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 1996
Operated 20062015
Home arena DCU Center

Pacific teal, Black, White, Burnt Orange

Owner(s) San Jose Sports & Entertainment Enterprises (Hasso Plattner, Governor)
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
2001–2006 Cleveland Barons
2006–2015 Worcester Sharks
2015– San Jose Barracuda
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.[1] They will be one of three AHL teams to play in the same city as their parent club.

Worcester will not receive an ECHL team to replace the relocated AHL team, unlike other makets with relocating AHL teams, such as Manchester, New Hampshire and Norfolk, Virginia.


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.[2] 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.[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 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[edit]

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.[1] On April 2, 2015 the team was announced as the San Jose Barracuda.

This market was previously served by:


  • Eric Lindquist - Play-by-Play
  • Eric Lindquist - Play-by-Play
  • Kevin Shea - Color Commentary

Season-by-season results[edit]

Calder Cup Champions Conference Champions Division Champions League Leader

Records as of April 21, 2015.[3]


Current roster[edit]

Updated March 26, 2015.[4][5]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
10 Germany Abeltshauser, KonradKonrad Abeltshauser D R 22 2013 Bad Tölz, Germany San Jose
43 Canada Bonneau, JimmyJimmy Bonneau LW L 30 2011 Baie-Comeau, Quebec Worcester
22 United States Carpenter, RyanRyan Carpenter RW R 24 2014 Oviedo, Florida San Jose
25 Canada Ciampini, DanielDaniel Ciampini LW R 24 2015 Concord, Ontario Worcester
26 South Africa Coetzee, WillieWillie Coetzee (PTO) RW R 24 2014 Johannesburg, South Africa Worcester
33 United States Crane, ChrisChris Crane RW R 23 2015 West Chester, Ohio San Jose
8 United States DeBlois, DerekDerek DeBlois (PTO) RW R 24 2015 Warwick, Rhode Island Worcester
29 Canada Dell, AaronAaron Dell G L 25 2014 Airdrie, Alberta San Jose
2 Canada DeMelo, DylanDylan DeMelo D R 21 2012 London, Ontario San Jose
4 Canada Doherty, TaylorTaylor Doherty D R 24 2011 Cambridge, Ontario San Jose
41 Sweden Emanuelsson, PetterPetter Emanuelsson F R 23 2013 Kiruna, Sweden San Jose
1 United States Grosenick, TroyTroy Grosenick G L 25 2013 Brookfield, Wisconsin San Jose
18 Canada Haley, MichealMicheal Haley (A) LW L 29 2014 Guelph, Ontario San Jose
7 United States Hayes, EriahEriah Hayes RW R 26 2012 La Crescent, Minnesota Worcester
28 United States Langlois, JeremyJeremy Langlois RW R 24 2014 Tempe, Arizona Worcester
11 United States Lerg, BryanBryan Lerg (C) LW L 29 2014 Livonia, Michigan San Jose
17 United States McCarthy, JohnJohn McCarthy LW L 28 2015 Boston, Massachusetts Blues
21 Canada Oleksuk, TravisTravis Oleksuk C L 26 2012 Thunder Bay, Ontario San Jose
39 Canada Parkes, TrevorTrevor Parkes RW R 23 2015 Fort Erie, Ontario Worcester
30 Canada Rumpel, JoelJoel Rumpel (ATO) G L 24 2015 Swift Current, Saskatchewan Worcester
24 Sweden Ryan, JoakimJoakim Ryan (ATO) D L 21 2015 Rumson, New Jersey Worcester
27 Canada Schwartz, RylanRylan Schwartz C L 25 2012 Wilcox, Saskatchewan San Jose
37 Canada Stollery, KarlKarl Stollery D L 27 2015 Camrose, Alberta San Jose
20 United States Taormina, MattMatt Taormina (A) D L 28 2014 Warren, Michigan Worcester
5 United States Tennyson, MattMatt Tennyson D R 25 2012 Minneapolis, Minnesota San Jose
13 Canada Trupp, EvanEvan Trupp C L 27 2014 Anchorage, Alaska San Jose
15 United States Willows, MattMatt Willows (ATO) RW L 23 2015 Congers, New York Worcester
3 United States Young, GusGus Young D L 23 2014 Dedham, Massachusetts Worcester

Team captains[edit]

All-Star Classic representatives[edit]

Notable alumni[edit]

List of Worcester Sharks alumni who played in the National Hockey League:

Player records[edit]

All-time regular season leaders[edit]

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: 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[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
Dan DaSilva RW 239 60 84 144
John McCarthy* LW 253 56 82 138
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
Brandon Mashinter LW 236 54 54 108
Benn Ferriero C 121 44 59 103

Head coaches[edit]


  1. ^ a b "Sharks Moving AHL Franchise to SAP Center". San Jose Sharks. January 29, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 
  2. ^ http://www.oursportscentral.com/services/releases/?id=3099733&l_id=&t_id=
  3. ^ Hockeydb.com, Worcester Sharks season statistics and records.
  4. ^ "Worcester Sharks Team Roster". Worcester Sharks. Retrieved 2014-03-02. 
  5. ^ "Elite Prospects - Team Roster". Elite Prospects. Retrieved 2015-03-02. 

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