It was right place, right time for San Jose Sharks icon Randy Hahn.
In 1988, the Edmonton native and his then-wife, meteorologist Roberta Gonzales, were living in San Diego. But Gonzales had just been hired by a San Jose television station, and Hahn saw a column in the San Jose Mercury News that would change his life.
“We paid to have the Mercury News mailed to us, in those days you could buy a subscription by mail, there was no internet then. It’d be like three or four days old, but we wanted to start to get a feel for the community by reading the paper, and also, looking at ads for places to rent because we were going to move there and whatnot,” the San Jose Sharks TV play-by-play man, on the eve of 2,000 games called, told San Jose Hockey Now.
“There was a very famous writer for the Mercury News. It was a local notes column. It was like Herb Caen in San Francisco at the Chronicle. This guy’s name was Leigh Weimers, and he would write about local things, local stories, local personalities, things that were going on around town. It was probably the most widely read thing in the Mercury News, outside of the sports page or the financial page.
“And in Leigh Weimers’s column was a story about a group of hockey enthusiasts who were going to meet at the House of Pizza in San Jose, which still exists to this day, and they were going to talk about trying to bring an NHL team to San Jose.”
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