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Tuesday, August 21, 2007
Ex-Sharks Ricci, Marchment move from ice to front office

Associated Press

SAN JOSE, Calif. -- Former San Jose Sharks players Mike Ricci and Bryan Marchment returned to the club Tuesday as executives in the hockey operations department.

Ricci, a longtime San Jose fan favorite who ended his 16-year NHL career with the Phoenix Coyotes last month, will be an adviser to the hockey operations staff and general manager Doug Wilson. Marchment, a veteran defenseman, will be a scout and a player development executive.

"Both these guys epitomize what hockey players are all about," Wilson said in a phone interview. "Both of these guys make us a better organization today. Nobody competed harder than these guys, and when they speak, people listen. I think both of them will have a huge impact in this organization."

Ricci, who moved his family back to San Jose this summer after two seasons in Phoenix, also will assist the Sharks with marketing, promotions and community relations. He spent 529 of his 1,099 NHL games with San Jose, scoring 263 points in teal while becoming the Shark Tank crowd's favorite player.

"I'm going to try a little bit of everything," said Ricci, who played just seven games last year after offseason neck surgery. "It's kind of as I was as a player. I want to do anything I can to help my team win. It's a pretty broad thing that I'm going to be doing, and hopefully I can do a bunch of things."

Ricci's wife and three children grew to love Silicon Valley during his seven seasons with the Sharks, and they decided to make it their full-time home.

"When I got traded to San Jose, my buddies all laughed," the 35-year-old Ontario native said. "They said, 'You're not much of a California boy.' Now it's known as a hockey town. When players come here, they know the building is going to be rocking."

Marchment will serve as a San Jose scout in the Toronto area. He also will work with the Sharks' prospects at their top minor-league affiliate in Worcester, Mass., and in Canadian major junior hockey.

Marchment played 926 NHL games with nine clubs, racking up 2,307 penalty minutes as one of the league's most intimidating hitters and fighters. He played 334 games during parts of six seasons with San Jose, fifth-most among defensemen in franchise history.