The Sharks had their first encounter with fans who had been deprived of NHL action the past four months, and if players were worried about their reception, they shouldn't have.
A standing ovation and loud cheers welcomed each player as he stepped onto the ice at the team's practice facility. The players acknowledged the greeting with a stick salute from center ice.
"Some places are more forgiving than others," defenseman Dan Boyle said. "Hopefully, we're one of those places."
The crowd was about 400, not close to the thousands who showed up elsewhere around the NHL on the first day of a weeklong training camp. But the tone was appreciation and relief that the sport was back after a 113-day lockout.
Overall, coach Todd McLellan said he felt the players generally showed up in good condition. The bigger concern, he added, was getting everybody's timing back.
The Sharks open the abbreviated 48-game season next Sunday at Calgary.
Reports: Mets scout Wilson
The New York Mets took a look at former Giants closer Brian Wilson in California on Saturday, according to several reports.
Wilson appeared in only two games last season and underwent Tommy John surgery for the second time.
Wilson is drawing interest from six to eight teams, CBS Sports reported. The Giants did not tender him a contract by the Nov. 30 deadline, making him a free agent, but reportedly are monitoring his progress and are open to the possibility of re-signing him.
Maze wins first super-G
In St. Anton, Austria, Tina Maze of Slovenia reached another milestone in her stellar season by winning her first super giant slalom and becoming the sixth woman to win a World Cup race in all five Alpine disciplines.
In ideal conditions, Maze, the overall leader, edged Anna Fenninger of Austria by 0.04 seconds. Fabienne Suter of Switzerland beat defending overall champion Lindsey Vonn by 0.01 seconds for third place.
Overall leader Marcel Hirscher of Austria turned in a strong second run to win a World Cup slalom after being eighth in the opening leg in Adelboden, Switzerland. Hirscher was at least 0.83 seconds faster than any competitor in the second run.
San Jose Mercury News, the Record (Hackensack, N.J.), Associated Press