Black cat becomes surprise star of Sharks' Game 1 win
Team working to find a home for new furry friend
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.
An update on the Black Cat of the Tank: <a href="https://t.co/TWYeKC3mv8">https://t.co/TWYeKC3mv8</a> <a href="https://t.co/yroUFn0UpT">https://t.co/yroUFn0UpT</a>—@SanJoseSharks
Fans took to social media to throw out some names for the surprise team mascot.
Joe Paw-velski. Patrick Meow-leau. Logan Cou-purrrrr. (I’ll be here all week). <a href="https://t.co/iGayUpoxGO">https://t.co/iGayUpoxGO</a>—@byelin
.<a href="https://twitter.com/SharksBlackCat">@SharksBlackCat</a> our vote in the newsroom is for you to be called "Stanley" - not to be presumptive.—@1590KLIV
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.
Annnnnnd the number one star of the game...me, DUH! <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SJSharks?src=hash">#SJSharks</a> <a href="https://twitter.com/hashtag/SmashNash?src=hash">#SmashNash</a> <a href="https://t.co/bC4aJ3l1Yv">pic.twitter.com/bC4aJ3l1Yv</a>—@SharksBlackCat
Hey <a href="https://twitter.com/PredsNHL">@PredsNHL</a>, there's only room for one cat in this house!—@SharksBlackCat
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.
Joe Paw-velski will be available for adoption. Remember, rescue animals make the best pets! <a href="https://t.co/FTtQRmvEMC">https://t.co/FTtQRmvEMC</a>—@mikechenwriter
Godspeed, Joe PAW-velski. Hope you find a nice home with warm floors. <a href="https://t.co/mpfdOou7EP">https://t.co/mpfdOou7EP</a>—@chrismpeters
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.