San Jose Barracuda

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San Jose Barracuda
2020–21 AHL season
San Jose Barracuda logo.svg
CitySan Jose, California
LeagueAmerican Hockey League
DivisionPacific
Founded1996
Home arenaSAP Center
ColorsTeal, orange, black, white, gray
         
Owner(s)San Jose Sports & Entertainment Enterprises (Hasso Plattner, Governor)
General managerJoe Will
Head coachRoy Sommer
MediaSan Jose Mercury News
CSN California
KDOW (1220 AM)
AHL.TV (Internet)
AffiliatesSan Jose Sharks (NHL)
Franchise history
1996–2001Kentucky Thoroughblades
2001–2006Cleveland Barons
2006–2015Worcester Sharks
2015–presentSan Jose Barracuda
Championships
Division Championships1 (2016–17)

The San Jose Barracuda are a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL) that began play in the 2015–16 season. Affiliated with the National Hockey League's San Jose Sharks, the Barracuda shares the SAP Center with its parent club until a new adjacent arena is completed.

The Barracuda is a relocation of the former Worcester Sharks AHL franchise; it joined several other AHL franchises to form the AHL's Pacific Division in 2015.

History[edit]

On January 29, 2015, the San Jose Sharks announced that they would be moving their AHL affiliate, the Worcester Sharks, to San Jose, California, as one of five charter members of the AHL's new Pacific Division. The team would play at the SAP Center at San Jose, being one of two of the current AHL teams to share a home arena with its parent club (along with the Manitoba Moose sharing Bell MTS Place with their parent Winnipeg Jets).[1]

On April 1, 2015, the Silicon Valley Business Journal reported that the Sharks had signed a multi-year presenting sponsorship with Barracuda Networks to be the AHL team's presenting sponsor; the team name would be the San Jose Barracuda and the reported team logo would feature the corporate logo in the background. Neither the Sharks nor Barracuda would comment, however, they stated that an official announcement would come later in the week.[2] The name and logo were confirmed the next day in a joint press release.[3] The team retained longtime AHL head coach Roy Sommer with the relocation.

Friday October 9, 2015 marked the first official game in Barracuda history. They took on the Rockford IceHogs at home, coming up on the losing end of a 4–2 score. Micheal Haley scored the first ever franchise goal while on a power play in the first period. The Barracuda picked up the first win in franchise history while visiting the Stockton Heat on October 15, 2015 by a score of 4–1.[4]

On February 10, 2016, head coach Roy Sommer broke the record for most wins as an AHL coach, picking up his 637th win against the Ontario Reign by the score of 4–2.

The Barracuda finished the season 31–26–8–3. Its .527 winning percentage meant that it was matched up against the Ontario Reign during the Pacific Division semifinals. After splitting the first two games of the best-of-five series, the Barracuda came out on the losing end of game three by a 3–1 score, and also lost game four by a score of 4–1 to end their season. Bryan Lerg and Nikolay Goldobin led the team in goals with 21, while Ryan Carpenter had a team high 55 points. Goaltender Aaron Dell played a team high 40 games in net for the Barracuda, while winning 17 of them.[5] The team's average attendance of 4,412 placed them 24th of 30 in the AHL.[6]

The Barracuda's 2016–17 season would be more successful than its first season, winning 14 consecutive games from January 15 to March 1 and winning the Pacific Division and Western Conference. Goaltender Troy Grosenick won the "Baz" Bastien Award as the AHL's outstanding goaltender. The Barracuda made it to the Western Conference finals during the 2017 Calder Cup playoffs before being eliminated by the Grand Rapids Griffins four-games-to-one.

The Barracuda were the final team to make the playoffs in 2018, winning multiple games in a row. They were eliminated in the first round by the Tucson Roadrunners.

In 2018–19, the Barracuda led the AHL's Pacific Division for most of the first half of the season before the Bakersfield Condors went on a 17-game winning streak, and finished in second place in the division, four points behind the Condors. The Barracuda lost in the first round of the 2019 Calder Cup playoffs three games to one against the San Diego Gulls.

During the 2019–20 season, head coach Sommer was called up to the Sharks as an assistant after over 21 seasons as the Sharks' AHL affiliate head coach. The Sharks named Barracuda assistants Jimmy Bonneau and Michael Chiasson as co-coaches for Sommer's replacements.[7] In January 2020, the city of San Jose approved of a proposed 4,200-seat arena to be built adjacent to the Sharks' SAP Center that would be utilized by the Barracuda for home games[8] and expected to be completed by 2022.[9] The 2019–20 season then ended prematurely due to the restrictions caused by the COVID-19 pandemic.

