San Jose Sharks to Host Blood Drive at Pre-Game Morning Skate

January, 2010
Attention News Desk: Press Release (for immediate release)
Michele Hyndman (650) 723-8237

STANFORD, Calif. — The Sharks Foundation, Stanford Blood Center and Be The Match RegistrySM will team up to host a blood drive and bone marrow registration event Jan. 23 at HP Pavilion in San Jose.

“The Sharks drive is a way to bring fun, excitement and awareness to a life-saving community cause,” said Sharks foundation manager Laura Johnston. The foundation is the charitable organization for the Sharks, San Jose’s professional hockey team.

Any fan who attempts to donate blood or who registers for the bone marrow registry will be able to watch the morning practice for the San Jose Sharks and Buffalo Sabres, who will play later that evening at 7:30 p.m. Every fan who attempts to donate blood will also be entered for a chance to win a Zamboni ride and four tickets to a future Sharks home game. Appointments for the drive are limited. Only donors with appointments will be allowed to attend the blood drive and watch the morning practice.

The Stanford Blood Center anticipates that the Sharks drive will break the center’s current record for the most units donated at a blood drive, and expects more than 400 donors to attend.

WHAT: San Jose Sharks host blood drive
WHO: Attendance limited to media and to blood donors with appointments
WHEN: Jan. 23, 7:30 a.m. to 2 p.m.
WHERE: HP Pavilion, 525 W. Santa Clara St., San Jose
Important note: Players take the ice at 10 a.m. for their pre-game morning skate and will be available for media interviews around 11:30 a.m.

Stanford Blood Center has three locations in Palo Alto and Mountain View, and holds blood drives throughout the Bay Area daily. The blood center serves patients at Stanford Hospital & Clinics, Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital, Palo Alto Medical Foundation Clinic, El Camino Hospital, El Camino Los Gatos Hospital, the Veterans Affairs Palo Alto Health Care System, the Livermore Veterans Affairs Hospital, O’Connor Hospital and three freestanding local surgery centers. Visit for more information.

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