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Sad news from Sharks on the passing of George Gund III

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 to stay.

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