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For the earlier AHL team see the Cleveland Barons (1937-1973).
|League:||American Hockey League|
|Operated:||2001 to 2006|
|Home Arena:||Gund Arena|
|Colors:||teal and black|
|Affiliates:||San Jose Sharks|
|1996 to 2001:||Kentucky Thoroughblades|
|2001 to 2006:||Cleveland Barons|
|2006 to present:||Worcester Sharks|
The team was named in honor of the popular Barons team that played in the AHL and its forerunners from 1929 to 1973. The Barons name was revived in 2001 when the San Jose Sharks purchased their AHL affiliate, the Kentucky Thoroughblades, and relocated them to Cleveland, where they would play at the arena which was owned and operated by Sharks owners George and Gordon Gund. The Gunds had also owned the most recent incarnation of the Barons, who played in the NHL in the late 1970s.
The franchise relocated to Worcester, Massachusetts for the 2006–07 season and became the Worcester Sharks. Dan Gilbert, the owner of the National Basketball Association's Cleveland Cavaliers, purchased the inactive Utah Grizzlies AHL franchise and moved it to Cleveland. Renamed the Lake Erie Monsters, the club began play in Cleveland in 2007.
The team logo, a shark in monocle and top hat, was originally designed as an alternate logo for the San Jose Sharks before being modified with formal wear for the Barons.
This market was previously served by:
- Cleveland Crusaders (1972–76) WHA
- Cleveland Barons (NHL) (1976–78)
- Cleveland Lumberjacks (1992–2001) IHL
This market is now the home to:
- Lake Erie Monsters (2007-present)
|Season||Prelim||1st round||2nd round||3rd round||Finals|
|2001–02||Out of Playoffs|
|2002–03||Out of Playoffs|
|2003–04||W, 2–1, Toronto||L, 2–4, Hamilton||—||—||—|
|2004–05||Out of Playoffs|
|2005–06||Out of Playoffs|
- Goals: 35 Mike Craig (2001–02), Miroslav Zalesak (2003–04)
- Assists: 48 Jeff Nelson (2002–03)
- Points: 75 Miroslav Zalesak (2003–04)
- Penalty Minutes: 335 Matt Carkner (2001–02)
- GAA: 2.34 Nolan Schaefer (2003–04)
- SV%: .925 Seamus Kotyk (2003–04), Nolan Schaefer (2003–04)
- Career Goals: 84 Miroslav Zalesak
- Career Assists: 117 Patrick Rissmiller
- Career Points: 181 Patrick Rissmiller
- Career Penalty Minutes: 948 Matt Carkner
- Career Goaltending Wins: 34 Vesa Toskala
- Career Shutouts: 7 Nolan Schaefer
- Career Games: 315 Matt Carkner
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