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Sharks Sign Jakopin, Three Others

September 5, 2002

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SAN JOSE, Calif. (AP) _ The San Jose Sharks signed defenseman John Jakopin, right wing Tavis Hansen, center Jeff Nelson and right wing Scott Thomas on Thursday.

Jakopin played 19 games with Pittsburgh last season, spending most of his time with the Penguins’ AHL affiliate in Wilkes-Barre. He has seven points in 101 career NHL games.

Nelson, a former second-round draft pick by Washington, played in the German Elite League last season. He has played for Washington and Nashville in 52 career NHL games.

Hansen spent last season with Colorado’s AHL affiliate in Hershey. Thomas, who has played 63 career NHL games with Buffalo and Los Angeles, scored 43 points for the Kings’ top affiliate last season.

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