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Drew's Thought of the Day - 1/30/2014

Thursday, 01.30.2014 / 1:06 PM
By Drew Remenda - Sharks TV, Color Commentator / Great White Bites
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Drew\'s Thought of the Day - 1\/30\/2014

If you watch and listen to our broadcasts on Comcast Sportsnet California, you may have heard me mention Sharks Video Guru, Brett Heimlich.

Brett and I are kindred spirits because as some of you may know I was the video guy for the team when we first started this little adventure called San Jose Sharks Hockey.

Now when I was doing video, I was referred to as "The Vidiot". For "Bretzky" that is not the case. The kid is a Wiz when it comes to computers and game analysis.

Brett is the operating master behind a system that collects, stores, analyzes, edits and shares digital video and statistical evidence in all of the hockey categories you can think of and some you haven't.

The Sharks made that hefty investment because it is the lifeblood of information for the coaches, management, scouts and players. With the desire being the more you arm an individual with visual facts and figures, the better that individual will become. If your entire hockey department is plugged into that information super highway, then your team and organization will be successful.

Information is power.

However the XO System is mainly used by the coaches to to breakdown games, scout opponents and compile video to improve player performance.

Under the guidance of Todd McLellan and working closely with every member of the coaching staff, Brett diligently produces clear concise video vignettes that help drive home salient points the coaches need to make.

He also pours over voluminous numbers and says to either affirm or dissuade opinions on players, opponents, special teams, faceoffs, shootouts, hits...well you get the picture.

Remember though that any piece of equipment is only as good as the person operating it.

Brettster is about as good as it gets.

But besides his work ethic and technical know-how, I have become a fan of how Brett has grown into a "Hockey Guy".

He breaks down a game as good as anyone I know. He has gained insight working with the great coaches.

He has learned the tough lessons of what it takes to be great working with Todd McLellan.

But you can learn a lot by watching how he works with and interacts with his co-workers. Put aside the pranks, jokes and good natured name calling. Brett treats and is treated with admiration and respect. Admiration and respect that he has earned.

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 ANA 47 31 10 6 139 124 68
2 NSH 45 30 10 5 137 104 65
3 STL 46 29 13 4 148 111 62
4 CHI 47 30 15 2 148 108 62
5 WPG 48 26 14 8 135 117 60
6 SJS 48 25 17 6 131 132 56
7 VAN 45 26 16 3 124 114 55
8 CGY 47 25 19 3 136 125 53
9 LAK 47 20 15 12 129 126 52
10 COL 48 20 18 10 125 137 50
11 DAL 46 21 18 7 144 151 49
12 MIN 46 20 20 6 128 137 46
13 ARI 46 16 25 5 105 156 37
14 EDM 47 12 26 9 109 158 33

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 48 24 18 10 42
L. Couture 48 18 24 2 42
J. Thornton 44 10 27 0 37
B. Burns 48 11 24 -6 35
P. Marleau 48 9 24 -10 33
T. Wingels 47 11 14 -2 25
J. Braun 47 1 18 4 19
T. Hertl 48 8 9 -2 17
M. Vlasic 47 6 10 13 16
J. Sheppard 42 4 9 -2 13
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 19 11 5 .912 2.57
A. Stalock 5 5 1 .905 2.65
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