No tributes planned back in The Tank

ROBIN BROWNLEE -- Edmonton Sun

, Last Updated: 9:34 AM ET

SAN JOSE -- Todd Harvey wasn't exactly choked up for his first visit to the HP Pavilion with the Edmonton Oilers, but the journeyman forward was happy to be back.

Harvey, 30, spent parts of five seasons as a member of the San Jose Sharks and he's got some fond memories from the days when he called The Tank home.

"I do have some good memories here," Harvey said. "We went from being a team that really hadn't done very well when I first got here to building a team that was competing for the Stanley Cup."

Harvey, originally drafted by the Dallas Stars, made the playoffs in four of his five campaigns draped in teal and made it to the Western Conference final with the Sharks in 2004, losing to Colorado.

"We had a good group of guys. A lot of young guys who were spending their first couple years in the league," said Harvey, who was a favourite of coach Darryl Sutter because of his hard-nosed style.

"I still know a lot of those guys over there, but there's no buddies on the ice when the game starts. When the puck drops, it's business."

Harvey recorded his second career-hat-trick with the Sharks in 2000 and he scored his first NHL goal against the Sharks at The Tank as a member of the Stars in 1995.

He's also retained the sense of humour he's been known for. Harvey, who was nicknamed Hardcore Harvey during his time with the Sharks because he likes to watch pro wrestling, wasn't expecting any kind of tribute upon his return.

"They were probably happy to get rid of me," smiled Harvey, who signed with the Oilers as a free agent in September 2004.


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