Former Worcester IceCats: where are they playing now? (2016-17 fall edition)

Below is a list of every former player for the Worcester IceCats still playing pro hockey, and where they are playing this season. The teams that are listed are generally the highest level a player has played so far this season. Back-up goaltenders and other players that were signed by the IceCats but did not appear in games for the them are not listed.

With the last IceCats game being played in the 2004-2005 season, this list continues to get shorter each season. Players in the NHL are in bold. This list is accurate as of March 4.

Jason Bacashihua – HC Banska Bystrica (Slovakia)
Brendan Brooks – Fife Flyers (EIHL)
Fred Cassivi – Reading Royals (ECHL) (PTO, did not play)
Ivan Ciernik – Eispiraten Crimmitschau (DEL2)
Daniel Corso – Yunost Minsk (Belarus)
James Desmarais – Belfast Giants (EIHL)
Trevor Gillies – South Carolina Stingrays (ECHL)
Mike Glumac – Medvescak Zagreb (KHL)
Michal Handzus – HC Banska Bystrica (Slovakia)
Jeff Hoggan – Iowa Wild (AHL)
Jay McClement – Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)
Ladislav Nagy – HC Kosice (Slovakia)
Jaroslav Obsut – HK Dukla Trencin (Slovakia)
Arvids Rekis – Augsburger Panther (DEL)
Stephane Roy – Sorel-Tracy Eperviers (LNAH)
Igor Valeyev – Chelmet Chelyabinsk (VHL)
Dennis Wideman – Calgary Flames (NHL)
Konstantin Zakharov – Yunost Minsk (Belarus)

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Former Worcester Sharks: where are they playing now? (2016-17 final edition)

Below is a list of every former player for the Worcester Sharks still playing pro hockey, and where they are playing this season. The teams that are listed are generally the highest level a player has played so far this season. Back-up goaltenders and other players that were signed by the WorSharks but did not appear in games for the them are not listed, nor are players currently playing levels of hockey that are not “full professional” leagues. This list is current as of March 4.

