First it was Cheech… then Big Joe. Now the Sharks organization will have their time on the small
screen as they’re featured in the season premiere of USA Network’s “Monk” on Jan. 19.
In the episode “Mr. Monk Makes a Friend,” the Sharks are shown playing the Vancouver Canucks while Monk bonds with his new friend, Hal (played by Andy Richter).
Actual game footage of the Sept. 21 preseason game at HP Pavilion (the Sharks beat the Canucks 2-0) will be synchronized with additional footage shot at the Great Western Forum featuring stunt players dressed as Sharks and Canucks.
“Monk” stars Tony Shalhoub as a former member of the San Francisco Police Department who now works as a private consultant with an obsessive-compulsive disorder. The show chose the Sharks based on their proximity to San Francisco.
While the role didn’t call for much from the players, plenty of effort came from Sharks Equipment Manager Mike Aldrich and his staff and SVS&E Merchandising General Manager Mary Keen.
In the midst of an early season road trip, the equipment staff was responsible for ensuring that three full Sharks uniforms, with no names, were sent out to the production studios in less than 36 hours, while Keen made sure enough Sharks merchandise made it to the studio to recreate the Sharks Store.
Previously, Jonathan Cheechoo and Joe Thornton
were featured in a series of NHL commercials, while Sharks television color analyst Marty McSorley has appeared in “CSI: Miami,” “Do Me a Favor,” “Con Air,” “Forget Paris” and “Bad Boys.” The new episode of “Monk” will mark the first time the Sharks have been featured as a team on a series show.
Be sure to tune in to the episode or set your DVR’s on Friday, Jan. 19 at 9 p.m. (Pacific).