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Friday's Baker's Blog - 9/7/2012

Friday, 09.07.2012 / 3:19 PM
By Jamie Baker - Sharks Radio, Color Commentator / The Daily Chomp
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Friday\'s Baker\'s Blog - 9\/7\/2012

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.

3. Watching the best coaches and players on a daily basis

The players in the NHL make the game look easy and at the same time they have to play with little or no time or space every shift, every night. It's fun watching the best players in the world play and watching the coaches find different angles and ways to get that little extra advantage in a very competitive League.

2. Dan Rusanowsky

Dan is the best! I often refer to him as Ruzzie or The Ruzzinator because we have been friends going back to our time at St. Lawrence University in 1985 when I was a wet behind the ears freshman on the hockey team and he was calling the play-by-play for the team. Since I took the job eight years ago, Dan has maintained his philosophy that our show be organic, meaning that while we both prepare for every show we don't plan segments or what we are going to say. It's organic, it's real, it's two guys who love the game of hockey and the San Jose Sharks.

1. The Fans

There is something different about us hockey fans, and yes, I still consider myself a huge fan. My goal as a broadcaster is to try and inform, entertain and educate hockey fans. Without knowing who is listening, it could be a hockey novice or someone who is well versed in all the intricacies that this awesome sport provides. Dan, Randy, Drew and I go into every game trying to offer something that everyone can grab onto and remember, whether it's a stat (inform), a story or joke (entertain), or a subtlety of the game they never thought of before (educate). Bottom line, we do this for you, and we think the world of all you dedicated hockey fans.

For The Daily Chomp Blog, I'm Jamie Baker.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
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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
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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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