POSTED ON Thursday, 01.17.2013 / 1:16 PM
By Frank Albin - Director of Broadcasting / The Daily Chomp


Well it was a bit late in coming, but Sunday will mark the start of the 2012-13 season for the San Jose Sharks.
Due to the work stoppage this year the NHL will play an abbreviated 48 games schedule vs only Western Conference foes. The Sharks will be playing 48 games in just 97 days. Every game will be a 4-point swing and teams must be ready to play after a very brief training camp. Any team that gets off to a slow start will have a devil of a time trying to climb the ladder to a top 8 playoff position. More than ever before the shootout format could very well determine who makes the post-season.

On the Sharks side, there could be some factors that they can use to their advantage. The club is virtually the same squad as last season with the addition of free agents defenseman Brad Stuart and gritty veteran forward Adam Burish. The Sharks had 12 players who played competitive hockey while the NHL was on ice. So far in this short training camp several young men from Worcester could make it difficult for coaches to get a final roster in place for this weekend.
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POSTED ON Tuesday, 01.15.2013 / 9:26 PM
By Dan Rusanowsky - Sharks Radio, Play-by-Play Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp

The sad news of the death of George Gund III, the original owner of the Sharks, brings forth a flood of incredible memories and a large share of gratitude on a multitude of levels.

Where do we begin? Without George Gund’s love and passion for the game of hockey, we wouldn’t be referring to San Jose as a hockey city, which it most definitely is. His excitement over the entrepreneurial challenge, his willingness to take a risk, and his overriding desire to make people happy were among the reasons why he jumped (with both skates) at the chance to make Sharks Hockey a reality.

When George Gund is involved, there is always a story, and that seems to be the case in every facet of his life, whether it involves Western art, independent film, ranching, philanthropy, or hockey. It is because of these stories that a smile inevitably appears on the faces of those who are speaking of him.

I’ll always remember the night of October 24, 1998, when the Sharks played the Dallas Stars at their old home, Reunion Arena. In the locker room after the game, I stopped to inform coach Darryl Sutter that I would not be on the team plane back to San Jose, due to the fact that I was going to catch a plane to New York the next morning to help my parents celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary.

Overhearing the conversation, George immediately came over, his famous eyebrows flashing and his eyes twinkling. “I’m going to New York tonight,” he said. “Do you want to join me?”

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POSTED ON Tuesday, 01.15.2013 / 3:46 PM
By Drew Remenda - Sharks TV, Color Commentator / The Daily Chomp

During the CBA negotiations we kept hearing about "pressure points." Now that the boardroom bargaining is over and the NHL is back, the pressure definitely shifts to the 30 coaching staffs for a very short Training Camp.

As we all know a normal training camp lasts two weeks. It is the biggest opportunity for the coaches to lay the foundation of their teams. A proper training camp gives the coaches valued time to implement systems, test and improve the conditioning of the players, evaluate players, create and re-create line and defense combinations, just to name a few important aspects.

In this very short training camp almost all of the important details are out the window. Five or six days just isn't enough time.

So what to do?
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POSTED ON Monday, 01.14.2013 / 12:25 PM
By Randy Hahn - Sharks TV, Play-by-Play Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp

While we await the Sharks complete “official” television schedule, I can tell you that all 48 regular season games will be carried live, in color and in glorious high definition on Comcast SportsNet California and NBC SportsNet/NBC.

Here’s 10 reason’s to love the Sharks TV Schedule.

1. We’re back and the band is back together

The last time we ((Drew Remenda, Brodie Brazil, Bret Hedican, Jamie Baker, Dave Maley, Curtis Brown and yours truly) called a live game was April 21, 2012 from St. Louis. That’s just too long between broadcasts. We all love what we do and can’t wait to get back at it.

2. Opening night January 20 at Calgary

Finally we get to see the Boys In Teal back in action and what a venue to begin in. Lockout or no lockout, hockey is Canada’s national passion. Flames fans will be out in full force and the city of Calgary will be teeming with anticipation. It’ll be similar 2 nights later in Edmonton.



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POSTED ON Monday, 01.14.2013 / 12:00 PM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Radio, Color Commentator / The Daily Chomp

In 1994/95 I was playing for the Sharks when we played 48 games in a lockout shortened season. That year we played our first game on Jan 20 … sound familiar.

Here is what I remember and what I assume most of the players are thinking right now!

  • The best time of year, from a player’s standpoint, is the playoffs. It’s adrenaline, intensity, passion and all of it maxed out. The NHL playoffs are awesome!

