SAN JOSE – The San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) and Comcast SportsNet California (@CSNAuthentic) today announced that Sharks Alumnus Jamie Baker (@Bakes_Jamie13), who has spent the past nine seasons as the Sharks radio color commentator, has been named the television color commentator for Sharks games broadcast on Comcast SportsNet California.
2006 Stanley Cup Winner and 17-year NHL veteran Bret Hedican (@BretHedican) has been named as the team’s radio color analyst. Hedican will work alongside venerable play-by-play announcer Dan Rusanowsky (@DanRusanowsky), adding his well-respected analysis on the team’s flagship station, 98.5 FM KFOX (@kfox) and the Sharks Radio Network.
Additionally, former Shark and 12-year NHL veteran Curtis Brown will serve as lead analyst for Comcast SportsNet California’s “Sharks Pregame Live” and Sharks Postgame Live” shows.
“We are extremely pleased to have Jamie and Bret on our broadcast team to work alongside Randy Hahn and Dan Rusanowsky,” said Chief Operating Officer John Tortora. “Over the past nine seasons, Jamie has earned the trust of our fans with his candid analysis and breakdown of the game and Bret will bring a fresh and knowledgeable commentary to our radio broadcast. We are excited to be able to have two veteran NHL players complement Randy and Dan, who we feel are the best play-by-play broadcasters in all of hockey. Furthermore, we’re excited that Curtis, another member of the Sharks family, will have an enhanced role on our pre- and post-game telecasts.”
Drawing from his 10-year experience as a National Hockey League player, including three seasons with the Sharks (1993-96), Baker will tandem with and accentuate long-time television announcer Randy Hahn’s (@sharkvoice) play-by-play calls, explaining the finer details and insights of the game, and has occasionally filled in as the color commentator on Sharks television broadcasts in previous seasons.
Baker will continue to appear on Comcast SportsNet California’s “Sharks Pregame Live” and “Sharks Postgame Live” programs. Baker’s high-energy personality, enthusiasm and excellent knowledge of the NHL have greatly enhanced Sharks radio broadcasts over the past nine seasons. In addition, his dedication to grassroots marketing has helped expand the ever-growing youth hockey population in the Bay Area.
In 404 games with Quebec, Ottawa, San Jose (1993-96) and Toronto, he tallied 150 points (71 goals, 79 assists). He also appeared in 25 Stanley Cup Playoff games with the Sharks, posting nine points (five goals, four assists) and 42 penalty minutes.
Baker is still recognized for scoring what has been called the biggest goal in Sharks franchise history. As a member of the 1993-94 Sharks, a team just one year removed from an NHL-record 71 losses, the team posted the largest turnaround in NHL history the following season. The team improved by 58 points and earned a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs. As the No. 8 seed, San Jose drew the Presidents’ Trophy-winning Detroit Red Wings. Baker scored the game-winning, series-clinching goal in Game 7 against Chris Osgood, allowing the Sharks to become the first eighth-seeded NHL team to defeat a No. 1 seed. The victory is also viewed by many as the “flash point” for turning San Jose into a hockey-passionate city.
Hedican joins the Sharks broadcast team full-time after spending the past five seasons as a pre-game, post-game and “Inside the Glass” analyst for Comcast SportsNet California’s coverage of Sharks hockey, and he will continue to appear on both shows. Working with Rusanowsky, Hedican will provide expert, first-hand knowledge of the nuances and inner workings of the game.
Hedican also provided radio color commentary for Westwood One’s coverage of the 2014 men’s and women’s Olympic hockey tournament in Sochi.
A respected and knowledgeable voice, Hedican was a defenseman in the National Hockey League for 17 seasons with the St. Louis Blues, Vancouver Canucks, Florida Panthers, Carolina Hurricanes and Anaheim Ducks. He was a key member of the Carolina Hurricanes 2006 Stanley Cup-winning team, playing in all 25 playoff games and scoring 11 points.
Hedican is also a two-time member of the United States men’s Olympic hockey team (1992, 2006). After a stellar collegiate career at St. Cloud State University, his number 24 was retired by the university in 2010.
A 12-year NHL veteran as a member of the Buffalo Sabres, Chicago Blackhawks and parts of three seasons with the Sharks, Brown joins Comcast SportsNet California full-time as the lead analyst for “Sharks Pregame Live” and “Sharks Postgame Live.” He has been working with the network for the past three seasons as a studio analyst. Brown will co-anchor the pre- and post-game shows with 12-time regional Emmy Award winner Brodie Brazil (@brodiebrazilCSN).
Brown is also the director of San Jose Jr. Sharks youth hockey club.
The Sharks, Comcast SportsNet California and the Sharks Radio Network today also announced their broadcast schedule for the Sharks 2014-15 National Hockey League season. Comcast SportsNet California will broadcast 70 of the team’s games, while 98.5 FM KFOX will cover every game of the Sharks 82-game regular season.
The Sharks will open their 2014-15 regular season schedule at Los Angeles on Oct. 8 with a nationally-broadcast game on NBCSN.
The Sharks will be telecast nationally on NBC Sports Network a total of 11 times, including the 2015 Coors Light Stadium Series™ game against the Los Angeles Kings on Feb 21, 2015 at Levi’s Stadium in Santa Clara, CA, home of the San Francisco 49ers. NBC is scheduled to broadcast the regular season finale when the Sharks visit the Kings.
Comcast SportsNet California will begin their coverage of Sharks hockey for the team’s home opener on Oct. 11 at SAP Center at San Jose against the Winnipeg Jets at 7:00 p.m.
New for all Sharks home games this season is a permanent "Inside The Glass" position on the Sharks bench, where Baker will provide viewers with an up-close-and-personal vantage point for Sharks broadcasts on Comcast SportsNet, bringing fans closer than ever to the action of Sharks hockey.
Seven-time regional Emmy Award winner Hahn will serve as the voice for Comcast SportsNet California’s broadcasts, his 22nd full season calling Sharks hockey.
Comcast SportsNet California’s “Sharks Pregame Live” will lead viewers right to the drop of the puck with a breakdown of the evening’s matchup, insightful analysis, and interviews with Sharks coaches and players. Immediately following Sharks games on Comcast SportsNet California, “Sharks Postgame Live” will provide in-depth game analysis, complete game highlights, a live look at Coach Todd McLellan’s press conference, interviews from the dressing room and player reaction, and a preview of the next game. The shows will be anchored by Brazil and Brown, with additional analysis provided by Hahn, Baker and Hedican.
In addition, Brazil will serve as the host for “SharkByte,” the popular magazine-style Sharks-focused program.
For approximately 24 hours following each game, Comcast SportsNet California’s Sharks telecasts will be available on XFINITY On Demand.
On the radio dial at 98.5 FM KFOX and the Sharks Radio Network, veteran radio play-by-play announcer Rusanowsky will return for his 24th consecutive season as the “Voice of the Sharks,” alongside Hedican.
Radio coverage begins with the popular 30-minute pre-game show, “Sharks Warm-Up,” followed by another popular segment, “Coach’s Chalkboard,” and the game broadcast. When a regular season game originates outside the Pacific Time Zone on a weekday, KFOX joins pre-game coverage with “Coach’s Chalkboard,” while the full program is still available on most Sharks Radio Network affiliate stations and on the Internet. During the playoffs, “Sharks Warm-Up” will air in its entirety on KFOX in all instances.
Affiliate stations bring Sharks radio action throughout Northern California, with a full list of schedules available at www.sjsharksradio.net. Games are also available on SiriusXM satellite radio and the Internet all season long.