SAN JOSE (BCN) — A black kitten that made its way onto the ice before Game 2 of the San Jose Sharks’ playoff series against the Nashville Predators was adopted Friday, Sharks officials said.
Jo PAW-velski was adopted along with a companion kitten through Humane Society Silicon Valley.
The name Jo PAW-velski was chosen as the funniest name for the kitten and references the last name of the Sharks’ captain Joe Pavelski.
“There were many suggestions,” Sharks spokesman Jim Sparaco said.
Team officials suggested the 3-month-old kitten is a good luck charm because the Sharks won the series against the Predators and are now in the Western Conference Finals against the St. Louis Blues. The Sharks dropped Game 1 of the series in St. Louis on Sunday.
Sparaco explained how Jo got onto the ice. He said sometimes animals make their way into the rink when people are loading or unloading items. Jo may have come over a wall or fence from a nearby neighborhood.
She surfaced on the Sharks bench and then scurried through the door to the bench and onto the ice during warm-ups before Game 2 of the second round on April 29.
Jo disappeared during the game and someone on the Sharks staff found her sometime after the game, Sparaco said.
Staff at the humane society cared for Jo since May 1.
“We are pleased to learn that Jo has found a good home,” San Jose Sharks chief operating officer John Tortora said in a statement. “I would like to encourage all fans who were interested in adopting Jo to now consider adopting one of the other many animals at HSSV in need of a home.”