Worcester Pro Hockey to Reveal Team Name & Logo at Sunday’s Fan Fest
Wednesday, March 30, 2016
The main event of the day will come at 2 p.m. when the name and team logo are unveiled to the fans.
The Fan Fest
The event will feature live music, free public skating, free giveaways, the Hockey Hall of Fame from Toronto, the Kelly Cup (award for the ECHL Champions), free food, game, and autographs with Boston Bruins Alumni.
There will also be a chance to win 50-yard line tickets to the New England Patriots home opener.
At 2 p.m., the team name and logo will be unveiled.
Dignitaries and Mascots Attending
Dignitaries in attendance include will Mayor Joseph Petty, Massachusetts Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, President of the Chamber of Commerce Tim Murray, and Worcester Pro Hockey HC Owner Cliff Rucker.
Mascots that will make an appearance that day include Wally from the Boston Red Sox, Pat from the New England Patriots, and the legendary Jake from the Worcester Bravehearts.
Worcester's New Team
The new franchise will drop the puck at the start of the 2017-18 season, a season that also marks the 30th anniversary of the ECHL.
This will be Worcester's 3rd pro hockey team since 1994 when the IceCats began their run.
For more information on Worcester Pro Hockey, click here.
The ECHL is one of two minor leagues recognized by the collective bargaining agreement between the National Hockey League (NHL) and the National Hockey League Players Association.
The ECHL has seen 586 players go on to play in the NHL, 17 of whom made their NHL debuts during the 2015-16 season.
The ECHL has affiliations with 25 of 30 NHL teams in 2015-16, marking it's 19th consecutive season that the league has had affiliations with at last 20 NHL teams.
Related Slideshow: A History of Hockey in Worcester
Worcester's 1st Pro Hockey Team, Worcester Warriors
The Worcester Warriors played their first season as part of the Eastern Hockey League (EHL). The Warriors played their games at Worcester (Webster Square) Arena.
In their first season, under Head Coach John "Hans" Marsden, the Warriors went 3-17 and finished in last place.
Other Teams in the EHL that season included the Washington Lions, Clinton Comets, New Haven Blades and Baltimore Clippers.
Photo is of Harold Songin, courtesy of EHL.com
Worcester Crusaders Youth Hockey is Established
The Worcester Crusaders served as one of the oldest youth hockey organizations in the Massachusetts.
The Crusaders competed in the New England Hockey League, one of the best youth hockey leagues in North America.
For the 2011/12 season, the Crusaders sponsored 9 teams ranging from mite division to midget division.
Photo courtesy of Crusaders website
The IceCats Come to Worcester
The IceCats came to Worcester prior to the 1994-95 season and played their games at the Worcester Centrum.
The IceCats went 24-45-11 in their first season and finished in 6th place in the conference.
However, the IceCats would turn it around and make the playoffs in every season after that, except 2004-2005, but would never advance past the second round.
Notable players from the IceCats include goaltender Dwayne Roloson, enforcer Sylvain Blouin, Steve Staios, Dennis Wideman, Ladislav Nagy and Terry Virtue.
Worcester IceCats are Moved to Illinois
After the St. Louis Blues announced the sale of the IceCats in 2004, the team was moved prior to the 2005-2006 season to Peoria Illinois.
The team was known was the Peoria Riverman from 2005-2013, and is currently known as the Utica Comets, the AHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks.
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
Sharks Arrive in Worcester
The Cleveland Barons were moved to Worcester and became the Sharks, the AHL Affiliate of the San Jose Sharks.
The Sharks played their first home game on October 14 in front of a sold out DCU Center.
In their first season, Worcester went 41-28-3 (OT Loss)- 8 (shootout Loss) and made the playoffs. The Sharks lost to the Manchester Monarchs in the first round.
Sharks Have Most Successful Season
Sharks had their best season in 2009-10 when they went 49-25-3-3 and finished in first place in the Atlantic Division.
The Sharks made the playoffs but lost in the second round to the Manchester Monarchs.
The captain of the team was Ryan Vescue and the Head Coach was Roy Sommer.
Worcester Crusaders Merge With the Worcester Junior Sharks
The two organizations combined bring in more than 550 kids and just over 92 USA Hockey certified coaches.
The Worcester Junior Sharks program is structured to allow each player to develop and test their skills at three distinct levels of competition (House, Travel and AAA Elite)
For more information on the Junior Sharks, click here.
Jan. 29, 2015
AHL Announces Sharks are Moving to San Jose
The American Hockey League announced that at seasons end, the Worcester Sharks would be packing up and going across country to become the San Jose Barracuda.
The move was made so that the San Jose Sharks would be able to call up and send down players easier.
May 1, 2015
Sharks Play Final Game
In their final game, the Worcester Sharks lost 10-4 to the Hershey Bears, losing the playoff series 3-1.
In 9 seasons in Worcester, the Sharks made the playoffs 4 times, never advancing past the second round.
Notable players in Worcester Sharks history include Jonathan Cheechoo, Sandis Ozolinsh, Joe Pavelski and Claude Lemieux.
February 8, 2016
ECHL Announces Team Coming to Worcester
The ECHL announced that the league's board of governors unanimously approved the new membership application from Worcester Pro Hockey LLC.
The first puck drop for the new franchise is set for the 2017-18 season, a season that also marks the 30th anniversary of the ECHL.
The team name and logo will be announced at a fan fest that is set to take place on April 3, 2016, at the DCU Center.
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