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2006-2015 Worcester Sharks

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Worcester Sharks vs. St. John's IceCaps. December 27, 2013American Hockey League (2006-2015)

Born: January 9, 2006 – The Cleveland Barons announce they will relocate to Worcester, MA.
Died: January 29, 2015 – The Sharks announce they will relocate to San Jose, CA.

Arena: DCU Center

Team Colors:

Owners: San Jose Sports & Entertainment Enterprises

 

The Worcester Sharks were the top farm club of the NHL’s San Jose Sharks from 2006 to 2015.  The Sharks arrived in the small central Massachusetts city in 2006 from Cleveland, replacing Worcester’s previous AHL franchise, the IceCats (1994-2005).

The Sharks’ best season came in 2009-10 with an Atlantic Division title and a run into the second round of the Calder Cup playoffs.  Aside from that campaign the Sharks never placed higher than 4th in their division.

In early 2015, a long-simmering re-alignment of the American Hockey League saw five western NHL franchises shift their farm clubs from the Eastern seaboard and the South to a newly-formed West Coast Division of the AHL.  On January 29, 2015, San Jose Sports & Entertainment announced they would move the former Worcester Sharks to San Jose at the conclusion of the 2014-15 AHL season. San Jose’s top prospects will now share the SAP Center with their NHL parent club beginning in the fall of 2015.

Worcester’s pro hockey future in the near term looks bleak.  Glens Falls, NY and Manchester, NH, the other two Northeastern cities that lost their AHL franchises in the league’s Westward shift, immediately secured replacement teams in the lower-level ECHL. No obvious ECHL prospects for relocation remain available for Worcester and it appears certain there will be no pro hockey in Wormtown in the immediate future.

 

==Worcester Sharks Programs on Fun While It Lasted==

Season Date Opponent Score Program Other

2011-12

2011-12 11/1/2011 vs. St. John's IceCaps L 6-3 Program

2013-14

2013-14 12/27/2013 vs. St. John's IceCaps W 5-2 Program

 

==YouTube==

 

==Links==

American Hockey League Media Guides

American Hockey League Programs

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Written by AC

February 18th, 2015 at 4:15 am

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  1. Actually, you off on Glens Falls. The Phantoms were there as a temporary home, after they moved from Philly and until the arena in Allentown, PA opened this year. But Glens Falls received the Calgary Flames AHL club without missing a season. They even wear the old Atlanta Flames jerseys (Adirondack Flames)I’m glad to see they did that. Glens Falls is a great town and has a good little arena. I’m glad they’ve got someone playing there.

    David Ziegenfuss

    18 Feb 15 at 5:57 am

  2. My bad, just saw that the Flames are moving…my error.

    David Ziegenfuss

    18 Feb 15 at 6:01 am

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