Over on the 210Sports Facebook page I’ve been posting daily updates for each day in Worcester hockey history. In case people missed some, I’ll gather them at the end of each month here on the blog.
2006 – Worcester Sharks center Joe Pavelski has been named the Rbk Hockey/AHL Rookie of the Month for October.
Birthdays: Taryn Harris (1994)
2005 – The City of Worcester begins a season-ticket drive in an attempt to lure an AHL franchise to the DCU Center for the 2006-07 season. SMG indicated it would guarantee that 33 of any new team’s 40 home games would be played on weekends. Management would allow any new team to have a share in revenue from concessions sales and increase the money it makes from merchandise sales. The DCU Center also would install an event curtain that will block off large portions of the building’s upper seating areas for most home games, creating a cozier atmosphere and hopefully encouraging season ticket sales.
2006 – Tom Walsh signed to an SPC by the Worcester Sharks.
2019 – The ECHL suspended Worcester Railers forward Ross Olsson one game for getting an instigator penalty in the last five minutes of the Railers game against Adirondack on November 1st. The suspension is automatic with the penalty.
Birthdays: Julius Bergman (1995)
2004 – Worcester IceCats defenseman Dennis Wideman was named the Reebok AHL Rookie of the Month for October.
2018 – The ECHL suspended Worcester Railers defenseman Kyle Mckenzie for one game as “Supplementary Discipline” after game misconduct on 11/2 vs Adirondack. His game misconduct was for “throwing equipment” for shooting the puck off the ice surface after a whistle.
Birthdays: Mitch Versteeg (1988)
1994 – The Worcester IceCats release Shaun Kane and Martin Mercier from their try-out contracts and sign each to standard contracts.
1995 – The Worcester IceCats hosted a group from the Kentucky Thoroughblades, who had an AHL team starting the next year in Lexington, Kentucky. That team would eventually evolve into the Worcester Sharks.
Birthdays: Eric Fichaud (1975)
1954 – The Worcester Warriors added five players: Dartmouth College alumni Ralph Wilburton, Cliff Harrison, and Johny Grocott, who captained the 1952 Dartmouth Big Green. Bob Lloyd and Jimmy bell both played with the Boston Olympics.
2000 – The AHL suspended Worcester IceCats forward Doug Friedman for two games as a result of the match penalty he incurred for crosschecking Providence’s Ivan Huml in the face on November 3rd.
2003 – The Worcester IceCats loan Jeff Panzer to TeamUSA for the Deutschland Cup. TeamUSA would win the tournament.
2019 – The Worcester Railers acquire D Jack Stander from The Atlanta Gladiators in exchange for future considerations.
Birthdays: Ken Sutton (1969); Matthew Nieto (1992)
Birthdays: Alfie Michaud (1976); Andrew Murray (1981)
2000 – The AHL suspended Worcester IceCats forward Chris Murray for one game as a result of the match penalty he incurred for kneeing Kentucky forward Eric LaPlante during a fight on November 6th.
2003 – Scott Pellerin signed to PTO by the Worcester IceCats.
Birthdays: Ryan Ready (1978); Joshua Prudden (1981); Willie Coetzee (1990)
2003 – The Worcester IceCats Booster Club named Marc Brown Player of the Month for October.
Birthdays: Riley Armstrong (1984)
2004 – The St Louis Blues announced they were selling the Worcester IceCats to Bruce Saurs and Anne Griffith, who will move the team to Peoria, Illinois to start the 2005-06 season.
Birthdays: Mike Iggulden (1982)
1994 – The Worcester Icecats unofficially name former Montreal Canadiens forward Chris Nilan to be John Wiedeman’s color analyst on WTAG. Nilan would go on to do many games at the Centrum and did a handful of road games around New England.
2001 – The Worcester IceCats release Eric Nickulas from his PTO and sign him to an SPC.
2018 – The Bridgeport Sound Tigers sign Evan Buitenhuis.
Birthdays: Jakub Skarek (1999)
2015 – First mention in the Worcester Telegram about a proposed skating rinks the former PresMet Corp. site, at Harding and Winter streets in the city. That would eventually be the site of Fidelity Bank Worcester Ice Center.
Birthdays: Art Chisholm (1934)
2000 – The AHL named Worcester IceCats defenseman Jaroslav Obsut Player of the Week.
Birthdays: Jim Bermingham (1971); Tomas Hertl (1993)
2018 – The San Jose Barracuda sign Ivan Kosorenkov
Birthdays: Billy-Jay Johnston (1975)
1954 – Worcester Warriors first goal ever scored by former Dartmouth hockey captain and football player Johnny Titus at 6:10 of the second period in a 9-3 loss at New Haven.
2003 – The San Jose Sharks received a 2005 conditional second-round pick (Marc-Edouard Vlasic) from the Calgary Flames in exchange for Miikka Kiprusoff.
2019 – The Worcester Railers traded Jake Bolton to the Orlando Solar Bears in exchange for forward Jake Marchment. Marchment refused to report to Worcester and was suspended.
2008 – Fire broke out in an electrical room at the DCU Center just after 7pm, killing power to the sold-out arena, which was packed with 6,000 hockey fans and autograph-seekers who had come to catch a glimpse of teenage TV star Jason Earles of the “Hannah Montana” show. The Worcester Sharks game against the Springfield Falcons was rescheduled.
