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Dan's View from Center Ice - 7/10/2012

Tuesday, 07.10.2012 / 4:58 PM
By Dan Rusanowsky - Sharks Broadcaster / The Daily Chomp
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Dan\'s View from Center Ice - 7\/10\/2012

One day after getting the attention of the hockey world when they brought Hall of Fame defenseman Larry Robinson into the fold as an associate coach, the San Jose Sharks made another exciting addition to their coaching staff on Tuesday.

Jim Johnson has joined the organization, and his addition brings another experienced hand into the coach’s office. You’ll likely see that he’s 49 years old, a 14-year NHL veteran, another former defenseman, and a man who has coached internationally for USA Hockey, for Lugano in Switzerland and with several NHL teams, including the Washington Capitals where he assisted Dale Hunter last season.

But I want to focus on the apropos age, 49. That intersects with my first thought upon hearing the name, Jim Johnson. Now that Jim is here, I’ll have to have him solve a little question that I have concerning him.

It was during one of the Cow Palace seasons. The Sharks were an exciting, new expansion team with more enthusiasm than wins and everyone was coming to Daly City to check out the Bay Area’s new sports arrival.

The locker rooms at the Cow Palace are upstairs, and there was a large loading dock area between them where players from both teams used to congregate after games ended to catch up. It was here on one occasion when the Minnesota North Stars were in town, that I watched a player, cane in hand and clearly recovering from surgery, hobble his way up to the entrance to the building.

It was at that moment that the number “49” and Jim Johnson came together all those years ago. The player in question was not a hockey player, but he hobbled up to me and said, “I’m looking for Jim Johnson. He’s a friend of mine.”

The player in question was none other than San Francisco 49ers quarterback Steve Bono, who apparently became acquainted with Johnson when both were in Pittsburgh while Bono was understudying for the Steelers and Johnson was playing for Burgh Hockey.

Johnson is a good team man who will be a sound addition to the Sharks. Given that Steve Bono and family live in Palo Alto, I guess that Johnson has some built in friends who will show him around. It may also mean that Bono could be stopping by HP Pavilion every once in a while, but hopefully he won’t be doing it after banging up his knee and requiring surgery.

But on a most serious side, the additions of both Larry Robinson and Jim Johnson have brought two men with tremendous experiences to the team’s coaching staff, and that should be great news for all Sharks fans as another great season approaches.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 77 48 22 7 225 215 103
2 x - NSH 76 47 21 8 218 183 102
3 STL 75 46 22 7 228 186 99
4 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
5 CHI 74 44 24 6 209 172 94
6 VAN 75 43 27 5 215 203 91
7 WPG 75 39 24 12 212 197 90
8 LAK 75 37 24 14 200 188 88
9 CGY 75 40 28 7 219 199 87
10 DAL 76 37 29 10 236 243 84
11 SJS 75 37 30 8 210 212 82
12 COL 75 35 28 12 205 209 82
13 EDM 75 22 40 13 181 254 57
14 ARI 76 23 45 8 160 252 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 75 36 31 10 67
J. Thornton 71 14 48 -4 62
L. Couture 75 24 37 -4 61
B. Burns 75 16 39 -5 55
P. Marleau 75 17 35 -17 52
T. Wingels 68 15 20 -5 35
T. Hertl 75 12 17 -2 29
M. Nieto 65 8 16 -11 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
M. Karlsson 46 13 9 -2 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 7 7 1 .902 2.60
A. Niemi 29 22 7 .914 2.62
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