|2014–15 Worcester Sharks season|
|League||American Hockey League (AHL)|
|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
|Affiliates||San Jose Sharks (NHL)
Allen Americans (ECHL)
|Division Championships||1 (2009–10)|
The Worcester Sharks are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL) which began play for the 2006–07 season. Affiliated with the National Hockey League's San Jose Sharks and located in Worcester, Massachusetts, the Sharks play their home games at the DCU Center.
For the 2015–16 season, the team will move to San Jose and play their home games at the parent club's home arena, the SAP Center. They will be one of two AHL teams (along with the Toronto Marlies) to play in the same city as their parent club, though they will be the only team to play in the same arena as their parent, as the Marlies play in the Ricoh Coliseum, not the Leafs' Air Canada Centre, though the Marlies do play games at the ACC on occasion.
- 1 History
- 2 The move to San Jose
- 3 Broadcasters
- 4 Season-by-season results
- 5 Players
- 6 Player records
- 7 Head coaches
- 8 References
- 9 External links
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. 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 AHL affiliate, the Cleveland Barons, 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. 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. 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.
On February 11, 2012 Sommer became the fourth coach in AHL history to record 500 wins with a 3–2 shootout win over Hershey at Giant Center.
The move to San Jose
On January 26, 2015, it was reported that the Sharks would move to San Jose and share SAP Center at San Jose with their parent club, the San Jose Sharks. These reports were confirmed with the Sharks' official announcement on January 29.
This market was previously served by:
- Worcester Warriors (1954–1956) - members of the Eastern Hockey League (1954–55) and Atlantic Hockey League (1955–56)
- Worcester IceCats (1994–2005) - affiliated with the St. Louis Blues
- Eric Lindquist - Play-by-Play
- Eric Lindquist - Play-by-Play
- Kevin Shea - Color Commentary
|Calder Cup Champions||Conference Champions||Division Champions||League Leader|
Records as of July 3, 2014.
|2006–07||80||41||28||3||8||93||.581||247||244||4th, Atlantic||2007||L, 2–4, MCH||—||—||—|
|2007–08||80||32||37||5||6||75||.469||216||258||6th, Atlantic||2008||Out of playoffs|
|2008–09||80||42||35||1||2||87||.544||223||223||4th, Atlantic||2009||W, 4–2, HWP||L, 2–4, PRO||—||—|
|2009–10||80||49||25||3||3||104||.650||275||239||1st, Atlantic||2010||W, 4–1, LOW||L, 2–4, MCH||—||—|
|2010–11||80||36||31||4||9||85||.531||210||245||4th, Atlantic||2011||Out of playoffs|
|2011–12||76||31||33||4||8||74||.487||199||218||5th, Atlantic||2012||Out of playoffs|
|2012–13||76||31||34||4||7||73||.480||191||228||4th, Atlantic||2013||Out of playoffs|
|2013–14||76||36||34||4||2||78||.513||189||226||4th, Atlantic||2014||Out of playoffs|
|Totals||628||298||257||28||45||669||.531||1750||1881||3 Playoff Appearances|
- None, 2006–2007
- Graham Mink, 2007–2008
- Ryan Vesce, 2008–2010
- Jay Leach, 2010–2011
- Mike Moore, 2011–2012
- John McCarthy, 2012–2013
- Rob Davison, 2013–2014
- Bryan Lerg, 2014–present
All-Star Classic representatives
- Mathieu Darche, 2007 Canadian
- Mike Iggulden, 2008 Canadian
- Derek Joslin, 2009 Canadian
- Ryan Vesce, 2009 PlanetUSA
- Logan Couture, 2010 Canadian
- Alex Stalock, 2010 PlanetUSA
- Justin Braun, 2011 Eastern
- Jonathan Cheechoo, 2011 Eastern
- Matt Irwin, 2012 Eastern
- Bracken Kearns, 2013 Eastern
- Matt Taormina, 2015 Eastern
List of Worcester Sharks alumni who played in the National Hockey League:
All-time regular season leaders
- Games Played: Nick Petrecki, 277
- Goals: Dan DaSilva 60
- Assists: Tom Cavanagh, 92
- Points: Dan DaSilva, 144
- PIM: Frazer McLaren, 577
- Wins: Thomas Greiss, 74
- Losses: Thomas Greiss, 60
- Shutouts: Alex Stalock, 4
- Lowest GAA (min. 35 games) : Alex Stalock, 2.55
Individual regular season
- Most Goals: Mathieu Darche, 35 (2006–07)
- Most Assists: Danny Groulx, 52 (2009–10)
- Most Points: Mathieu Darche, 80 (2006–07)
- Most Penalty Minutes: Matt Pelech, 238 (2012–13)
- 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
- Games Played: 14 players tied, 12
- Goals: Patrick Traverse/ Jamie McGinn/ Andrew Desjardins, 4
- Assists: Riley Armstrong, 11
- Points: Riley Armstrong, 14
- First Game & Win: October 6, 2006. Worcester Sharks 4, Portland Pirates 3 [SO]
- Franchise First Goal: October 6, 2006. Worcester Sharks 4, Portland Pirates 3 [SO]. Goal scored by Mathieu Darche
- Franchise First Shutout: January 11, 2008 by Dimitri Patzold. Worcester Sharks 3, Providence Bruins 0.
- Franchise First Hat Trick: December 22, 2006 by Mathieu Darche. Worcester Sharks 6, Manchester Monarchs 4.
- Franchise Largest Crowd: February 24, 2012. 10,170 Providence Bruins 5, Worcester Sharks 3.
Franchise scoring leaders
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
- Roy Sommer, 2006–present
- "Sharks Moving AHL Franchise to SAP Center". San Jose Sharks. January 29, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
- Hockeydb.com, Worcester Sharks season statistics and records.
- "Worcester Sharks Team Roster". Worcester Sharks. Retrieved 2014-03-02.
- "Elite Prospects - Team Roster". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2015-03-02.