Konrad Abeltshauser – EHC Munchen (DEL)
Sena Acolatse – Springfield Thunderbirds (AHL)
J.P. Anderson – Albany Devils (AHL)
Vincent Arseneau – Wichita Thunder (ECHL)
Spencer Asuchak – Allen Americans (ECHL)
Mike Banwell – Utah Grizzlies (ECHL)
Julius Bergman – San Jose Barracuda (AHL)
Steve Bernier – Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL)
Kyle Bigos – Idaho Steelheads (ECHL)
Andrew Blazek – Aalborg Pirates (Denmark)
Alex Bourret – Trois-Rivieres Blizzard CNS (LNAH)
Riley Brace – Cortina (AlpsHL)
Justin Braun – San Jose Sharks (NHL)
Matt Carle – Nashville Predators (NHL)
Ryan Carpenter – San Jose Sharks (NHL)
Jonathan Cheechoo – HC Slovan Bratislava (KHL)
Daniel Ciampini – Ontario Reign (AHL)
Jack Combs – Fischtown Pinguins (DEL)
Adam Comrie – Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
Mike Connolly – Straubing Tigers (DEL)
Chad Costello – Allen Americans (ECHL)
Logan Couture – San Jose Sharks (NHL)
Chris Crane – Orlando Solar Bears (ECHL)
Dan DaSilva – EHC Linz (EBEL)
Derek DeBlois – South Carolina Stingrays (ECHL)
Aaron Dell – San Jose Sharks (NHL)
Dylan DeMelo – San Jose Sharks (NHL)
Jason Demers – Florida Panthers (NHL)
Andrew Desjardins – Chicago Blackhawks (NHL)
Taylor Doherty – Providence Bruins (AHL)
Daniel Doremus – Manchester Monarchs (ECHL)
Petter Emanuelsson – Lulea HF (SHL)
Bobby Farnham – Montreal Canadiens (NHL)
Taylor Fedun – Buffalo Sabres (NHL)
Scott Fleming – Lyon (France)
Riley Gill – Allen Americans (ECHL)
Curt Gogol – Florida Everblades (ECHL)
Nikolay Goldobin – Vancouver Canucks (NHL)
Barclay Goodrow – San Jose Sharks (NHL)
Josh Gorges – Buffalo Sabres (NHL)
Yanni Gourde – Tampa Bay Lightning (NHL)
Thomas Greiss – New York Islanders (NHL)
Tyler Gron – Heilbronner Falken (DEL2)
Troy Grosenick – San Jose Barracuda (AHL)
Sacha Guimond – Olimpija Ljubljana (EBEL)
Micheal Haley – San Jose Sharks (NHL)
Freddie Hamilton – Calgary Flames (NHL)
Greger Hanson – Binghamton Senators (AHL)
Kevin Henderson – HK SKP Poprad (Slovakia)
Tomas Hertl – San Jose Sharks (NHL)
Brock Higgs – HC Banska Bystrica (Slovakia)
Garet Hunt – Alaska Aces (ECHL)
Carter Hutton – St. Louis Blues (NHL)
Matt Irwin – Nashville Predators (NHL)
Jeff Jakaitis – Lorenskog (Norway)
Nick Jones – Stjernen (Norway)
Derek Joslin – EHC Munchen (DEL)
Melker Karlsson – San Jose Sharks (NHL)
Lukas Kaspar – Dynamo Moskva (KHL)
Bracken Kearns – New York Islanders (NHL)
Tim Kennedy – Rochester Americans (AHL)
John Laliberte – ERC Ingolstadt (DEL)
Jeremy Langlois – Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Chris Lawrence – Nottingham Panthers (EIHL)
Bryan Lerg – Rogle BK (SHL)
James Livingston – Dornbirner EC (EBEL)
Erick Lizon – Saint-Georges COOL-FM (LNAH)
Nathan Longpre – SonderjyskE (Denmark)
Brandon Mashinter – Rockford IceHogs (AHL)
Jon Matsumoto – EHC Munchen (DEL)
John McCarthy – San Jose Barracuda (AHL)
Jamie McGinn – Arizona Coyotes (NHL)
Torrey Mitchell – Montreal Canadiens (NHL)
Nathan Moon – Reading Royals (ECHL)
Mike Moore – Fischtown Pinguins (DEL)
Mirco Muller – San Jose Sharks (NHL)
Matt Nieto – Colorado Avalanche (NHL)
Travis Oleksuk – HC Bolzano (EBEL)
Trevor Parkes – Augsburger Panther (DEL)
Dimitri Patzold – Straubing Tigers (DEL)
Joe Pavelski – San Jose Sharks (NHL)
Michael Pelech – Utah Grizzlies (ECHL)
Matt Pelech – Graz 99ers (EBEL)
Mike Pereira – Reading Royals (ECHL)
Todd Perry – Reading Royals (ECHL)
Tomas Plihal – Orli Znojmo (EBEL)
Cory Quirk – Fischtown Pinguins (DEL)
Chad Rau – Kunlun Red Star (KHL)
Brodie Reid – HC Bolzano (EBEL)
Ashton Rome – Manchester Monarchs (ECHL)
Joakim Ryan – San Jose Barracuda (AHL)
Harri Sateri – Vityaz Podolsk (KHL)
Nick Schaus – HC Dynamo Pardubice (Czech)
Lane Scheidl – Kalamazoo Wings (ECHL)
Adam Schmidt – Tingsryds AIF (Allsvenskan)
Rylan Schwartz – Heilbronner Falken (DEL2)
Devin Setoguchi – Los Angeles Kings (NHL)
Tyler Shattock – Alaska Aces (ECHL)
James Sheppard – Kloten (NLA)
Peter Sivak – Alaska Aces (ECHL)
Dan Spang – Nottingham Panthers (EIHL)
Alex Stalock – Iowa Wild (AHL)
Karl Stollery – New Jersey Devils (NHL)
Sebastian Stalberg – Frolunda HC (SHL)
Sean Sullivan – Straubing Tigers (DEL)
Michael Swift – Gangwon High1 (Asia League)
Mikael Tam – Bakersfield Condors (AHL)
Matt Taormina – Syracuse Crunch (AHL)
Daniil Tarasov – Dynamo Moskva (KHL)
Matt Tennyson – Carolina Hurricanes (NHL)
Chris Tierney – San Jose Sharks (NHL)
T.J. Trevelyan – Augsburger Panther (DEL)
Evan Trupp – Augsburger Panther (DEL)
Mitch Versteeg – HK Nitra (Slovakia)
Ryan Vesce – Gotteron (NLA)
Marek Viedensky – HC Slovan Bratislava (KHL)
Marc-Edouard Vlasic – San Jose Sharks (NHL)
Dane Walters – Toledo Walleye (ECHL)
Matt Willows – San Jose Barracuda (AHL)
Mike Wilson – Quad City Mallards (ECHL)
Tommy Wingels – Ottawa Senators (NHL)
Ty Wishart – HC Banska Bystrica (Slovakia)
William Wrenn – Toronto Marlies (AHL)
Gus Young – San Antonio Rampage (AHL)
Steven Zalewski – Straubing Tigers (DEL)

