Today in Worcester hockey history: preview

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The beginning of the 2019-2020 hockey season, which officially started back on July 1st, marks the 25th anniversary of the Worcester IceCats and professional hockey returning to the city. To celebrate, starting tomorrow there will be a post every day, except Christmas Eve and Christmas, detailing every IceCats, Worcester Sharks, and Worcester Railers regular season and playoff game played by date.

Unfortunately the same can’t be said for all the exhibition games as two have so far escaped attempts to determine the details. The two games are September 27, 2003 when the IceCats lost 4-2 to Albany in East Rutherford, New Jersey and September 29, 2007 when the WorSharks beat Providence 4-3 in a shootout at the New England Sports Center.

An email to the AHL asking for information on those two games sent by current Railers Booster Club President Rich Lundin has so far gone unanswered.

These posts will run until May 2nd, when the streak of playing days ends. There are a few games after that date, with the concluding post coming on May 13th.

Once again I need to thank longtime hockey fan Stan Hosmer for his help in this project. Stan owns a significant portion of the IceCats game sheets having been given them by the team when the franchise closed up shop for its move to Peoria. There were a couple boxes of them that Stan didn’t get, so in theory, they could potentially exist out there.

Many of the entries are the actual press releases from the teams or, in some cases, their opponents. You’ll see all those, plus any that came from other sources, tagged as to where they came from. If it doesn’t mention a source, it was put together by me using game sheets and any notes on the game that was available.

I hope everyone enjoys these looks back as 25 years of pro hockey in the city.

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