  • A 48 game regular season against conference teams only, is like 3 months of playoffs, before the playoffs. Players know you have to get out to a great start, especially with the extra point for OT of shootout losses that was not around back when I played.

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POSTED ON Sunday, 01.13.2013 / 4:29 PM
By Dan Rusanowsky - Sharks Radio, Play-by-Play Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp

Welcome to the 2012-13 NHL season! It’s really great to be talking about the sport of hockey, the NHL, and the pursuit of the Stanley Cup which begins for the Sharks on Sunday, January 20th on the road in Calgary.

At this writing, the Sharks are on the ice for their very first practice with Todd McLellan, Larry Robinson, and Jim Johnson directing traffic. From the start, a high-tempo, intense series of practices are scheduled, with lots of skating, little time for rest and recovery, and a few twisty surprises thrown in.

That’s the way it’s going to be for all 30 NHL clubs, beginning this week and sprinting all the way to June, and when I say “sprinting,” I mean it. The Sharks are going to have to party like it’s 1995, the last time that a 48-game schedule was played. For those who remember it, it proved to be a topsy-turvy year with many curves of differing cambers, straightaways featuring blazing speed, and surprises for which few could possibly prepare.

One thing that is different this time around is that the biggest unknown factor will be the existence of the three-point game and how it will affect the inevitable losses of momentum that occur in any NHL season. Back in ’95, the Sharks started the season 5-1-0, and then held on for dear life to make the playoffs with a 19-25-4 record, and 42 points. With a three-point game, it could make a standings turnaround all the more difficult in a shortened season.

If one were to extrapolate the last 48 games of the most recently played season, the Sharks would have a record of 24-18-6 and 54 points. Something tells me that mailing in that number right now would produce a result that will look pretty good in the standings, but who can really tell?

As training camp began, the Sharks had 28 players in camp, and the thin area appears to be on defense for the moment. With Brent Burns and Jason Demers not taking part in the first practice because of injuries, that left 15 forwards, 11 defensemen, and 2 goaltenders participating.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 01.10.2013 / 9:00 AM
By Patrick Hooper - Digital Content Developer / The Daily Chomp




Keep submitting Sharks Territory photos, because every week we will post the best 3-5 photos of the week on the Daily Chomp blog. Fans will vote on their favorite photo each week. The winner of the week's best photo will receive a mini Sharks Territory sign autographed by their favorite Sharks player!

Check out this week's top fan photos and be sure to vote on which one you think is the best in the form below. 
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POSTED ON Thursday, 01.03.2013 / 11:02 AM
By Sarah Peters - Digital Content Developer / The Daily Chomp




Keep submitting Sharks Territory photos, because every week we will post the best 3-5 photos of the week on the Daily Chomp blog. Fans will vote on their favorite photo each week. The winner of the week's best photo will receive a mini Sharks Territory sign autographed by their favorite Sharks player!

Read the rest of this blog entry and vote on this week's Sharks Territory finalists.

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POSTED ON Wednesday, 01.02.2013 / 4:29 PM


We just closed out 2012 on a high note. We carry a three game winning streak in to the new year and one thing I've really learned about our team is that it has a lot of talent and character.

Many of our games have been one-goal games and we have ended up on the winning side of most of them. Whenever we have been down, we found a way to come back in many of our games. This has helped us become more confident. It makes the games even more exciting and fun to play. We're looking forward to keeping our current roll going through the next part of the season – although hopefully we can win a few games by more than one goal and skip the dramatics.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 12.27.2012 / 12:15 PM
By Patrick Hooper - Digital Content Developer / The Daily Chomp




Keep submitting Sharks Territory photos, because every week we will post the best 3-5 photos of the week on the Daily Chomp blog. Fans will vote on their favorite photo each week. The winner of the week's best photo will receive a mini Sharks Territory sign autographed by their favorite Sharks player!

Read the rest of this blog entry and vote on this week's Sharks Territory finalists.

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 41 38 23 79
J. Thornton 82 11 65 20 76
P. Marleau 82 33 37 0 70
L. Couture 65 23 31 21 54
B. Burns 69 22 26 26 48
T. Wingels 77 16 22 11 38
D. Boyle 75 12 24 -8 36
J. Demers 75 5 29 14 34
T. Hertl 37 15 10 11 25
M. Nieto 66 10 14 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 12 5 2 .932 1.87
A. Niemi 39 17 7 .913 2.39
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