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Several former Worcester AHLers at the top of their pro leagues as NHL trade deadline passes

As the NHL moves past its trade deadline it’s time to take another look at how some former Worcester AHL players are doing among their respective pro leagues.

For the North American pro leagues any player in their league’s top-20 or leading their NHL or AHL team that gets listed, and for the European leagues it’s just those in the top-five for the league. Goaltenders only get a mention if they meet their league’s qualifying minimums. All of the stats and rankings are as of games played on March 4.

For skaters in the NHL it’s three current San Jose Sharks making the list, with Joe Pavelski‘s five game winners tying him for 18th in the league and his 19 power play points ties for the Sharks team lead. Micheal Haley‘s 76 penalty minutes earns him an 18th place rank, and Logan Couture‘s eight power play goals ties him for 20th in the NHL.

Two former WorSharks goaltenders make the listing, with Thomas Greiss of the New York Islanders getting four mentions. His 21 wins ties him for 17th, a .918 save percentage ties him for 14th, his 2.48 goals against average is good enough for 16th, and his three shutouts ties him for twelfth.

St. Louis Blues backup netminder Carter Hutton has two top-20s to his credit, with his 2.44 goals against average earning him the 15th spot and his four shutouts tying him for eighth.

In the AHL it’s Bridgeport’s Bracken Kearns leading the way with four top-20s. His five game winners tie him for third, his 19 goals tie him for 18th, his seven power play goals tie him for 19th, and his +15 rating ties him for 20th. His Sound Tigers teammate Steve Bernier hits the list with nine power play goals, tying him for seventh in the AHL.

WorSharks fan favorite Yanni Gourde also hits the list four times as the Crunch forward leads the AHL with four shorthanded goals and is tied for the league lead with six game winners. His 22 goals ties him for fifth in the league, and his 46 points ties him for eleventh.

Gourde’s Syracuse teammate Matt Taormina gets four mentions himself as his 17 power play points and 33 assists both tie for eighth in the league, while his 46 points ties him for eleventh and his seven power play goals ties him for 19th.

Three current San Jose Barracuda make the listing, with Joakim Ryan‘s four game winners tying him for 14th and his +26 rating ranking him third in the AHL, Barclay Goodrow‘s two shorthanded goals ties him for ninth and his four game winners ties him for 14th, and John McCarthy two shorthanded goals ties him for ninth.

Nikolay Goldobin, formerly with the Barracuda and now in the Vancouver organization, also has four game winners for an entry tied for 14th place.

