Sharks Sign Player from 'Junior Sharks'

Amador Valley High School graduate signs with Sharks.

By Erika Okano
|  Friday, Mar 30, 2012  |  Updated 6:53 AM PDT
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Sharks Sign Player from 'Junior Sharks'

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Matt Tennyson is the first player from the San Jose Sharks' "Junior Sharks" program to sign with the club.

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The San Jose Sharks have signed a kid from Pleasanton to an entry-level contract.

Matt Tennyson signed with the team Thursday. He is the first player in the Sharks organization who learned to play in the Junior Sharks program at Sharks Ice in San Jose.

Tennyson is a 21-year-old defenseman who graduated from Amador Valley High. He just finished his junior season with Western Michigan University. In 41 games this season he had 24 points - 11 goals and 13 assists. He was named a finalist for Central Collegiate Hockey Association Best Defenseman and was named to the Second Team All-CCHA.

"Each year we continue to see the growth of hockey in the Bay Area and the impact that the Sharks Ice facilities are having on our local youth hockey players," Sharks Ice General Manager Jon Gustafson told SJSharks.com. "Having our first Jr. Shark to sign with San Jose is a big accomplishment and something we are all very excited about."

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