San Jose Barracuda

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San Jose Barracuda
2018–19 AHL season
San Jose Barracuda logo.svg
CitySan Jose, California
LeagueAmerican Hockey League (AHL)
ConferenceWestern
DivisionPacific
Founded1996
Home arenaSAP Center
ColorsTeal, orange, black, white, gray
                        
Owner(s)San Jose Sports & Entertainment Enterprises (Hasso Plattner, Governor)
General managerJoe Will
Head coachRoy Sommer
MediaSan Jose Mercury News
CSN California
KDOW (1220 AM)
AHL.TV (Internet)
AffiliatesSan Jose Sharks (NHL)
Franchise history
1996–2001Kentucky Thoroughblades
2001–2006Cleveland Barons
2006–2015Worcester Sharks
2015–presentSan Jose Barracuda
Championships
Division Championships1 (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 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[edit]

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 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.

The Barracuda were the final team to make the playoffs in 2018, winning multiple games in a row. They were eliminated in the first round by the Tucson Roadrunners.

Season-by-season records[edit]

Players[edit]

Current roster[edit]

Updated June 9, 2019.[7]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
34 Canada Antoine Bibeau G L 25 2017 Victoriaville, Quebec Sharks
75 United States Michael Brodzinski D R 24 2016 Ham Lake, Minnesota Sharks
60 Canada Rourke Chartier Injured Reserve C L 23 2016 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan Sharks
82 Russia Ivan Chekhovich LW L 20 2018 Yekaterinburg, Russia Sharks
45 United States Tim Clifton C R 27 2017 Matawan, New Jersey Sharks
22 Sweden Jonathan Dahlen Injured Reserve LW L 21 2019 Östersund, Sweden Sharks
57 United States Nick DeSimone D R 24 2017 East Amherst, New York Sharks
76 United States Cavan Fitzgerald D L 22 2017 Boston, Massachusetts Sharks
83 Canada Matt Fonteyne C/LW L 21 2018 Wetaskiwin, Alberta Barracuda
87 United States Zach Frye D L 25 2018 Spokane, Washington Barracuda
7 United States Dylan Gambrell C/RW R 22 2018 Bonney Lake, Washington Sharks
79 Canada Tom Gregoire D R 20 2018 Sherbrooke, Quebec Barracuda
89 Canada Jayden Halbgewachs W L 22 2018 Emerald Park, Saskatchewan Sharks
37 United States T. J. Hensick C R 33 2019 Howell, Michigan Barracuda
32 Czech Republic Josef Korenar G L 21 2018 Pelhřimov, Czech Republic Sharks
42 Russia Vladislav Kotkov LW R 19 2019 Moscow, Russia Sharks
84 Russia Max Letunov C L 23 2018 Moscow, Russia Sharks
71 Canada Jon Martin RW R 23 2016 Winnipeg, Manitoba Sharks
85 Canada Colby McAuley W L 23 2017 Sherwood Park, Alberta Barracuda
17 United States John McCarthy (C) C/LW L 32 2015 Boston, Massachusetts Barracuda
6 Canada Ryan Merkley D R 18 2019 Oakville, Ontario Sharks
67 Canada Jacob Middleton (A) D R 23 2016 Stratford, Ontario Sharks
80 Canada Keaton Middleton D L 21 2018 Stratford, Ontario Barracuda
49 Canada Francis Perron LW L 23 2018 Laval, Quebec Sharks
52 Czech Republic Lukas Radil LW L 28 2018 Čáslav, Czechoslovakia Sharks
81 Canada Jeremy Roy D R 22 2017 Richelieu, Quebec Sharks
35 United States Andrew Shortridge G L 24 2019 Anchorage, Alaska Sharks
40 Finland Antti Suomela C L 25 2018 Espoo, Finland Sharks
70 Denmark Alex True C L 21 2017 Copenhagen, Denmark Sharks
50 Canada Marcus Vela C R 22 2019 Burnaby, British Columbia Barracuda
63 Canada Jeffrey Viel LW L 22 2018 Rimouski, Quebec Sharks
78 United States Evan Weinger RW R 22 2018 Los Angeles, California Barracuda
59 Germany Manny Wiederer Injured Reserve RW/C R 22 2017 Deggendorf, Germany Sharks
53 Canada Kyle Wood (A) D R 23 2018 Waterloo, Ontario Sharks

References[edit]

  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 April 3, 2019.

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