Three more former WorSharks skaters hit the AHL listing a single time, with Springfield’s Sena Acolatse tied for thirteenth with 102 penalty minutes, St John’s forward Bobby Farnham‘s 120 penalty minutes placing him in fourth, and Rochester defenseman Taylor Fedun tied for second with two overtime goals.

For goaltenders it’s two players placing five times each, with Iowa’s Alex Stalock 37 games earning him a fifth place spot, his 17 wins tying him for eighth, a 2.43 goals against and .920 save percentage both good enough for thirteenth, and 3 shutouts tying him for fifth.

Barracuda netminder Troy Grosenick‘s seven shutouts leads the AHL, his 35 games ties him for seventh, 21 wins ties him for fourth, and his 2.00 goals against and .932 save percentage both rank second in the league.

In the ECHL it might be easier to list the stats Chad Costello doesn’t rank in as the reigning MVP from Allen hits the list a whopping seven times. His 31 power play assists, his 73 total assists, and 104 points all lead the league. He also has two overtime goals which ties him for fourth, six game winning goals and 31 total goals tying him for fifth, and nine power play goals tying him for seventh.

His teammate on the Americans Greger Hanson adds four more to the list with his 30 goals and 65 points both tying him for seventh, his five game winning goals tying him for ninth, and his 12 power play goals tying him for second.

Allen gets a third entry as Spencer Asuchak adds two entries of his own as he also has 12 power play goals (tied for second) and his 59 points ties him for 14th.

As if that wasn’t enough for the Americans, goaltender Riley Gill leads the ECHL in goals against average (2.09), save percentage (.938) and shutouts (6). His 23 wins gets him fourth in the league.

Another frequent ECHL mention in these posts is Alaska’s Peter Sivak, who hits the list five times. His 32 goals ties him for second, his seven game winners places him fourth, his +23 rating ties him for twelfth, and his seven power play goals and 59 points both tie him for 14th.

Two former WorSharks rank in the ECHL’s top-20 for shorthanded goals with Wichita’s Vincent Arseneau tying for the league lead with four, and Reading’s Todd Perry makes his debut on the listing with two shorties of his own, good enough to tie for 16th.

Rounding out the ECHL skaters are two players that like to mix it up, with Alaska’s Garet Hunt‘s 219 penalty minutes ranking him second in the league and Curt Gogol‘s 123 penalty minutes earning him the 20th spot.

For the former Worcester AHLers over in Europe Dan DaSilva is still strutting his stuff in the EBEL as his 31 goals and 39 assists both rank him third, and his 70 points earns him second place in the league.

Scott Fleming is still chugging away in France where his 26 goals and 58 points are both second in the league. His 32 assists ranks him fourth.

In the DEL two former WorSharks are league leaders with Jack Combs pacing the DEL with 27 goals and Mike Connolly leading the league with 39 assists. Connelly also ties for fourth with 48 points.

Nick Schaus‘ third ranked 29 assists in the Czech league, Bryan Lerg‘s 19 goals tying him for third in the SHL, and Jeff Jakaitis‘ .920 save percentage (fourth) and 1.98 goals against (third) in Norway round out the former WorSharks.

Just three former Worcester IceCats make the posting. Dan Corso‘s 49 points (second) and 33 assists (tied for fourth) in Belarus earn him a spot, while in Slovakia Ladislav Nagy leads the league in goals (29) and is second in points (61).

Goaltender Jason Bacashihua, also in Slovakia, is the final entry this time as he leads the league in goals against average (2.04) and is second in save percentage (.930).

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Nikolay Goldobin traded from San Jose to Vancouver, but he’ll always belong to WorSharks fans

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If someone told me I’d be writing a blog post the morning of NHL trade deadline day about a player that appeared in just 13 total games for the Worcester Sharks I’d probably have laughed at them and just went on my way. But this morning I woke up to find out former WorSharks forward Nikolay Goldobin had been traded from San Jose to Vancouver, and here I am writing one.

We’ll just add that the long list of stuff I’ve gotten wrong over the years.

