling coronavirus pandemic in Switzerland

How Sharks' Timo Meier is handling coronavirus pandemic in Switzerland

Timo Meier is back in Europe, and doing just fine.

But his country is not.

“It’s pretty bad here in Switzerland,” the Sharks forward said last week via FaceTime. “Obviously, the [coronavirus case] numbers increase daily. I try not to read too much into it, but you can’t really avoid it.”

Switzerland, with a population of less than 9 million, has one of the highest COVID-19 cases-per-capita numbers in the world. Greater than Italy, Spain or the United States as of last week.

“Here, we have the rule that you’re not allowed to be around more than five people outside,” Meier explained. “But I’m trying to stick to the rule of staying home. Only go outside when really needed.”

It became a quick decision for Meier to leave San Jose. He wanted to be near family, but that obviously necessitated a trans-Atlantic flight to reach Zurich. Boarding that plane during a pandemic was slightly terrifying.

“It was definitely weird flights,” Meier said. “I was trying to be really cautious — luckily, I had some hand sanitizer. After everything I’d touch, I’d sanitize my hands. A little too cautious at times, but you really can’t be. I was really trying to limit everything and don’t touch too much stuff. I made it here safe.”

Meier isn’t necessarily a germaphobe, but he knows this experience could have an effect.

“It’s definitely going to translate after this is over,” Meier said. “I’m going to be a little more careful than I was before, but I think that’s a good thing.”

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Days lately are simple and repetitive for the 23-year-old. They include sleeping in, a morning workout, an isolated afternoon walk in the hills, and usually a glass of wine with dinner.

Meier seems perfectly content under isolation, so long as things remain similar for he and family: “I’m not complaining too much.”