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Bidding Drew adieu
Colorful color man headed back to Saskatchewan
5/18/06 - By Steve Flores

So finally it all comes to an end. A great run was had. It was a thrill a minute and I think San Jose Sharks fans enjoyed every moment of it. Of course, I am talking about the 2005-2006 season but I am also speaking of Drew Remenda.

Remenda has been the Sharks television color commentator for 6 years now working with the voice that is Randy Hahn. Remenda tendered his resignation effective with the conclusion of the Sharks 2-0 game 6 loss to Edmonton in the Western conference Semi-Finals. Prior to and during his time with the club Remenda has also served as the radio color guy with Dan Rusanowsky and as an Assistant Coach with the team. Remenda began his career with the Sharks in 1991 and he, quite frankly, had become the most recognizable face and proponent of the team from a fans perspective.

Always affable and forever likeable, Remenda's personality was one of honesty and integrity on air. He holds a passion for both life and for the game of hockey that came across whenever I had the good fortune to listen to him.

The Bay Area is not the world's biggest hot bed of hockey passion. Other cities (mostly in Canada and the Northeastern USA) have a richer, older tradition of NHL ties and hockey lore. The Bay Area is a relative newcomer to hockey and, until Drew's arrival, this area really hadn't found a voice to cling to in regard to the sport.

The Bay is rich in broadcasting tradition having seen the likes of Bill King, Lon Simmons, Greg Papa, Hank Greenwald, Ted Robinson and Al Michaels but none of them worked hockey in the Bay Area.

Remenda had a style that actually made you interested beyond the game. He brought a contest home to you and made sure you were entertained. Remenda had and uncanny ability to keep us enthralled with a mid-season clash against the Los Angeles Kings or would give us a reason to not change the channel if the Sharks were getting eaten alive early in a 3rd period.

He is a pro my friends.

Remenda's 'Shark Byte's are near legendary in their ability to both teach and give us all a different perspective on the team, the players and the game itself. His repoire with Hahn was once in a lifetime and I wish good luck to whoever has the truly difficult role of trying to replace him.

Remenda will be moving back to his hometown of Saskatoon where he can spend more time with his wife and three kids as he should. The Sharks deserve credit for trying various ways to keep the talented personality involved with the team in some capacity but that was not to be. He leaves neither for money nor a higher profile job with Hockey Night in Canada but for a far more important reason: Family.

I have heard him in a couple of radio interviews since his announced resignation and I know that he will miss both his role in the community here in the South Bay as well as his identity as the face of the San Jose Sharks.

Not dead and never to be forgotten I, the Sharks and the fans of this team will miss Drew Remenda.


Contact Steve at stevybo@yahoo.com



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