Bay Area success deserves recognition

Updated: May 15, 2010, 1:41 PM ET
By Pierre LeBrun | ESPN.com

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- The Sharks are swimming with hockey royalty right now, a franchise barely two decades old left standing with Original Six franchises Chicago and Montreal, as well as the well-established hockey tradition in Philadelphia.

And yet, this San Jose franchise is long overdue in receiving the national attention it deserves. The Bay Area hockey club has filled the seats from Day 1 some 19 years ago, an achievement that doesn't get the kind of widespread mention of traditional ...

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