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The San Jose Sharks took a day off yesterday, but San Jose Hockey Now didn’t!

First, thank you to everybody who contributed to my Tip Jar — because of your contributions, I’m in Arizona, self-quarantining, and gearing up for live coverage of the Sharks’ final scrimmage on Jan. 10 and opening games against Arizona on Jan. 14 and Jan. 16.

I spoke with first-round pick Ozzy Wiesblatt yesterday — Ozzy is also in Arizona, training with San Jose Barracuda prospects in Chandler:

For Ozzy Wiesblatt, It’s Always Family First, Team First

In case you missed it, here are training camp updates from Monday and Tuesday:

Of Course Couture Says Sharks Will Make Playoffs; Boughner Talks Up Leonard

Vlasic Looking for Offense, Labanc Stronger & Faster, Sorensen’s Confidence

Simek on Injury “Roller Coaster”? Boughner Doesn’t Think So

Locked on Sharks has been just as busy too, as they’ve returned to daily podcasts:

World Juniors Reaction, Get to Know the Blues

Is Erik Karlsson Still Sharks’ Best Awards Candidate?

Talking Sharks’ Training Camp: The Kids Are Coming!

From now until the beginning of the regular season, we’re dropping the subscription price for San Jose Hockey Now from $29.99 to $22.99 — get two free months of the best San Jose Sharks coverage around!

Also, I’ve set up a Tip Jar to help fund my travel to and from Sharks road games this year.

In other San Jose Sharks news…

Kurtis Gabriel has made his feelings known about yesterday’s attempted coup at the Capitol:

We know the US took the gold, but how did San Jose Sharks prospects fare in the medal round?

In a 5-0 loss to Canada on Monday, Russia’s Artemi Kniazev played 18:09, while Yegor Spiridonov registered just 5:38. In a 4-3 loss to the US, Finland’s Santeri Hatakka skated 19:28.

Kniazev played more the following day; he was Russia’s second most-used player in a 4-1 bronze medal loss to Finland with 20:24. Spiridonov clocked 10:28.

On the winning side, Hatakka skated 18:13. (IIHF)

Kniazev and Hatakka also took coincidental minors in their match-up:

Hatakka was voted by scouts as a big WJC surprise. (The Athletic)

Around the NHL…

There’s a familiar name for San Jose Sharks fans on this list:

Hockey players aren’t the only hockey people who are glad to be back:

Friedman says that part of the pitch to get Joe Thornton to come to Toronto was the promise that he’d start with Mitch Marner and Auston Matthews. (Sportsnet)

Patrik Laine and Pierre-Luc Dubois situations will put their GMs to the test. (The Athletic)

Rask On Bruins’ Future: ‘I Have No Intentions Of Playing Elsewhere’

With Season Quickly Approaching, Time Missed Will Be Tough to Make Up for Mathew Barzal

Penguins Comments Highlight Risk and Reward of Matheson Trade

Welcome Back: Florida Panthers to allow fans to attend home games in 2021

Avs training camp Day 2 wrap-up: Still unfit

Tom’s Daily: Camp Day Two, Tuch Rests; USA Wins Gold

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Alicia

I’m seriously jealous but also seriously happy that you could get there to provide us coverage!

whiskerz

Better than nothing!

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