The San Jose Sharks managed to keep a secret from the media and fans for almost five months.
But then, during Tomáš Hertl’s re-signing press conference on Mar. 16, he let it slip when asked how he celebrated his new contract: “With a couple of guys, we just did an escape room at one of LA’s rooms so that was for sure fun.”
That one statement sparked the interest of Sharks nation.
Since then, we have all been made aware of an estimated 14 rooms that the Sharks escape room squad has attempted this season. The group has a supposed 12-2 record, according to Hertl.
Just a couple of days after Hertl’s press conference, the now-traded Jake Middleton mentioned the squad’s success in the celebratory escape room: “The guy we had last time in LA, he was very impressed. He said we were the best group he’s had in six months. That was a nice pat on the back.”
Hertl, Rūdolfs Balcers, Logan Couture, Nick Bonino, and Jaycob Megna, who replaced Middleton, make the squad complete…for now.
According to Corey Masisak of The Athletic, you can credit escape room aficionado Rudolfs Balcers for the San Jose Sharks escape room squad. Balcers asked Couture if he had ever done one, they asked Hertl, and a legend was born. Brent Burns was actually part of the original squad.
“[Burns] was actually really good at it,” Couture told The Athletic. “He helped a lot, but he also lost interest pretty quickly. The rest of us continued to go.”
Couture also shared that while he may be the captain on the ice, it’s Bonino who has emerged as the leader in the room. Well, the escape room. Couture reads the story and the clues and Balcers searches for what they need. While Hertl and Megna’s roles haven’t yet been revealed, we’ll surely find out by the end of the season
That might explain a rare escape room loss recently in Edmonton.
“Bonino didn’t show up,” Balcers said, “he ditched on the squad, and that’s a big mistake there.”
AT SAN JOSE HOCKEY NOW…
IN OTHER SHARKS NEWS…
Will the Sharks be able to afford what Barabanov is worth? (Mercury News)
Coming to the game tomorrow?
— San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) April 1, 2022
San Jose Sharks’ 2021 fourth-round draft pick Ethan Cardwell and Michael Raskin were joined by Mario Ferraro for a quick chat. (Showbound: The Podcast)
— San Jose Barracuda (@sjbarracuda) March 31, 2022
AROUND THE NHL…
Gatineau Olympiques goaltender Ève Gascon becomes the first woman in 22 years to win a game in the QMJHL. (SportsNet)
TREVOR ZEGRAS DID IT AGAIN!!! 😱 pic.twitter.com/YxCssSEGUT
— NHL (@NHL) April 2, 2022
However, not everybody was happy with Zegras:
“That’s the problem with these young players. You wanna embarrass guys? You wanna skill it up? You better be prepared to get punched in the mouth.”
Coyotes broadcast applauds Jay Beagle cross-checking Trevor Zegras/beating Troy Terry senseless. Embarrassing commentary pic.twitter.com/1AfenuTRkL
— Nolan Bianchi (@nolanbianchi) April 2, 2022
Craig Morgan followed up with Coyotes color man Tyson Nash:
Before today's game, @CraigSMorgan talked to Arizona Coyotes TV color analyst Tyson Nash to clarify his comments from Friday’s game during the incident with Jay Beagle, Troy Terry and Trevor Zegras.https://t.co/JZ4fTGR6oo
— PHNX Coyotes (@PHNX_Coyotes) April 3, 2022
Jonathan Toews hits 1,000 NHL games played. (Chicago Tribune)
Michigan looking for a better defensive outing in their upcoming game against Denver in the Frozen Four. (MLive)
WHL 16-year-olds have been impressive, the 2023 draft class continues to set a new standard. (WHL)
Jason Zucker suffers injury for the Pittsburgh Penguins:
Tuukka Rask is sticking around the Boston Bruins:
The Colorado Avalanche have sent Bowen Byram has been sent to the AHL on a conditioning assignment:
The New York Islanders and Mat Barzal know their priorities.
The Vegas Golden Knights are likely to finish the regular season without Stone or Pacioretty:
Owen Tippett continues to show improvement for the Philadelphia Flyers:
Washington Capitals forward Joe Snively is back on the ice following wrist surgery.
The Detroit Red Wings are in the hunt to sign college free agent Ben Meyers:
Are the Vancouver Canucks doing enough to protect their goaltenders?
Darryl Sutter is making a culture of urgency for the Calgary Flames:
Jordan Harris is set to make his NHL debut for the Montreal Canadiens:
Sheng’s Travel Fund
Help fund Sheng's travel! Every dollar goes to the cost of getting to and from Sharks road games.