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San Jose Sharks name stray cat that ran on ice after Joe Pavelski

Logan Couture #39 of the San Jose Sharks

Logan Couture #39 of the San Jose Sharks is congratulated by Joe Pavelski #8 after Couture scored a goal against the Nashville Predators in Game 2 of the Western Conference second round during the 2016 NHL Stanley Cup playoffs. at SAP Center on May 1, 2016 in San Jose. Credit: Getty Images / Thearon W. Henderson

SAN JOSE, Calif. — The stray cat that ran on the ice before San Jose’s second-round series opener now has a name but is still looking for a permanent home.

The Sharks said Sunday that the black cat that appeared during warmups Friday night will now be called “Joe PAW-velski” in honor of San Jose captain Joe Pavelski.

The cat was recovered by arena staff after leaving the ice and will be sent to an animal shelter where it will undergo a full health examination and a microchip scan, to ensure it does not already have an owner.

If the cat is healthy and has no microchip, the Sharks say it will be put up for adoption.

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