Why I’m writing a post has nothing to do with what Goldobin did on the ice here. His three goals and five points in nine regular season games to end the 2014-15 season was a nice addition, but like his teammates his four playoff games that year couldn’t really be called “successful”. The reason is what happened after game two of that playoff series against Hershey.

As many folks left the DCU Center after that 3-1 game two loss put Worcester down 2-0 in the best of five series it was apparent that the WorSharks had probably played their last game in the city. As they left the building most fans were saying their good-byes to the front office staff and DCU employees, noting that they were hoping for a miracle comeback and more games, but it didn’t look good.

A large group of fans, myself included, went over to the restaurant next door to have one last gathering before the season–and WorSharks–were officially over. As one would expect, it was a mixture of sadness and celebration. Until someone noticed Goldobin had walked in.

Goldobin was staying at the hotel attached to the restaurant, and had called in a take out order to bring up to his room. He did notice all the fans in the place, and with his head down obviously not wanting to attract any attention walked up to the hostess to get his order.

Fans began cheering for him and they were not quiet about it. You could tell Goldobin, whose team had just lost and probably played their last game in the city, was momentarily confused by the fan reaction. After some encouragement from fans he walked over to the group.

He could have just waved and left, he could have ignored everyone, he could have done pretty much anything but go over to the now loudly cheering fans, but that 20 year old kid walked over and shook every hand that was thrust out to him, signed every autograph that was asked, and in broken English said the team knew they had to make it back for another series for the fans.

As we all know, they didn’t. Goldobin and the WorSharks moved out west to San Jose, and now that 22 year old budding star is headed north to Vancouver. He likely doesn’t recall the events of that late evening in April of 2015, but lots of Worcester fans do.

And that’s why he’ll always be one of us.

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Bruins firing of Julien was necessary, but ill timed

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In what was supposed to be a day of celebration in the city of Boston for the New England Patriots Super Bowl win on Sunday, it was the Bruins stealing the headlines by firing head coach Claude Julien.

I will freely admit I am not a fan of Julien, and have wanted him gone for a long time–since May 14, 2010, to be exact. That’s the day the Bruins lost a 3-0 lead at home over the Philadelphia Flyers in game seven of their 2010 playoff series that the Bruins had lead 3 games to none at one point. I often jokingly say I would have fired Julien after the second period of that game.

OK, you’re right, it’s only mostly joking.

The issues this season are not all of Julien’s making. The Bruins roster is lacking in several areas, most notably in back-up goaltending and in the middle pairing on defense. Dave Krejci and Patrice Bergeron are not having the quality of seasons they’ve had in the past. None of those things can be blamed on Julien.

One thing that irks a lot of fans about the Bruins is over the last few seasons is how wildly inconsistent they have been. They usually look like gangbusters against the top teams in the league but then follow it up by looking like a pee-wee team against the cellar dwellers.

To me that’s a coaching issue, while others say it’s not and it’s on the players. Like in most things, the truth is probably somewhere in the middle. But in any case, you can’t fire the whole team so it’s the head coach that takes the fall.

But no matter if you’re for Julien’s firing or not, General Manager Don Sweeney showed an incredible lack of class by doing it this morning. When all eyes should be squarely set on the Patriots now the day’s sports focus is split with the Bruins.

It would be different if the Bruins had a game tonight, or even tomorrow night, as you’d want Interim Head Coach Bruce Cassidy to have a much time as possible to potentially put new lines in place. But with their next game on Thursday there was no reason why Sweeney couldn’t have waited until the parade was over to fire Julien.

So as of this morning the pressure is on Sweeney to deliver a winning team. Keeping Julien as head coach after he was hired gave Sweeney a scapegoat if things didn’t work out. After the season is over Sweeney gets to hire his guy to lead the Bruins, and if the team keeps failing it will be Bruins President Cam Neely firing Sweeney.

And hopefully he won’t do it during next season’s Patriots Super Bowl parade.

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