Worcester’s all-time 20th anniversary AHL team: 2nd line

With this season being the 20th playing season of the American Hockey league in Worcester it’s a great time to look back and assemble the all-time 20th anniversary team for Worcester. With 2014-15 likely the last the city will see of the AHL at the DCU Center it’s doubly important to remember the history the city has in that league.

Last week I revealed the third line, and two weeks ago the fourth line and a little background on how the team was selected. This week it’s the second line.

F: Dan DaSilva

The only member of the famed “Crazed Rats” line to never get an NHL contract, Dan DaSilva was until just recently the Worcester Sharks franchise leader in goals and points scored. With Worcester he was not just an offensive threat but also one of the best forecheckers the team ever had. DaSilva was one of the players that made everyone around him better, and were it not for a couple seasons between stints with the WorSharks DaSilva could have put some of those career numbers out of the reach of everyone. DaSilva spent this season with the Augsburg Panthers of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL).

F: Mathieu Darche

Mathieu Darche scored the first goal in Worcester Sharks franchise history, and then went on a 35 goal season that is still the franchise record for most goals in a season and is fourth all-time in Worcester in the category. He is one of only four Worcester players all-time to have played at least a full season in the city and average over a point per game, and his 16 power play goals in 2006-07 are a WorSharks franchise record. Darche retired at the end of the 2011-12 season with 250 career NHL games under his belt.

F: Marty Reasoner

Marty Reasoner spent parts of three seasons with the Worcester IceCats before finally landing in the NHL full time, and in those three season he was an offensive force to be reckoned with scoring 125 points, on 57 goals and 68 assists, in 122 games played. One of only four members on the point per game list in Worcester’s history for players with a season or more played, Reasoner was never able to put up the same numbers in the NHL as the AHL but still managed to have a good career with 798 NHL games played over 15 pro seasons, retiring after the 2012-13 season.

D: Derek Joslin

The highest scoring defenseman in WorSharks history and third all-time in Worcester AHL history in scoring for blueliners Derek Joslin was one of the best two-way defenseman to ever play in Worcester. His aggressive style on both ends of the ice many times caused some consternation among fans, but there is no arguing his ability to get the job done when it counted. While not known as a fighter Joslin did drop the gloves when needed, and his opponents always knew they had been in a battle. Joslin left the WorSharks for a second time after the 2012-13 season, and has spent the last two years playing in Europe.

D: Jame Pollock

Anecdotally, the hardest shot owned by any player to wear a Worcester jersey belongs to Jame Pollock. His crunching slapshot from the point resulted in 63 goals and 104 assist, for 167 points, in 270 career games with the Worcester IceCats. Pollock is second all-time in Worcester AHL history in both points and assists, and his 63 goals ranks number one for defensemen all-time. It would be funny to watch defenders get out of the way on Pollock’s shots as opposed to trying to block them. Those that did block them often wish they hadn’t. Pollock retired after the 2012-13 season after playing 10 years in Europe.

G: Alex Stalock

The all-time wins leader in Worcester AHL history with 76, almost no former WorSharks player has a bigger fan base than Alex Stalock. A one time record holder for most AHL wins by a rookie goaltender Stalock was a huge factor in the WorSharks winning their only division title in 2009-10. A mobile, acrobatic-style goalie that made a lot of saves many other goaltenders wouldn’t have been able to make, Stalock suffered what could have been a career ending leg injury in February of 2011. One has to wonder if he hadn’t been hurt would he be an even better goaltender now for the San Jose Sharks.

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