Steve Maroni, the director of event presentation for the San Jose Sharks, will be traveling to Turin, Italy in February to act as the Executive Venue Producer for all Olympic hockey games at the Palasport Olimpico.
“It is an honor to be considered,” said Maroni of his unique assignment. “It’s a grand scale with a billion people watching. And the overall competition can be more intense.”
Maroni currently produces every aspect of each Sharks home game, including pre-game preparation, anthem singers, intermission features, music selection and video board features and close of the events.
The six-year veteran of the San Jose Sharks worked as Assistant Venue Producer during the Salt Lake City Winter Olympics in February 2002, where he spent four months of preparation with the teams and crew. The Turin experience will last only a month, beginning February 4 and concluding March 1.
“With the Sharks, we usually do 41 regular season games over the course of six months. Now it’s 33 Olympic games in 13 days,” explained Maroni. His schedule will include nine days of women’s games beginning February 11, followed by the men’s tournament starting February 15 and concluding with the medal ceremony on February 26. He will produce up to three games per day with only one day off.
While Maroni will have a front row seat to the best hockey action in the world, he will be joined at the Olympics by five Sharks players, Joe Thornton
(Canada), Evgeni Nabokov and Alex Korolyuk (Russia), Marcel Goc, and Christian Ehrhoff (both Germany). In addition, Sharks assistant equipment manager Roy Sneesby will again work the Easton Sports equipment room, providing equipment repair, equipment operations and skate sharpening for all teams.
“It’s an amazing feeling,” Maroni concluded. “It hasn’t really hit me. There’s so much to do!”