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Popular Sharks television analyst taking leave of absence

SAN JOSE — Jamie Baker is taking a leave of absence from his duties as the Sharks’ color analyst for NBC Sports California to attend to a personal matter, the team announced in a statement Saturday afternoon.
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In Baker’s absence, Bret Hedican will handle color commentating duties on NBCSCA and David Maley will fill Hedican’s role as the color analyst on the Sharks’ Radio Network, joining play-by-play announcer Dan Rusanowsky.
Baker, 51, played 186 games for the Sharks, mostly from 1992-1996, and played one last game for San Jose on Oct. 10, 1999 before his retirement. Baker scored one of the biggest goals in franchise history, netting the game-winner in Game 7 of the Sharks’ upset of the Detroit Red Wings in the first round of the 1994 playoffs.
This season was Baker’s 13th in the Sharks’ broadcast booth, and his fourth as the full-time television commentator alongside play-by-play commentator Randy Hahn. Prior to joining the television broadcasts, Baker was alongside Rusanowsky in the radio booth.
Baker, a native of Nepean, Ontario, played four seasons at St. Lawrence University from 1985-1989 before he turned professional. Baker played 404 regular season games in the NHL over nine-plus seasons, finishing with 150 points and 271 penalty minutes. Baker had five goals and four assists in 25 playoff games, all with the Sharks.

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