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POSTED ON Wednesday, 02.13.2013 / 10:50 AM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Radio, Color Commentator / Great White Bites

It's Feb 13. The Sharks have played 13 games. I used to wear #13. What does this mean?

Nothing! Zero! Zilch! And that's the problem right now, too many zeros. The Sharks have been shutout two of the last three games, but to their credit have earned a point each time because they too pitched shutouts, at least in regulation time.

The Sharks have scored 11 goals in eight games so it's not hard to figure out what needs to be done - score more goals. I'll say this, scoring woes now are not the end of the world… just ask the 2011-12 Los Angeles Kings.

The short, intense schedule will be a roller coaster the entire time. Enjoy the ride, even the bumpy parts because it's all part of the process of trying to make the playoffs and peak at the right time.

That's my thought for the day. Now I'm going to enjoy a slice of Chi-town.

Cheerios,

Bakes

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POSTED ON Friday, 02.08.2013 / 2:09 PM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Radio, Color Commentator / The Daily Chomp

Jamie Breaks Down This Week's Topics

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POSTED ON Friday, 02.01.2013 / 3:21 PM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Radio, Color Commentator / The Daily Chomp

A breakdown of Joe Pavelski's goal

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POSTED ON Friday, 01.25.2013 / 6:10 PM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Radio, Color Commentator / The Daily Chomp

A breakdown of Marc-Edouard Vlasic's goal

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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 Friday, 12.07.2012 / 6:11 PM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Radio, Color Commentator / The Daily Chomp

This and That

  • The Worcester Sharks started the season 1-4-0-1 to start the season in their first 6 games. Since then the team 10-4-1 and have vaulted to 1st place in the Atlantic Division.

  • It’s clearly a different era in pro sports and it has to do with the year round training athletes do in their teenage and college (Junior) years. Take a look at the NFL and the early success of quarterbacks Andrew Luck of the Colts and Robert Griffin III of the Redskins. Quarterback might be the toughest position to transition into but these guys are having incredible rookie years.

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POSTED ON Friday, 11.16.2012 / 11:30 AM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Radio, Color Commentator / The Daily Chomp

Oh how the aging process sneaks up on you…

When I went back to St. Lawrence University a couple of weekends ago to celebrate the amazing career of my college hockey coach, Joe Marsh, I was reminded that I am getting older. Let’s say reminiscing with old teammates and friends about college stories isn’t quite as enticing now that I have a daughter who is a freshman in college.

I was reminded again this past week of this aging dilemma that we apparently can’t control. The NHL inducted four new players into the prestigious Hockey Hall of Fame (HHOF). Of the four players, I played on the same team as two of them and played against the other two.

JOE SAKIC

Joe Sakic was the quiet assassin, quiet leader and quiet champion after winning two Stanley Cups. He is now quietly forever enshrined in hockey history as a member of the HHOF.

Sakic is also one of the reasons I decided at my first NHL training camp with the Quebec Nordiques that if I was ever going to play in the NHL I better be a good defensive player. Joe’s backhand was harder and more accurate than my slapshot, and his on ice vision and hockey sense was off the charts.

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POSTED ON Friday, 10.26.2012 / 3:30 PM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Radio, Color Commentator / The Daily Chomp

It was December 29, 1988, I was a senior at St. Lawrence University and we were one period from improving to 13-0-0 on the season. We were playing at home, in one of the great barns in the country, Appleton Arena. We defeated Western Michigan the night before and were leading 6-2 heading into the third period. We were ranked No. 1 in the country and would be keeping that ranking after the weekend sweep.

On the first shift of the third period there was a scoring chance and their goalie covered the puck. I turned away after the whistle, when Mike Posma, a player from Western Michigan, decided to slew foot me from behind. My right leg went up in the air as I fell but the toe of my blade on my left skate caught the ice and when I fell I landed on my ankle. The moments that followed are hazy because I was in so much pain.

After the game my coach Joe Marsh came in to the training room to find out what happened and how I was doing. He got the news; I broke my ankle and I was likely done for the season. He was so mad he punched a towel dispenser in the coach’s bathroom.

The next morning he drove me to the hospital to get x-rays. I got my leg and ankle and he got his right hand x-rayed. The news wasn’t good! His hand was broken and he was going to need some type of cast to immobilize it.

My news was worse. The doctor said he had good and bad news and asked what I wanted to hear first. I said the good news to which the doctor replied, “This shouldn’t be a career-ending injury.” That was the good news!

The bad news was I broke my fibula and tore ligaments in my ankle that required season-ending surgery. So I had just played my last game at St. Lawrence and as the Co-Captain. I was going to be a passenger on the top team in the country.

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POSTED ON Thursday, 10.11.2012 / 3:48 PM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Radio, Color Commentator / The Daily Chomp

This tweet on Oct. 3 by Oakland Athletics pitcher Pat Neshek put a lot into perspective:

Gulp! Sigh! Pit in stomach! Sadness ensues!

It’s the worst nightmare for any parent. Even those who are not parents can understand the incredible grief that comes with this type of heart-wrenching story. We're reminded again that sports might be a fabric of our society, but there are things bigger and more important than the outcome of a game.

Here are some tweets after Pat did the unthinkable and pitched against the Detroit Tigers in Game 1 of the ALDS just three nights later:

Fox Sports: MLB - @MLBONFOX
“One of the most inspirational moments in sports!”

Chris Rose - @ChrisRose
“My heart hurts watching Pat Neshek pitch, knowing what he and his wife went through this week.”

Curt Schilling - @gehrig38
“My ankle was a scratch compared to what Pat Neshek just did, not even in the same universe. God Bless him and his wife.”

Brett Anderson - @BrettAnderson49
“Regardless of the outcome... one of the most inspiring things I’ve seen on a baseball field was @PatNeshek pitching in a game today.”

Brody Brazil - @brodiebrazilCSN
“Thanks to @PatNeshek tonight, for providing one of the most inspirational moments I’ve ever seen in sports.”

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POSTED ON Friday, 09.07.2012 / 3:19 PM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Radio, Color Commentator / The Daily Chomp

My wife Colleen Moraga-Baker is an amazing woman. I am lucky man and know it. She took me on a trip for my birthday (which was last week) so we could get some one-on-one time before the season started.

The trip was planned back in April and at the time there was no way to know if there would be a lockout. Whether there is a work stoppage or not, getting away to a secluded island and beautiful place has been amazing.

While laying on the beach the other day she remarked that even on vacation I still talk about hockey and that I truly love the sport and am passionate about it. I guess it's in my blood and always has been, going back to playing hockey in my basement as soon as I was old enough to hold a stick, playing street hockey on Saginaw Crescent in Nepean, Ontario in the freezing cold, or skating on the outdoor rinks or Rideau Canal in Ottawa as a kid.

Then she asked me what I thought was the best part of my job. Being a radio hockey analyst is more of a lifestyle occupation that I happen to love. So here is what I came up with regarding why I have such an awesome job:

5. Teaching

I love being around the game of hockey and one of my passions is teaching and trying to explain something that is difficult to do, sound easy. Everyday I learn something new about hockey and am always working on becoming a better teacher.

4. The San Jose Sharks

I fell in love with this organization when I came here in 1993. The people, the city, the fans, the name of the team, the colors, the logo, the mascot, and nothing has changed since. The Sharks are a class organization from top to bottom, and I'm glad to be a part of this organization from a historical standpoint and as a current broadcaster.

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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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