San Jose Barracuda

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San Jose Barracuda
2017–18 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
                   
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 are 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 share the SAP Center with its parent club.

The Barracuda are a relocation of the former Worcester Sharks AHL franchise, they 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. Their .527 winning percentage meant that they were 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 their 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 December 12, 2017.[7]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
38 Latvia Balcers, RudolfsRudolfs Balcers LW L 20 2017 Liepaja, Latvia Sharks
63 Sweden Bergman, JuliusJulius Bergman D R 22 2015 Stockholm, Sweden Sharks
34 Canada Bibeau, AntoineAntoine Bibeau G L 23 2017 Victoriaville, Quebec Sharks
52 United States Bollig, BrandonBrandon Bollig W L 30 2017 St. Charles, Missouri Sharks
75 United States Brodzinski, MichaelMichael Brodzinski D R 22 2016 Ham Lake, Minnesota Sharks
60 Canada Chartier, RourkeRourke Chartier Injured Reserve C L 21 2016 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Sharks
86 Canada Clark, EmersonEmerson Clark LW L 24 2017 Le Gardeur, Quebec Barracuda
45 United States Clifton, TimTim Clifton C R 25 2017 Matawan, New Jersey Sharks
57 United States DeSimone, NickNick DeSimone D R 23 2017 East Amherst, New York Sharks
76 United States Fitzgerald, CavanCavan Fitzgerald D L 21 2017 Boston, Massachusetts Sharks
33 United States Gahagen, ParkerParker Gahagen G L 24 2017 Amherst, New York Barracuda
1 United States Grosenick, TroyTroy Grosenick Injured Reserve G L 28 2015 Brookfield, Wisconsin Sharks
46 Canada Helewka, AdamAdam Helewka LW L 22 2015 Burnaby, British Columbia Sharks
71 Canada Martin, JonJon Martin RW R 22 2016 Winnipeg, Manitoba Sharks
7 United States Martin, PaulPaul Martin D L 36 2017 Elk River, Minnesota Sharks
53 Canada Mashinter, BrandonBrandon Mashinter (A) LW L 29 2017 Bradford, Ontario Sharks
17 United States McCarthy, JohnJohn McCarthy (C) C/LW L 31 2015 Boston, Massachusetts Barracuda
67 Canada Middleton, JacobJacob Middleton (A) D R 21 2016 Stratford, Ontario Sharks
78 United States Moore, BryanBryan Moore W L 23 2017 Indian Trail, North Carolina Barracuda
81 Canada Roy, JeremyJeremy Roy D R 20 2017 Richelieu, Quebec Sharks
73 Canada Roy, MarcoMarco Roy C L 23 2017 Boisbriand, Quebec Barracuda
43 Sweden Sandberg, FilipFilip Sandberg Injured Reserve C/RW R 23 2017 Järfälla, Sweden Sharks
51 Czech Republic Simek, RadimRadim Simek D R 25 2017 Mladá Boleslav, Czechoslovakia Sharks
70 Denmark True, AlexanderAlexander True C L 20 2017 Copenhagen, Denmark Barracuda
59 Germany Wiederer, MannyManny 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 2017-10-07. 

External links

  • San Jose Barracuda Official Website
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