San Jose Sharks celebrate 25th anniversary

FILE - In this Feb. 12, 1991, file photo, San Jose Sharks co-owner and chairman George Gund III, right, shares a laugh with hockey legend Gordie Howe after unveiling the teams colors and logo at a press conference in Cupertino, Calif. The Sharks will be celebrating 25 years since they made their debut in 1991. (AP Photo/John G. Mabanglo, File)

SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) The San Jose Sharks have come a long way from their days at the rundown Cow Palace when their signature teal jerseys seemed to be a bigger attraction than the product on the ice.

The Sharks have grown in their 25 years into one of the more successful non-traditional NHL market franchises by becoming a consistent winner on the ice and developing the game at the grassroots level.

As they celebrated their 25th anniversary Tuesday night with current players, alumni and fans, there was only one glaring thing missing.

''It's a long time, great time, great memories,'' owner Hasso Plattner said. ''No Stanley Cup yet.''