SAN JOSE — Sharks radio analyst Jamie Baker is moving into the TV booth to fill the vacancy left by Drew Remenda, the popular announcer who was let go in June.

The team said Wednesday that the former Sharks center will handle the TV commentary alongside play-by-play analyst Randy Hahn. Bred Hedican will take Baker's place on radio alongside Dan Rusanowsky.

"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," Sharks chief operating officer John Tortora said in a prepared statement.

Baker, who turns 48 next week, said he was excited about making the move to TV, but also liked the fact he would continue to work with Rusanowsky on digital media and at special events. He recognized the challenge of succeeding Remenda, but made it clear that was not his primary focus.

"I look at it that Drew was great at what he does and very, very popular. You're not going to be able to replace Drew," said Baker, whose goal to upset the Detroit Red Wings in Game 7 of the 1994 playoffs is still considered the most important in franchise history.

His challenge, Baker continued, "is to provide top-notch analysis, make it entertaining, make it educational, make it informative and that's it."


Advertisement

Tortora and the Sharks did not get into specific reasons why Remenda was not brought back, but there was much speculation that his criticism could be too harsh. The fact that he occasionally took time off to spend time with his family in Saskatoon, Sask., was seen as another possible factor.

Meanwhile, reports in Edmonton indicate Remenda, 52, is in line to become the Sportsnet TV analyst for the Oilers, a better fit geographically.

Hedican, 44, has handled "inside the glass" and studio coverage for CSNCA over the past five seasons. A longtime NHL defenseman who won the Stanley Cup with the Carolina Hurricane in 2006, Hedican never played for San Jose but has ties to the Bay Area through his wife, Olympic gold medal skater Kristi Yamaguchi, a native of Fremont. He was a member of Team USA in both the 1992 and 2006 Olympics as well

The team also announced that former player Curtis Brown will have an expanded broadcast role and serve as lead analyst in both the pre-game and post-game shows on CSNCA.

For more on the Sharks, see David Pollak's Working the Corners blog at blogs.mercurynews.com/sharks. Follow him at twitter.com/@PollakOnSharks.