San Jose Barracuda

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San Jose Barracuda
2018–19 AHL season
San Jose Barracuda logo.svg
City San Jose, California
League American Hockey League (AHL)
Conference Western
Division Pacific
Founded 1996
Home arena SAP Center
Colors Teal, orange, black, white, gray
                        
Owner(s) San Jose Sports & Entertainment Enterprises (Hasso Plattner, Governor)
General manager Joe Will
Head coach Roy Sommer
Media San Jose Mercury News
CSN California
KDOW (1220 AM)
Affiliates San Jose Sharks (NHL)
Allen Americans (ECHL)
Franchise history
1996–2001 Kentucky Thoroughblades
2001–2006 Cleveland Barons
2006–2015 Worcester Sharks
2015–present San Jose Barracuda
Championships
Division Championships 1 (2016–17)

The San Jose Barracuda is a professional ice hockey team in the American Hockey League (AHL) which began play in the 2015–16 season. Affiliated with the National Hockey League's San Jose Sharks, the Barracuda shares the SAP Center with its parent club.

The Barracuda is a relocation of the former Worcester Sharks AHL franchise, it joined several other AHL franchises to form the AHL's Pacific Division in 2015.

History

On January 29, 2015, the San Jose Sharks announced that they would be moving their AHL affiliate, the Worcester Sharks, to San Jose, California, as one of five charter members of the AHL's new Pacific Division. The team would play at the SAP Center at San Jose, being one of two of the current AHL teams to share a home arena with its parent club (along with the Manitoba Moose sharing Bell MTS Place with their parent Winnipeg Jets).[1]

On April 1, 2015, the Silicon Valley Business Journal reported that the Sharks had signed a multi-year presenting sponsorship with Barracuda Networks to be the AHL team's presenting sponsor; the team name would be called the San Jose Barracuda and the reported team logo would feature the corporate logo in the background. Neither the Sharks nor Barracuda would comment, however, they stated that an official announcement would come later in the week.[2] The name and logo were confirmed the next day in a joint press release.[3]

Friday October 9, 2015 marked the first official game in Barracuda history. They took on the Rockford IceHogs at home, coming up on the losing end of a 4–2 score. Micheal Haley scored the first ever franchise goal while on a power play in the first period. The Barracuda picked up the first win in franchise history while visiting the Stockton Heat on October 15, 2015 by a score of 4–1.[4]

On February 10, 2016, head coach Roy Sommer broke the record for most wins as an AHL coach, picking up his 637th win against the Ontario Reign by the score of 4–2.

The Barracuda finished the season 31–26–8–3. Its .527 winning percentage meant that it was matched up against the Ontario Reign during the Pacific Division semifinals. After splitting the first two games of the best-of-five series, the Barracuda came out on the losing end of game three by a 3–1 score, and also lost game four by a score of 4–1 to end their season. Bryan Lerg and Nikolay Goldobin led the team in goals with 21, while Ryan Carpenter had a team high 55 points. Goaltender Aaron Dell played a team high 40 games in net for the Barracuda, while winning 17 of them.[5] The team's average attendance of 4,412 placed them 24th of 30 in the AHL.[6]

The Barracuda's 2016–17 season would be more successful than its first season, winning 14 consecutive games from January 15 to March 1 and winning the Pacific Division and Western Conference. Goaltender Troy Grosenick won the "Baz" Bastien Award as the AHL's outstanding goaltender. The Barracuda made it to the Western Conference finals during the 2017 Calder Cup playoffs before being eliminated by the Grand Rapids Griffins four-games-to-one.

Season-by-season records

Players

Current Roster

Updated July 5, 2018.[7]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
38 Latvia Rudolfs Balcers LW L 21 2017 Liepaja, Latvia Sharks
40 Denmark Joachim Blichfeld W R 19 2018 Fredrikshavn, Denmark Sharks
75 United States Michael Brodzinski D R 23 2016 Ham Lake, Minnesota Sharks
60 Canada Rourke Chartier C L 22 2016 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Sharks
45 United States Tim Clifton Injured Reserve C R 26 2017 Matawan, New Jersey Sharks
57 United States Nick DeSimone D R 23 2017 East Amherst, New York Sharks
76 United States Cavan Fitzgerald Injured Reserve D L 21 2017 Boston, Massachusetts Sharks
65 United States Zach Frye D L 24 2018 Spokane, Washington Barracuda
97 Canada Tom Gregoire D R 20 2018 Sherbrooke, Quebec Barracuda
73 Canada Noah Gregor C L 19 2018 Beaumont, Alberta Sharks
95 Canada Jayden Halbgewachs LW L 21 2018 Emerald Park, Saskatchewan Sharks
71 Canada Jon Martin RW R 22 2016 Winnipeg, Manitoba Sharks
85 Canada Colby McAuley W L 22 2017 Sherwood Park, Alberta Barracuda
17 United States John McCarthy (C) C/LW L 31 2015 Boston, Massachusetts Barracuda
67 Canada Jacob Middleton (A) D R 22 2016 Stratford, Ontario Sharks
37 Switzerland Noah Rod LW L 22 2018 La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland Sharks
81 Canada Jeremy Roy Injured Reserve D R 21 2017 Richelieu, Quebec Sharks
43 Sweden Filip Sandberg RW/C R 23 2017 Järfälla, Sweden Sharks
56 United States Alex Schoenborn RW R 22 2016 Minot, North Dakota Sharks
51 Czech Republic Radim Simek D R 25 2017 Mladá Boleslav, Czechoslovakia Sharks
70 Denmark Alex True C L 20 2017 Copenhagen, Denmark Barracuda
78 United States Evan Weinger RW R 21 2018 Los Angeles, California Barracuda
59 Germany Manny Wiederer RW R 21 2017 Deggendorf, Germany Sharks


References

  1. ^ "Sharks Moving AHL Franchise to SAP Center". San Jose Sharks. January 29, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2015. 
  2. ^ Donato-Weinstein, Nathan (April 1, 2015). "Exclusive: Here's the name and logo of the Sharks' minor-league farm team". BizJournals.com. Silicon Valley Business Journal. Retrieved April 1, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Sharks, Barracuda Networks Agree to Revolutionary Multi-Year Presenting Partnership". SJBarracuda.com. San Jose Barracuda. April 2, 2015. Retrieved April 2, 2015. 
  4. ^ Barracuda, San Jose. "Games | San Jose Barracuda". www.sjbarracuda.com. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  5. ^ Barracuda, San Jose. "Stats | San Jose Barracuda". www.sjbarracuda.com. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  6. ^ "AHL 2015-16 team attendance at hockeydb.com". www.hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2016-05-24. 
  7. ^ "San Jose Barracuda :: Team". San Jose Barracuda. Retrieved June 19, 2018. 

External links

  • San Jose Barracuda Official Website
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