With the official announcement of the Worcester Railers affiliating with the New York Islanders and Bridgeport Sound Tigers happening Thursday evening, a quick look back at the pro hockey history in Worcester shows the city and the Islanders are not strangers to each other.
In Worcester’s twenty year AHL history they had two longtime NHL affiliates, the St Louis Blues with the IceCats and the San Jose Sharks with the WorSharks. But in the early days of the IceCats the Blues split their affiliation with a couple different teams. Officially the Ottawa Senators joined the Blues in Worcester from 1996 to 1998, but prior to that in 1995-96 the Blues split the IceCats with another team…
The New York Islanders.
In that one season eight IceCats would go on to play for the Islanders, making it what might be the best single year affiliation in recent AHL history. But that’s not the end of the connection. In the summer of 1994 Roy Boe purchased the Springfield Indians and moved them to Worcester to become the IceCats. In 2001 Boe sold the IceCats to the Blues and founded another AHL team, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.
Since the fall of 1994, the beginning of AHL hockey in Worcester, 60 different players have connections between the city and the Islanders and/or Sound Tigers.
Below is a list of all those players, and starting in October this list will hopefully get a lot longer.
Islanders property playing for Worcester
Worcester players who went on to play for Islanders
Eric Boguniecki (also BRI asst coach)
Played for Islanders, then played for Worcester
Worcester players who also played for Bridgeport
Worcester players who coached in NYI organization
Dave Baseggio (BRI asst & head coach)
Scott Pellerin (BRI head coach)