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

Tuesday, 07.10.2012 / 4:58 PM
By Dan Rusanowsky - Sharks Radio, Play-by-Play 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 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

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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
 
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A. Stalock 12 5 2 .932 1.87
A. Niemi 39 17 7 .913 2.39
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