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Worcester Sharks
Worcester Sharks.svg
City Worcester, Massachusetts
League American Hockey League (AHL)
Conference Eastern Conference
Division Atlantic Division
Founded 2006
Home arena DCU Center
Colors Teal, gray, black, white                    
Owner(s) San Jose Sports & Entertainment Enterprises (Greg Jamison, President & CEO)
General manager Wayne Thomas
Head coach Roy Sommer
Media Worcester Telegram & Gazette
WTAG Radio 580-Worcester
WCTR-Worcester Channel 3
Affiliates San Jose Sharks (NHL)
Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL)
Franchise history
1996 to 2001 Kentucky Thoroughblades
2001 to 2006 Cleveland Barons
2006 to present Worcester Sharks

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

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History

On January 6, 2006, the San Jose Sharks announced that they were moving their American Hockey League affiliate, the Cleveland Barons, to Worcester, Massachusetts. The 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 play their home games at the DCU Center in Downtown Worcester. The Sharks qualified for the postseason in their first season, but were knocked out in 6 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 3 or 4 times a year, the games are usually very intense and physical usually containing fights, including multiple line brawls, one 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 (USA), Douglas Murray (Germany) along with the goaltending tandem from the franchise's first 2 years in Thomas Greiss and Dimitri Patzold also playing 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.

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Season-by-season results

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Regular season

Season Games Won Lost OTL SOL Points PCT PIM Goals
for
Goals
against
Standing
2006–07 80 41 28 3 8 93 .581 1382 247 244 4th, Atlantic
2007–08 80 32 37 5 6 75 .469 1378 216 258 6th, Atlantic
2008–09 80 42 35 1 2 87 .544 1446 223 223 4th, Atlantic
2009–10 66 41 20 2 3 87 .659 1077 232 200 1st, Atlantic

Playoffs

Season 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Finals
2006–07 L, 2–4, Manchester
2007–08 Out of Playoffs
2008–09 W, 4-2, Hartford L, 2-4, Providence

Player records

  • Numbers courtesy of hockeydb.com and theahl.com
  • Numbers updated at the end of each completed AHL season.
  • As of October 7, 2009

All-time regular season leaders

Individual regular season

All-time playoff leaders

Franchise firsts

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

Player Pos GP G A Pts
Tom Cavanagh C 202 46 92 138
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
Patrick Traverse D 197 20 69 89
Mathieu Darche C 76 35 45 80
Ryan Vesce* C 67 24 47 71
Derek Joslin* D 146 21 43 64
Dan Spang D 125 12 44 56

Head coaches

Team captains

  • Note: Head Coach Roy Sommer never named a captain in the franchises' first year. Instead he would alternate 3 players to be Assistant Captains.

Broadcasters

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

Current roster

  • Numbers courtesy of the Worcester Sharks on theahl.com
  • As of March 18, 2010.
Goaltenders
# Player Pos. Catches Date of birth Place of birth Junior/College team
29 Canada Frank Doyle # G L September 8, 1980 Guelph, Ontario University of Maine
32 United States Alex Stalock G L July 28, 1987 Saint Paul, Minnesota University of Minnesota-Duluth
Defensemen
# Player Pos. Shoots Date of birth Place of birth Junior/College team
4 Canada Danny Groulx D L June 23, 1981 LaSalle, Quebec Victoriaville Tigres
5 Canada Jason Demers D R June 9, 1988 Dorval, Quebec Victoriaville Tigres
8 Canada Michael Moore D L December 12, 1984 Calgary, Alberta Princeton University
19 Canada Michael Wilson D L May 8, 1987 North Vancouver, British Columbia Swift Current Broncos
25 Canada Derek Joslin D L March 17, 1987 Richmond Hill, Ontario Ottawa 67's
26 United States Joe Callahan D R December 20, 1982 Brockton, Massachusetts Yale University
27 United States Nick Petrecki D L July 11, 1989 Schenectady, New York Boston College
41 Canada Brett Westgarth D R February 4, 1982 Amherstburg, Ontario Princeton University
Forwards
# Player Pos. Shoots Date of birth Place of birth Junior/College team
7 United States John McCarthy LW L August 9, 1986 Boston, Massachusetts Boston University
10 United States Dwight Helminen C L June 22, 1983 Hancock, Michigan University of Michigan
11 United States Cory Quirk C L July 3, 1986 Brockton, Massachusetts UMass-Amherst
14 Canada Frazer McLaren LW L October 29, 1987 Winnipeg, Manitoba Portland Winter Hawks
15 United States Steven Zalewski C L August 20, 1986 New Hartford, New York Clarkson University
17 United States Ryan Vesce - C C R April 7, 1982 Guelph, Ontario Cornell University
21 United States Benn Ferriero RW R April 29, 1987 Boston, Massachusetts Boston College
22 Canada Andrew Desjardins C L July 27, 1986 Lively, Ontario Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds
23 Canada Dan DaSilva RW R April 30, 1985 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Portland Winter Hawks
24 Canada T. J. Trevelyan LW L March 6, 1984 Mississauga, Ontario St. Lawrence University
28 United States Dennis McCauley LW L August 15, 1985 Billerica, Massachusetts Northeastern University
47 Canada Kevin Henderson C L December 3, 1986 Toronto, Ontario Kitchener Rangers
53 Canada Brandon Mashinter LW L September 20, 1988 Bradford, Ontario Kitchener Rangers/Belleville Bulls

§ - assigned by the San Jose Sharks (NHL)
¢ - currently on conditioning assignment from the San Jose Sharks
¶ - recalled from the Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL)
 # - 25 game Professional Tryout Contract (PTO)
Δ - Amateur Tryout Contract (ATO)
♦ - 2009-10 All-Star

Staff
Title Staff member
Head coach Roy Sommer
Assistant coach David Cunniff
Head athletic trainer Matthew White
Equipment manager Vinny Ferraiuolo
Assistant Equipment manager Tim Wegner
Strength and conditioning assistant Jaime Rodriguez
Team Physician William J. Morgan, M.D.
Team Physician William B. Balcom, M.D.
Team Physician Gary Peters, M.D.

Occasionally, former NHLer and Sharks scout Bryan Marchment joins the coaching staff for games in Worcester.

NHL alumni

Players who played for the Sharks and have made the jump to the NHL

Notables who have played for the Sharks

Noteworthy players who have played at least one game for Worcester.

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