Sharks to honor original owner Gund with banner

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To start off the San Jose Sharks’ 25th anniversary season, they will honor their original owner, George Gund III, per the Mercury News.

The plan is for the Sharks to raise a banner dedicated to Gund prior to the start of San Jose’s home opener against the Anaheim Ducks on Oct. 10.

“George Gund’s love of the game of hockey, and his belief in the city of San Jose and our fans are the reasons we are all here today,” Sharks owner Hasso Plattner said. “His legacy deserves to be honored and remembered forever. This banner will serve to remind everyone of his impact on the game of hockey and the Sharks franchise.”

Attending the event will be Gund’s brother and former Sharks co-owner Gordon Gund as well as his son, George Gund IV.

George Gund III passed away in 2013 at the age of 75.

“Hockey was a passion for George Gund III, and that passion manifested itself in his love for the Sharks, for San Jose and for the Bay Area,” NHL commissioner Gary Bettman said. “George made a commitment to bringing hockey to Northern California and did it in a way that excited the community and silenced the skeptics. We thank him for pioneering the Sharks tradition for generations of new fans.”