2018 – The ECHL announced that Jim Bermingham had been selected for their league’s Hall of Fame. Bermingham played four games with the Worcester Icecats during the 1994-95 season.
Birthdays: Dante Salituro (1996)
2008 – The AHL suspended Worcester Sharks forward Dan DaSilva one game for his instigator penalty in the final five minutes of the third period Friday night in Providence while fighting Levi Nelson.
2010 – Worcester Sharks president Michael Mudd announced the formation of the Worcester Hockey Hall of Fame.
Birthdays: Adam Schmidt (1990)
1999 – The Worcester IceCats Booster Club named Ladislav Nagy Player of the Month for October
Birthdays: J.F. Boutin (1976); Marek Ivan (1978); William Vizzo (1995)
2020 – The Worcester Railers announced a voluntary suspension due to COVID-19 and will not play in the 2020-21 season. The plan is to get ready for October 2021.
Birthdays: Erin Hall (1994)
2019 – Worcester Railers acquire Dante Salituro from the Indy Fuel in exchange for future considerations.
2013 – Dan DaSilva signed to a PTO by the Worcester Sharks
2014 – The AHL announced that Frederic Cassivi had been selected for their league’s Hall of Fame. Cassivi played 45 games for the Worcester IceCats in the 1997-98 season.
Birthdays: Lars Pettersen (1976); Barry Almeida (1988)
2011 – The Worcester Sharks sign Brian O’Hanley to a PTO.
Birthdays: Martin Mercier (1970); Karl Stollery (1987); Brian Bowen (1995)
Birthdays: Spencer Asuchak (1991); Ross Olsson (1994)
2006 – The Worcester Sharks signed Josh Prudden to a PTO.
2007 – The Worcester Sharks signed Brady Leisenring to a PTO.
1994 – The Worcester IceCats signed Lindsay Vallis to a standard contract, upgrading him from a 25-game pro tryout. (Two days later Vallis would suffer a gruesome ankle injury in a game against Fredericton at the Centrum.)
Birthdays: Ed Campbell (1974); Christian Laflamme (1976); Mitch Fritz (1980); Michael Pereira (1991); Spencer Trapp (1995)
2000 – The Worcester IceCats Booster Club named Chris Murray Player of the Month for October.
2001 – After the day’s 4-1 win over Hartford for the first time in their history the Worcester IceCats have more goals scored than goals given up, 1,823 to 1,822.
2008 – Claude Lemieux signed as a free agent by the Worcester Sharks.
Birthdays: Libor Zabransky (1973); Daniel Ciampini (1990)
1996 – Ricard Persson traded to St. Louis by New Jersey with Mike Peluso for Ken Sutton and St. Louis’ 2nd round choice (Brett Clouthier) in 1999 Entry Draft.
2003 – The Worcester IceCats released Jon Coleman from his PTO and signed him to an SPC.
Birthdays: Mathieu Darche (1976); Brendan Brooks (1978)
1996 – Christer Olsson traded to Ottawa by St. Louis for Pavol Demitra.
2011 – The AHL suspended Worcester Sharks forward Matt Pelech for two games as a result of a hit to head on Manchester’s Jordan Nolan in a game there on November 18. (The video replay, slowed down, shows pretty clearly that Nolan made the last little move that resulted in his head hitting Pelech’s shoulder, rather than vice versa.)
2012 – The Worcester Sharks sign Mike Brennan to a PTO.
2017 – The QMJHL announced that Danny Groulx would be inducted into their Hall of Fame. Groulx played 113 games with the WorSharks over two seasons.
2019 – The Worcester Railers fired General Manager and Head Coach Jamie Russell, and hired longtime Worcester Sharks assistant coach David Cunniff to replace him. Railers Assistant Coach Derek Army was also let go. Eric Lindquist, Worcester’s longtime broadcaster who had the title of Vice-President of Marketing and Communications, was promoted to Director of Hockey Operations.
Birthdays: Shawn Heaphy (1968)
1996 – The AHL suspended Gary Leeman for three games and Daniel Guerard for two games for their actions on November 23 against Hershey. Leeman was involved in a stick-swinging incident with the Bears’ Cory Banika, and Guerard started the incident by going after Hersey forward Doug Friedman. Banika was suspended five games, three for his incident with Leeman and two games for spearing Worcester’s Justin Hocking in the face.
Birthdays: Brian Bonin (1973); Sena Acolatse (1990); Alec Marsh (1995)
2000 – Mike Peluso traded to St. Louis by Washington for Derek Bekar.
Birthdays: Erick Lizon (1985); Matt Irwin (1987)
2002 – The Worcester IceCats Booster Club named John Pohl Player of the Month for October.
2004 – “Save Our Hockey” representatives Rich Lundin and Darryl Hunt met with Worcester Mayor Tim Murray and City Solicitor David Moore about recruiting an AHL franchise to move to the city. The meeting was mentioned in passing in the Telegram, but the organization was not named.
2007 – The Worcester Sharks Booster Club named Nate Raduns Player of the Month for October.
Birthdays: Lance Brady (1970)