A day after being named the San Jose Sharks new television color analyst, former Sharks player and 18-year NHL veteran Marty McSorley was already hard at work. The newest member of the FSN Bay Area’s Sharks broadcast team kept busy Thursday, fielding questions about his new role from his home in Hermosa Beach, Calif.
McSorley joins Sharks television play-by-play broadcaster Randy Hahn and is passionate about his new opportunity.
“I get the opportunity to follow somebody that worked as hard as he did and handled himself with a tremendous amount of class,” McSorley said of former Sharks television color analyst Drew Remenda. “He was a good professional and created a great scenario with the San Jose Sharks. I just want to do as well as I can and be myself and follow in great footsteps. I’m looking forward to it.”
McSorley, who spent the 2005-06 season working for FSN West in Los Angeles, provided in-studio coverage and analysis for the Los Angeles Kings and the Anaheim Ducks broadcasts.
No stranger to the camera, McSorley has also made a few cameo appearances while in Hollywood, acting in the action film “Con Air” and on the television crime drama, “CSI: Miami.” However, McSorley’s attention has shifted and he is dedicated and focused on his new role with FSN Bay Area and the Sharks broadcast team.
Drawing not only on his past experiences in Hollywood and on FSN West, McSorley will also draw on his time with ESPN’s professional beach roller hockey league program, where he routinely sat in on telecasts to gain industry experience.
“I kind of got my feet wet and got a chance to do color commentary in a different format,” said McSorley. “You learn your timing and just get more comfortable with the flow of the game and explaining different things. You find out how to get on and off (the air) and also find out when it’s best not to say anything.”
McSorley, who spent the 1996-97 and 1997-98 seasons with the Sharks, plans on getting a place in the Bay Area so he can remain in close contact with the day-to-day operations of the team.
“My wife and I really enjoyed our time in San Jose and we’re looking forward to coming up and joining the Sharks family again.”