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|League:||American Hockey League|
|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|
WCTR-Worcester Channel 3
|Affiliates:|| San Jose Sharks (NHL)|
Phoenix Roadrunners (ECHL)
|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. The team is based in the city of Worcester, Massachusetts. At the DCU Center The team and the city of Worcester has been chosen to host the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic. The Worcester Sharks main rival is the Providence Bruins.
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 team's second season was one of disappointment, with the team failing to make the playoffs and finishing below .500.
This market was previously served by:
|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||—||—|
|2009–10||W, 4-1, Lowell||L, 2–4, Manchester||—||—|
- Current leaders through games played on July 17, 2008.
- Source Sharks Inaugural Season @ The Internet Hockey Database
- Largest crowd - 7,406 (102.4% capacity) on April 11, 2009 vs. Providence Bruins.
- Goals by the team - 7, done 3 times.
- Goals by one player - 5 (3 in regulation, 2 in shootout) - Mike Iggulden vs. Portland Pirates, January 18, 2008.
- Saves - 51 - Thomas Greiss vs. Hartford Wolf Pack, April 6, 2008.
- Goals: 35 - Mathieu Darche, 2006-2007
- Assists: 47 - Ryan Vesce, 2008-2009
- Points: 80 - Mathieu Darche, 2006-2007
- Penalty minutes: 211 - Brennan Evans, 2007-2008
- Goaltending wins: 30 - Thomas Greiss, 2008-2009
- GAA: 2.47 - Thomas Greiss, 2008-2009
- SV%: .912 - Thomas Greiss, 2006-2007
- Goals: 59 - Mike Iggulden and Riley Armstrong
- Assists: 79 - Lukas Kaspar
- Points: 125 - Lukas Kaspar
- Penalty minutes: 381 - Brennan Evans
- Goaltending wins: 74 - Thomas Greiss
- Shutouts: 3 - Dimitri Patzold, Taylor Dakers, and Thomas Greiss
- Games played: 155 - Brennan Evans
- Numbers courtesy of the Worcester Sharks on theahl.com
- As of July 31, 2010.
|#||Player||Pos.||Catches||Date of birth||Place of birth||Junior/College team|
|29||Frank Doyle #||G||L||September 8, 1980||Guelph, Ontario||University of Maine|
|32||Alex Stalock ♦||G||L||July 28, 1987||Saint Paul, Minnesota||University of Minnesota-Duluth|
|#||Player||Pos.||Shoots||Date of birth||Place of birth||Junior/College team|
|3||Joe Loprieno||D||R||October 8, 1986||Bloomington, Illinois||Merrimack College|
|4||Jason Demers||D||R||June 9, 1988||Dorval, Quebec||Victoriaville Tigres-->|
|8||Mike Moore||D||L||December 12, 1984||Calgary, Alberta||Princeton University|
|19||Michael Wilson||D||L||May 8, 1987||North Vancouver, British Columbia||Swift Current Broncos|
|25||Derek Joslin||D||L||March 17, 1987||Richmond Hill, Ontario||Ottawa 67's|
|27||Nick Petrecki||D||L||July 11, 1989||Schenectady, New York||Boston College|
|39||Matt Irwin Δ||D||L||November 29, 1987||Brentwood Bay, British Columbia||UMass-Amherst|
|41||Brett Westgarth||D||R||February 4, 1982||Amherstburg, Ontario||Princeton University|
|42||Nick Schaus Δ||D||R||July 3, 1986||Orchard Park, New York||UMass-Lowell|
|44||Justin Braun Δ||D||R||February 10, 1987||Vadnais Heights, Minnesota||UMass-Amherst|
§ - 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
|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 Edit
Notables who have played for the SharksEdit
- Steve Bernier
- Matt Carle
- Josh Gorges
- Claude Lemieux
- Douglas Murray
- Sandis Ozolinsh
- Marc-Edouard Vlasic
- Ty Wishart
|San Jose Sharks|
|Franchise||Franchise • Expansion draft • Players • Coaches • GMs • Seasons • Records • Draft picks • California Golden Seals|
|Arenas||Cow Palace • HP Pavilion at San Jose|
|Division titles||2001–02 • 2003–04 • 2007–08 • 2008–09 • 2009–10|
|Affiliates||Worcester Sharks (AHL) • Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL) • Stockton Thunder (ECHL)|