San Jose Sharks president Jonathan Becher stated the workforce might want to maintain its coaching camp exterior of Santa Clara County if native well being officers don’t enable gamers to skate in giant teams at Solar4America Ice in San Jose.
Becher stated Friday the Sharks proper now are in a position to skate in small teams on the facility, however would wish approval from the county’s public well being division to skate in bigger teams throughout coaching camp, which may begin subsequent month.
“We don’t but have permission to try this,” Becher stated. “We’re hoping to listen to again from the county subsequent week with a purpose to open that up, which then would enable scrimmages and practices to start out in early December. That’s certainly one of questions we would not have a solution to simply but.”
Becher stated holding coaching camp exterior of the county could be “a final resort for us, but when the season goes to start out in January and we will’t prepare right here, we must prepare someplace else. That could be a backup plan.”
Contacted Friday by this newspaper in regards to the Sharks’ standing, a spokesperson from the county’s division of public well being hoped to offer extra data subsequent week.
Coronavirus circumstances are surging to horrifying ranges in Santa Clara County, which was placed in the purple tier, probably the most restrictive, by Gov. Gavin Newsom on Tuesday.
Friday, the county recorded 407 new cases, the best single-day quantity since March. The variety of sufferers hospitalized in Santa Clara County rose from 110 to 166 prior to now week.
Becher stated the Sharks have been in discussions with different hockey services, however wouldn’t specify the place.
“You’ll be able to simply have a look at a map and see the place locations are open and determine it out,” Becher stated.
The Sharks function Solar4America Ice in Fremont and the Oakland Ice Heart. However the workforce may run into the identical type of roadblocks in Alameda County so far as skating in giant teams as they could in Santa Clara.
Final 12 months, the Sharks invited 63 gamers — damaged up into three teams — to its coaching camp. It’s unclear what number of gamers the workforce would invite to camp this season.
Regardless, the Sharks have to discover a residence for his or her coaching camp quickly in the event that they’re not going to be in San Jose.
The Sharks, together with six different groups that weren’t a part of the NHL’s Return to Play plan this summer time, requested the league earlier this 12 months for further coaching camp time since they haven’t performed a sport or practiced as a workforce since March.
The seven non-playoff groups appear to be on track to get that approval from the league. If it occurs, the Sharks might get an extra seven-to-10 days to coach earlier than the start of the primary camp, which is anticipated to take about two weeks.
If the Sharks have three weeks to coach collectively, and the NHL begins the common season in early January, they must discover a residence by mid-December.
The NHL nonetheless has not formally set a date for the beginning of the common season, though Becher, an alternate governor, was skeptical the league may begin Jan. 1 as was initially focused. He was extra hopeful issues may get going someday in January with the playoffs ending in early or mid-July earlier than the Summer time Olympics start.
“I’m extra assured in January than I’m in January 1 as an actual date,” Becher stated. “It’s actually potential January 1 will get delayed per week or two.”