Black Cat Runs On Ice During NHL Playoff Game, Jinxes Visiting Team

The San Jose Sharks named the cat after their captain before taking her to a local shelter.

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Hockey fans have a long tradition of launching an assortment of items onto the ice, everything from octopuses to catfish to rubber rats. But during last night’s game between the San Jose Sharks and the Nashville Predators, a black cat took it upon himself to run onto the ice, properly jinxing the visiting team in the process.

The cat raced from the players’ bench and along the boards before leaving the ice. Although his appearance only lasted 15 or 20 seconds, that was long enough to work his black cat magic on the Predators. The Sharks won the game 1-0, and the San Jose faithful immediately began suggesting names for the cat. The team decided to call him Joe Paw-velski – after captain Joe Pavelski – and announced that he would be delivered to a local animal shelter where he would be examined and scanned for a microchip (because that cat didn’t drive himself to the SAP Center).

“We want to make sure the cat is safe and healthy and returned to its rightful owner, in the event it has a microchip,” San Jose Sharks Chief Operating Officer John Tortora said. “If he is indeed a stray, our goal is to find the best home for him with the support of our local animal shelters.”

Jim Sparaco, the Director of Public Relations and Fan Development for the team, posted a picture of the cat on Twitter, with the caption “Newest @SanJoseSharks fan is safe & well @ local shelter.” He later posted an update, announcing that Joe is actually a female cat and has been taken in by the Humane Society Silicon Valley.

Either way, Nashville will be relieved to know that the black cat won’t be traveling with the Sharks for the rest of the series. San Jose faces the Predators in Nashville on Tuesday night.

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