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George Gund III, the first owner of the San Jose Sharks, passed away this morning at the age of 75. The Sharks sent out a press release that read, in part:
George Gund III will always have a special place in the hearts of Sharks fans for his role in bringing the team to San Jose," said the ownership group of Sharks Sports & Entertainment. "His love for the Sharks and the game of hockey cannot be captured in words. George was a trailblazer and he knew that NHL hockey could not only survive, but thrive in the Bay Area. The Sharks organization will always serve as a proud reminder of George's passion. He will be greatly missed and our condolences are with his family.
In his memory during the 2012-13 season, the Sharks will wear a helmet decal and, later, a jersey patch bearing his initials: GG III.
You can read the full release on the Sharks website. Condolences to the family, and heartfelt thanks to Mr. Gund for bringing the NHL to the Bay Area.
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