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Worcester Railers, EcoTarium Announce 5 Year Partnership

Monday, August 14, 2017

 

Worcester Railers, EcoTarium Announce 5 Year Partnership

The Worcester Railers and the EcoTarium have announced a five-year partnership to help increase the impact of both organizations in Central Mass.

The partnership is based on a $250,000 valued presenting sponsorship from the Worcester Railers Foundation for the EcoTarium’s Explorer Express Train.

“The Railers are excited to partner with EcoTarium by presenting the Explorer Express Train. The EcoTarium is a great place for families to enjoy an educational outing right in our back yard and we are happy to be part of that experience,” said Michael Myers, President of the Worcester Railers.

The Partnership

The partnership enabled the EcoTarium to purchase a new train engine from Chance Rides of Wichita, Kansas. The new engine, number 395, is a replica of the 1863 C.P. Huntington steam locomotive.

The Explorer Express Train is a hit attraction for EcoTarium's visitors. Open-air passenger cars take visitors on a scenic 12-minute ride; a relaxing and fun way to see the museum grounds.

The new engine recently arrived at the EcoTarium and is now in use. Approximately 50,000 passengers ride the attraction each year.

EcoTarium guests will see the train station has been “Railerized,” with fresh paint in the blue and gray colors of the hockey club. TRAX, the official mascot of the Railers, assisted the EcoTarium in painting the station.

Guests will also notice that the train engineers are outfitted in apparel with the Railers logo.

The Railers become corporate members of the EcoTarium, allowing the members of the Railers Hockey Club free admission during the month of September. It also grants the Railers sponsorship of Great Pumpkin Nights.

Both organizations will also work together to cross-promote each other throughout the duration of the partnership.

“The EcoTarium and the Railers share a common goal of providing wonderful opportunities for families to create lasting memories together. Now, with the Explorer Express Train being presented by the Worcester Railers Hockey Club, these memories will be combined,” said Joseph Cox, President of the EcoTarium.

 

Related Slideshow: A History of Hockey in Worcester

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1954-55

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

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1955-56

Warriors Join Atlantic Hockey League 

After just one season in the EHL, the Warriors joined the Atlantic Hockey League for the 1955-56 season. 

However, the 1956 season would be the last season for the Atlantic Hockey League and in turn, the last season for the Warriors. 

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1978

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

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1994

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. 

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2005

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

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2006-07

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. 

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2009-10

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. 

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2012

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. 

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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. 

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April, 25 2015

Sharks Play Final Home Game 

The Sharks played their final home game at the DCU Center and it was a playoff game. 

However, the Sharks would fall in the game 3-1 to the Hershey Bears in front of 4,045 at the DCU Center. 

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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. 

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February 6-7, 2016

Shrewsbury Youth Hockey Hosts First Ever Pond Hockey Tournament

The Shrewsbury Youth Hockey Association held the First Annual Pond Hockey Classic, at Shrewsbury's historic Dean Park. 

The Worcester Junior Sharks were among 24 teams that participated the tournament. 

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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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