There are 30 AHL member clubs, affiliated with 30 NHL teams. Here we take a look, a snapshot if you will, at those cities and teams that makeup the American Hockey League. Let’s take a look at the Worcester Sharks.
Since 2006, the city of Worcester has been home to the Sharks. In that time the Sharks have a franchise record of 231-189-0-20-36. During their history, the Sharks have one division title (2009-10) and three trips to the playoffs, on their ledger. In 2009, Worcester hosted the AHL All-Star Classic. Prior to Worcester, the Sharks housed their top AHL prospects in Cleveland and before that, Kentucky.
Before the Sharks brought the AHL back to Worcester, the IceCats called the city home, from 1994-2005. That club was initially an independent team, eventually pairing with the St. Louis Blues. The IceCats captured a regular season title and two division crowns, qualifying for the playoffs in every year but the bookends.
Name: Worcester Sharks
NHL Parent Club: San Jose Sharks
2011-12 Record: 31-33-4-8 (74 points), fifth place in Atlantic Division.
Coach: Roy Sommer
Notable Alumni: Riley Armstrong, Steve Bernier, Mathieu Biron, Matt Carle, Tom Cavanagh, Jonathan Cheechoo, Mike Connolly, Logan Couture, Mathieu Darche, Jason Demers, Benn Ferriero, Thomas Greiss, Ben Guite, Mike Iggulden, Derek Joslin, Lukas Kaspar, Tim Kennedy, Cory Larose, Jay Leach, Claude Lemieux, Brandon Mashinter, John McCarthy, Jamie McGinn, Kyle McLaren, Graham Mink, Torrey Mitchell, Andrew Murray, Douglas Murray, Antero Nittymaki, Sandis Ozolinsh, Joe Pavelski, Devin Setoguchi, Brad Staubitz, Patrick Traverse, Tommy Wingels, Steven Zalewski.
Calder Cup(s): 0
Arena: DCU Center. Capacity, 12,239
Team colors: Teal, gray, black and white
Top Rival: Providence Bruins