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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 ANA 66 42 17 7 196 179 91
2 NSH 65 41 17 7 193 158 89
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 65 32 21 12 180 175 76
6 VAN 63 36 24 3 182 173 75
7 MIN 63 34 22 7 179 163 75
8 CGY 63 34 25 4 178 162 72
9 LAK 63 30 21 12 171 164 72
10 SJS 65 32 25 8 185 183 72
11 COL 64 28 25 11 170 183 67
12 DAL 64 28 26 10 199 212 66
13 ARI 64 20 37 7 139 218 47
14 EDM 64 18 36 10 145 213 46

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 65 32 28 14 60
L. Couture 65 22 33 1 55
J. Thornton 61 12 43 1 55
B. Burns 65 16 32 -1 48
P. Marleau 65 15 33 -14 48
T. Wingels 58 13 16 -3 29
T. Hertl 65 10 15 -1 25
M. Vlasic 60 8 12 14 20
M. Nieto 55 6 14 -8 20
J. Braun 54 1 19 7 20
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 25 17 7 .913 2.61
A. Stalock 6 7 1 .904 2.66
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