SAN JOSE -- All 17,562 free tickets to Monday night's minor-league hockey game at HP Pavilion between the San Francisco Bulls and the Stockton Thunder are now in the hands of fans or ticket brokers.
Sharks executive vice-president for business operations Malcolm Bordelon reported on Twitter that the final 3,400 seats were snapped up in less than five minutes after they were made available Wednesday to the general public. The other tickets previously were distributed to Sharks and Bulls season-ticket holders.
The Bulls, a member of the East Coast Hockey League, are a Sharks' affiliate playing their inaugural season at the Cow Palace. The team has been carrying four San Jose prospects on its roster with Sharks forward Ryane Clowe also serving as an assistant coach.
Some of the free tickets immediately turned up for online sale at Craigslist and eBay. Initial prices were anywhere from $1 each to a set of four for $449, though one agency removed its high-priced eBay listings later in the day.
This is the second minor-league game moved to San Jose during an NHL lockout. On Nov. 9, 2004, some 11,784 fans turned out for an AHL game between the Edmonton Road Runners and the Cleveland Barons, then San Jose's top development team. Some of those seats cost $5 with proceeds going to the Sharks Foundation.
Parking on arena lots for Monday night's game also is free.