It’s like the nightmare you keep having —maybe once a week, maybe once month— but without a doubt at least once a year, every San Jose Sharks fan will relive their worst nightmare: watching the Sharks succumb to their fate.
Every season ends the same; a brilliant regular season turned into a lackluster post season. The locker room gets packed up early and fans put away their jerseys 'til next year, in hopes that the Sharks figure out what the heck is wrong.
A curse? Bad players? Bad coaching? Bad management?
Or does the problem stem even higher than that?
The Sharks are owned by the San Jose Sports and Entertainment Enterprise— a group of 13 people including CEOs, a venture capitalist, a former mayor and a former NFL tight end.
The SJSEE bought the team from Gordon Gund, who brought the expansion team to San Jose in 2002.
So it may be just that, a lack of direct leadership and passion trickling down to the team, who can’t find that little extra desire and hunger to fight harder at the times they need it most and get the win.