May in Worcester hockey history

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.

2007 – San Jose Sharks general manager Doug Wilson announced that Worcester goaltender Dimitri Patzold will play for Team Germany in the International Ice Hockey Federation World Championships in Moscow.
2018 – The Bridgeport Sound Tigers sign Ryan Hitchcock.
Birthdays: Rob Davison (1980); Dylan DeMelo (1983); Glenn Olson (1984); Kristina Brown (1991)

2015 – With the XL Center in Hartford unavailable it was announced the Wolf Pack would play the first two games of the playoff series against the Hershey Bears at the DCU Center on May 10 and 11.
Birthdays: Konstantin Zakharov (1985); Alex Sakellaropoulos (1994)

Birthdays: John Carter (1963)

2006 – The Mid-State Hockey Association has changed its organization’s name from the Junior IceCats to the Junior Sharks and will incorporate the Worcester Sharks team colors and logo into its uniforms.
Birthdays: Sean Whyte (1970); Trevor Wasyluk (1978); James Desmarais (1979); Didier Tremblay (1979); Aaron Dell (1989); Anthony Calabrese (1992); Brock Higgs (1992)

1994 – The American Hockey League’s Board of Governors unanimously ratified the New England Hockey Team Limited Partnership of Worcester as the new owner of the Springfield Indians, starting with the 1994-95 season. The group will now move the franchise to Worcester. A deal was finally reached with the Providence Bruins, and the incoming Springfield Falcon will pay a significant portion of the financial settlement reached by the groups. The selling price of the Indians was $2.05 million, at that time the highest price ever for an AHL franchise.
Birthdays: Meghan Grieves (1994)

Birthdays: Dan Murphy (1974); Eric Boguniecki (1975); Carrie Atkinson (1994)

Birthdays: Trevor Byrne (1980); Jack Macnee (1996)

Birthdays: Quinn Hancock (1977); Mike Wilson (1987); Josh McArdle (1994); Ian Milosz (1995)

Birthdays: Andrej Podkonicky (1978)

Birthdays: Tim Branham (1981)

1995 – Sandy Dunn named General Manager of Worcester Centrum, replacing John A. Wentzell.
2020 – The Worcester Railers promote Mike Myers to Chief Operating Officer of the organization, and hire Stephanie Ramey as the team’s new president.
Birthdays: Ed “Butch” Songin (1924); Darren Clark (1975)

Birthdays: Bracken Kearns (1981); Kyle Bigos (1989)

Birthdays: Greg Black (1982); Trevor Parkes (1991)

Birthdays: Cory Larose (1975); Mike Van Ryn (1979)

2000 – Mark Rycroft and Dale Clark signed as free agents by St. Louis.


2012 – The Worcester Sharks signed forward Yanni Gourde to an SPC.
Birthdays: Mike Prokopec (1974); Nate Raduns (1984)

1994 – Worcester’s new AHL entry named Peter Ricciardi as the team’s executive vice president for marketing and sales.
Birthdays: Ryan Ramsay (1983); Morgan Turner (1996)

1998 – Worcester IceCats Executive Vice President Peter Ricciardi ordered “Hit Me With Your Best Shot” by Pat Benatar pulled from the playlist. Police Chief Ed Gardella had asked Ricciardi to do something to lower the level of violence at the games. Unable to stop the fighting, Ricciardi banned the pop song, which as T&G writer James Demsey put it back then, is about the equivalent of putting a doily under the dog’s dinner dish.
Birthdays: Andreas Johansson (1973); Ty Wishart (1988)

2004 – The Worcester IceCats promote Kevin Cummings to the post of chief operating officer. Cummings will perform the duties of COO in conjunction with his current responsibilities as the club’s executive vice president.
2016 – Worcester Railers president and general manager Toby O’Brien resigned to take a job with a National Hockey League team. The Railers have promoted Mike Myers, a longtime executive with the Worcester Sharks, to the position of team president.

2009 – The Worcester Sharks signed defenseman Louis Liotti to an SPC.
Birthdays: Sylvain Blouin (1974); Graham Mink (1979)

Birthdays: Jan Horacek (1979)

1995 – The Worcester IceCats officially affiliate with the St Louis Blues, with a five-year agreement announced. The Blues also announced the hiring of IceCats head coach Jim Roberts.
Birthdays: Jason Pitton (1986)

Birthdays: Bryan Arneson (1993)

Birthdays: Dan Keczmer (1968); Jim Henkel (1979); Louis Liotti (1985)

1994 – Season tickets for the inaugural season of Worcester’s new American Hockey League team went on sale.


Birthdays: David Roberts (1970); Jordan Samuels-Thomas (1990)

Birthdays: Jason Dawe (1973); Brian Yandle (1983); Jon Landry (1984)

1997 – The St. Louis Blues acquired Brent Johnson from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for the San Jose Sharks 3rd round choice (previously acquired, Colorado selected Rick Berry) in the 1997 Entry Draft.
Melker Karlsson
2014 – Melker Karlsson signed as a free agent by San Jose.
2017 – The Worcster Railers hire Terry Bangen as assistant coach.

2019 – The New York Islanders sign Arnaud Durandeau to an entry-level contract.
Birthdays: Marquis Mathieu (1973); Tanner Pond (1993)

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