Of all the terrible things that happened between That Series in 2014 and the start of the 2015 season, the firing of Drew Remenda stands out as the most unnecessary. Whether you liked what he added to broadcasts or not, Remenda was a part of the Sharks family. He, like Randy Hahn and Dan Rusanowsky, provided the soundtrack for our favorite hockey team.
Remenda gave an interview to the San Jose Mercury News, which you should read even though it'll make you feel kinda guilty that Remenda isn't around for this series. Not that he'd be working, of course, even Hahn has been "on vacation" since game five in Los Angeles, but it feels weird for the Sharks to finally reach the Final without Remenda in tow.
His answers are interesting, but the two below stood out the most to me.
Q: What were your emotions watching the final seconds of Game 6 against St. Louis, as the Sharks clinched a berth in the Final?
A: "For sure, I was thinking about Joe and Patty (Marleau). I watched Patty grow up. But then I thought about Mike Aldrich, the equipment manager who's been there for a long time. I thought about Rosemary Tebaldi (director of hockey administration) and Mary Grace Miller (legal coordinator). And of course, I thought about Rus and Randy (broadcasters Dan Rusanowsky and Randy Hahn). Those guys absolutely bleed teal. So my thoughts were with the support people. They put their heart into it. I'm really happy for them ... And I thought about the fans. They were really good to me. They embraced me."
Q: Did you miss being a part of it?
A: "It's bittersweet for me. I was with the Sharks for almost 20 years. There's a huge connection for me and the team -- 99.6 percent of the people there, I really love. I would have liked to be a part of it. I would have liked to have shared the moment with my friends there.
"When (Joe) Pavelski scored that goal in the third period of Game 5 in St. Louis, I let out a little, 'Yes!' My wife said, 'Why are you cheering for that team? They fired you.' And I was like, 'I know.' But there's that saying: Your friends' success is better than your foes' demise. It's more sweet than bitter for me."
Thanks for all the good memories, Drew.