Worcester Sharks

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Worcester Sharks
2014–15 Worcester Sharks season
Worcester Sharks.svg
City Worcester, Massachusetts
League American Hockey League (AHL)
Conference Eastern Conference
Division Atlantic Division
Founded 2006
Home arena DCU Center

Pacific teal, Black, White, Burnt Orange

Owner(s) San Jose Sports & Entertainment Enterprises (Greg Jamison, President & CEO)
General manager Joe Will
Head coach Roy Sommer
Media Worcester Telegram & Gazette
WTAG AM 580 & FM 94.9
Charter TV3
Affiliates San Jose Sharks (NHL)
Allen Americans (ECHL)
Franchise history
1996–2001 Kentucky Thoroughblades
2006–present Worcester Sharks
Division Championships 1 (2009–10)

The Worcester Sharks are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL). The franchise is located in Worcester, Massachusetts and play their home games at the DCU Center in Downtown Worcester. The Sharks and the city of Worcester hosted the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic.


On November 9, 2004 the St. Louis Blues announced the sale of the Worcester IceCats to the owners of their ECHL affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen.[1] The new owners moved the franchise to Peoria, IL, for the 2005–06 season. Shocked by the loss of the IceCats, the people of Worcester bargained with several National Hockey League (NHL) franchises, trying to bring hockey back to the city. On January 6, 2006, the San Jose Sharks announced that they were moving their inactive AHL affiliate, the Kentucky Thoroughblades, to Worcester, Massachusetts, and the Worcester Sharks played their first home game on October 14, 2006, in front of a sold-out 7,230 fans in a shootout loss to the Portland Pirates. The Sharks qualified for the postseason in their first season, but were knocked out in six games by the Manchester Monarchs in the first round.

The Sharks' main rival is the Providence Bruins, which dates all the way back to early IceCats' days.[citation needed] Over the past few years, a rivalry with the Norfolk Admirals has developed. Even though they play each other three or four times a year, the games are usually very intense and physical usually containing fights, including multiple line brawls, once including a goalie fight between Thomas Greiss and Jonathan Boutin.[citation needed] The Sharks were well represented in the 2010 Winter Olympics held in Vancouver, with former Sharks Joe Pavelski (played for the U.S.A.), Douglas Murray (represented Sweden) along with the goaltending tandem from the franchise's first two years with Thomas Greiss and Dimitri Patzold suited up for Germany.

On Sunday November 1, 2009, Head Coach Roy Sommer became only the fourth coach in AHL history to record 400 wins. Currently, Sommer is the longest tenured coach in the AHL. Then, on January 14, 2011, Sommer was behind the Sharks bench for his 1,000th regular-season game as an American Hockey League head coach, becoming just the fourth man in AHL history to reach that milestone.[citation needed]

On February 11, 2012 Roy became the fourth coach in AHL history to record 500 wins with a 3-2 shootout win over Hershey at Giant Center.

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Season-by-season results[edit]

Calder Cup Champions Conference Champions Division Champions League Leader

Records as of July 3, 2014.[2]


Current roster[edit]

