Black cat becomes surprise star of Sharks' Game 1 win

A black cat wandered onto the ice before Game 1 of the Nashville and San Jose second-round playoff series. The Sharks organization later named him Joe Paw-velski after their captain.

Team working to find a home for new furry friend

A black cat went for a walk across the ice in front of the home bench at the SAP Center on Friday but it didn't seem to be bad luck for the Sharks, who went on to win the game 5-2 over Nashville.

Sports and superstition go hand in hand, but the San Jose Sharks didn't let a little black cat get them down before Game 1 of their series matchup with the Nashville Predators.

The cat was seen wandering onto the ice from the bench before scurrying down to another door near the goal line and off the playing surface.


Fans took to social media to throw out some names for the surprise team mascot.


San Jose eventually announced that they were going with 'Joe Paw-velski' as the name and the Sharks' new feline friend even got his own Twitter account.


The Sharks organization has since announced they are working with a local animal shelter to help find Joe Paw-velski a good home. The cat will also undergo a full health examination and a microchip scan, to ensure it does not already have an owner.


San Jose took Game 1 over Nashville by a score of 5-2, and are back in action on Sunday at home in the Shark Tank. No word yet on whether Joe Paw-velski will be making another appearance.