Sommer returned to the Barracuda as head coach on September 22, 2020.[10] The start of the 2020–21 season was postponed during the pandemic and Santa Clara County eventually barred all indoor and contact sporting events until at least February 2021.[11] The AHL season schedule was announced to begin on February 5, causing the Barracuda to play its opening home games in Tucson against the Tucson Roadrunners before embarking on a seven-game road trip, as well as scheduling some games at Solar4America Ice due to the Sharks's home schedule as the SAP Center.[12]

Season-by-season records[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season GP W L OTL SOL Pts PCT GF GA Standing Year 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
2015–16 68 31 26 8 3 73 .537 198 193 4th, Pacific 2016 L, 1–3, ONT
2016–17 68 43 16 4 5 95 .699 232 176 1st, Pacific 2017 W, 3–2, STK W, 4–1, SD L, 1–4, GR
2017–18 68 34 26 4 4 76 .559 186 198 4th, Pacific 2018 L, 1–3, TUC
2018–19 68 39 22 3 4 85 .625 227 197 2nd, Pacific 2019 L, 1–3, SD
2019–20 55 21 27 5 2 49 .445 179 192 7th, Pacific 2020 Season cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated May 2, 2021.[13]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
45 Germany Lean Bergmann LW L 22 2019 Hemer, Germany Sharks
55 United States Sasha Chmelevski C/RW R 21 2018 Huntington Beach, California Sharks
93 Canada Brandon Coe W R 19 2021 Toronto, Ontario Sharks
77 Latvia Karlis Cukste D L 23 2020 Riga, Latvia Barracuda
60 Canada Zach Gallant C L 22 2021 London, Ontario Sharks
89 Canada Jayden Halbgewachs W L 24 2018 Emerald Park, Saskatchewan Sharks
34 Canada Sam Harvey G L 23 2021 Alma, Quebec Barracuda
46 Sweden Joel Kellman (A) C L 26 2019 Karlskrona, Sweden Sharks
84 Russia Max Letunov C L 25 2018 Moscow, Russia Sharks
64 United States Jake McGrew RW R 22 2021 Orange, California Sharks
24 United States Jaycob Megna (C) D L 28 2020 Plantation, Florida Barracuda
1 Russia Alexei Melnichuk G L 22 2021 St. Petersburg, Russia Sharks
53 Canada Nicolas Meloche D R 23 2019 LaSalle, Quebec Sharks
6 Canada Ryan Merkley D R 20 2019 Oakville, Ontario Sharks
21 Canada Jake Middleton D L 25 2016 Stratford, Ontario Sharks
50 Canada Brinson Pasichnuk D L 23 2021 Bonnyville, Alberta Sharks
80 Canada Steenn Pasichnuk RW R 26 2020 Bonnyville, Alberta Barracuda
72 Canada Chaz Reddekopp D L 24 2021 West Kelowna, British Columbia Barracuda
54 United States Scott Reedy C R 22 2021 Prior Lake, Minnesota Barracuda
68 United States Robbie Russo (A) D R 28 2021 Westmont, Illinois Barracuda
78 United States Evan Weinger RW R 24 2018 Los Angeles, California Barracuda
27 Canada Ozzy Wiesblatt RW R 19 2021 Calgary, Alberta Sharks

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Sharks Moving AHL Franchise to SAP Center". San Jose Sharks. January 29, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  2. ^ Donato-Weinstein, Nathan (April 1, 2015). "Exclusive: Here's the name and logo of the Sharks' minor-league farm team". BizJournals.com. Silicon Valley Business Journal. Retrieved April 1, 2015.
  3. ^ "Sharks, Barracuda Networks Agree to Revolutionary Multi-Year Presenting Partnership". SJBarracuda.com. San Jose Barracuda. April 2, 2015. Retrieved April 2, 2015.
  4. ^ Barracuda, San Jose. "Games | San Jose Barracuda". www.sjbarracuda.com. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  5. ^ Barracuda, San Jose. "Stats | San Jose Barracuda". www.sjbarracuda.com. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  6. ^ "AHL 2015-16 team attendance at hockeydb.com". www.hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2016-05-24.
  7. ^ "SHARKS, BARRACUDA ANNOUNCE CHANGES TO COACHING STAFF". San Jose Barracuda. December 11, 2019.
  8. ^ "Huge expansion planned for Sharks Ice skating complex in San Jose". The Mercury News. January 21, 2020.
  9. ^ "City council approves new rink for Barracuda". AHL. January 28, 2020.
  10. ^ "San Jose Sharks Announce Organizational Coaching Staff". San Jose Sharks. National Hockey League. September 22, 2020. Retrieved September 22, 2020.
  11. ^ "Deep Blue Sea: How soon before Sharks come home?". SB Nation. January 14, 2021.
  12. ^ "Barracuda 2020-21 Regular Season Game and Broadcast Schedule Announced". OurSports Central. January 22, 2021.
  13. ^ "San Jose Barracuda :: Team". San Jose Barracuda. Retrieved April 19, 2021.

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