Updated November 12, 2014.[3][4]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
10 Germany Abeltshauser, KonradKonrad Abeltshauser D R 22 2013 Bad Tölz, Germany San Jose
34 Canada Anderson, J. P.J. P. Anderson G R 22 2012 Toronto, Ontario San Jose
43 Canada Bonneau, JimmyJimmy Bonneau LW L 29 2011 Baie-Comeau, Quebec Worcester
22 United States Carpenter, RyanRyan Carpenter F R 24 2014 Oviedo, Florida San Jose
33 United States Crane, ChrisChris Crane F R 23 2010 West Chester, Ohio San Jose
2 Canada DeMelo, DylanDylan DeMelo D R 21 2012 London, Ontario San Jose
4 Canada Doherty, TaylorTaylor Doherty D R 23 2011 Cambridge, Ontario San Jose
41 Sweden Emanuelsson, PeterPeter Emanuelsson F R 23 2013 Kiruna, Sweden San Jose
14 Canada Fedun, TaylorTaylor Fedun D R 26 2014 Edmonton, Alberta San Jose
1 United States Grosenick, TroyTroy Grosenick G L 25 2013 Brookfield, Wisconsin San Jose
18 Canada Haley, MichealMicheal Haley LW L 28 2014 Guelph, Ontario San Jose
12 Canada Hamilton, FreddieFreddie Hamilton C R 23 2012 Toronto, Ontario San Jose
15 Sweden Karlsson, MelkerMelker Karlsson F R 24 2014 Lycksele, Sweden San Jose
28 United States Langlois, JeremyJeremy Langlois RW R 24 2014 Tempe, Arizona Worcester
11 United States Lerg, BryanBryan Lerg F L 29 2014 Livonia, Michigan San Jose
21 Canada Oleksuk, TravisTravis Oleksuk C L 25 2012 Thunder Bay, Ontario San Jose
27 Canada Schwartz, RylanRylan Schwartz C L 28 2012 Wilcox, Saskatchewan San Jose
19 Russia Tarasov, DaniilDaniil Tarasov RW R 23 2012 Moscow, Soviet Union San Jose
20 United States Taormina, MattMatt Taormina D L 28 2014 Warren, Michigan Worcester
5 United States Tennyson, MattMatt Tennyson D R 24 2012 Minneapolis, Minnesota San Jose
13 Canada Trupp, EvanEvan Trupp C L 27 2014 Anchorage, Alaska San Jose
3 United States Young, GusGus Young D L 23 2014 Dedham, Massachusetts Worcester

Team captains[edit]

All-Star Classic Representatives[edit]

Player records[edit]

All-time regular season leaders[edit]

  • Wins: Thomas Greiss, 74
  • Losses: Thomas Greiss, 60
  • Shutouts: Alex Stalock, 4
  • Lowest GAA (min. 35 games) : Alex Stalock, 2.55

Individual regular season[edit]

  • Most Goals: Mathieu Darche, 35 (2006–07)
  • Most Assists: Danny Groulx, 52 (2009–10)
  • Most Points: Mathieu Darche, 80 (2006–07)
  • Most Penalty Minutes: Brennan Evans, 211 (2007–08)
  • Most Power-Play Goals: Mathieu Darche, 16 (2006–07)
  • Most Shorthanded Goals: Ryan Vesce, 3 (2008–09)
  • Most Appearances: Alex Stalock, 61 (2009–10)
  • Most Minutes Played: Alex Stalock, 3,534 (2009–10)
  • Most Wins: Alex Stalock, 39 (2009–10)
  • Most Losses: Thomas Greiss, 24 (2008–09)
  • Most Shutouts: Alex Stalock, 4 (2009–10)
  • Lowest GAA (min. 25 games): Thomas Greiss, 2.47 (2008–09)
  • Highest Save Percentage (min. 25 games): Thomas Greiss, .912 (2006–07)

All-time playoff leaders[edit]

Franchise firsts[edit]

Franchise scoring leaders[edit]

These are the top-ten point-scorers in franchise history. Figures are updated after each completed AHL regular season. Note: Pos = Position; GP = Games Played; G = Goals; A = Assists; Pts = Points; * = current Sharks player

Player Pos GP G A Pts
Tom Cavanagh C 202 46 92 138
Steven Zalewski C 210 41 87 128
Lukas Kaspar LW 216 46 79 125
Mike Iggulden C 151 59 64 123
Graham Mink RW 132 55 63 118
Riley Armstrong RW 208 59 53 112
Dan DaSilva RW 178 43 64 107
Brandon Mashinter* LW 230 52 51 104
Benn Ferriero C 121 44 59 103
Ryan Vesce LW 102 38 63 101

Head coaches[edit]


External links[edit]