The San Jose Sharks are a professional ice hockey team which is located in San Jose, California, United States. The team is also the members of the Pacific Division of the Western Conference of the National Hockey League. San Jose Sharks play their home games at the HP Pavilion which is at San Jose and is also known as The Shark Tank.
The Oakland Coliseum Arena was home to the team California Golden Seals of the National Hockey League since the year 1967 to 1976. Gordon and George Gund became minority owners of the Seals in the year 1974, and were involved in their move to Cleveland in the year 1976 and a 1978 combination with the Minnesota North Stars, which they purchased the same year. G and G were long interested to bring hockey back to the Bay Area, and they asked for the permission to NHL to move the North Stars there in the late 1980s, but the league did not agreed to the proposed move. Meanwhile, a group led by previous Hartford Whalers owner Howard Baldwin was asking the NHL to bring a team to San Jose, where a new arena was being built. Ultimately the NHL struck a compromise: the Gunds would had to sell their share of the North Stars to Baldwin's group, with the Gunds receiving an development team in the Bay Area to begin play in the year 1991–92 season and being allowed to take a specific number of players from the North Stars to their new club. In return to this, the North Stars would be allowed to participate on the equal partner bases in an expansion draft with the new Bay Area team.