June 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.

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1996 – Bob Lachance and Stephane Roy signed to free agent contracts by St. Louis
2010 – Carter Hutton signed as a free agent by San Jose.
2012 – The Worcester Sharks sign Daniil Tarasov to an SPC.
2018 – The Worcester Railers extended their affiliation agreement with the New York Islanders through the 2019-20 season.
Birthdays: Ladislav Nagy (1979)

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Birthdays: Jeremy Langlois (1990)

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Birthdays: Nick Sorkin (1991)

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2009 – The DCU Center, home of the AHL Worcester Sharks and former home of their predecessors, the IceCats, is having an entirely new rink installed in the next three months, including new glass, new boards, new pipes, and eventually, new ice.
Birthdays: Tom Koivisto (1974); Taylor Fedun (1988)

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1997 – Worcester IceCats executive vice president Peter Ricciardi confirmed that the local AHL team is owed indemnity because the New York Rangers’ AHL affiliate in Binghamton, N.Y., moved to Hartford, which is part of Worcester’s exclusive territory. As previously negotiated in the agreement that allowed the Indians to move to Worcester, the franchise in Hartford will owe the IceCats $250,000.
Birthdays: Blake Wojtala (1994)

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Birthdays: Tom Ashe (1974)

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2000 – Vladimir Chebaturkin signed as a free agent by St. Louis.
Birthdays: Jeff Jakaitis (1983); Jason Demers (1988)

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2017 – The Bridgeport Sound Tigers sign Jeff Kubiak.
Birthdays: Daniel Tkaczuk (1979); Jim McKenzie (1984)

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Birthdays: Levente Szuper (1980)

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2018 – The ECHL announced Tuesday that Telegram & Gazette sportswriter Bill Ballou has been selected as the 2017-18 recipient of the ECHL Outstanding Media Award. The award is determined in a vote of league media members, media relations directors, and broadcasters.
Birthdays: Frederic Cassivi (1975)

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2017 – The Bridgeport Sound Tigers sign Matthew Gaudreau.
Birthdays: William King (1994); Tyler Mueller (1994); Charlie Michalowski (1996)

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2003 – Worcester IceCats executive vice president Kevin Cummings announced a partnership between the team and Worcester county-based MidState Youth Hockey. The partnership includes changing the club’s name to the MidState Junior IceCats.

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2018 – The Worcester Railers announced that Derek Army has been named assistant coach and will join coach Jamie Russell behind the bench for the 2018-19 season.

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1990 – In the NHL Entry Draft the St Louis Blues selected Craig Johnson and Patrice Tardif.
2017 – The Worcester Railers announce the signing of their first-ever player, goaltender Joe Fallon. He would end up being cut at the end of training camp and never played another minute of pro hockey.
Birthdays: Jame Pollock (1979); Daniel Sisca (1983); Nathan Longpre (1988)

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1989 – In the NHL Entry Draft the Ottawa Senators selected Jason Zent and the St Louis Blues selected David Roberts. The Blues also acquired a 1989 third-round pick and a 1991 second-round pick (Steve Staios) from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for Greg Paslawski and a 1989 third-round pick.
2002 – Kevin Cummings was named executive vice president of the AHL’s Worcester IceCats.
2019 – The Worcester Railers re-sign Barry Almeida.
Birthdays: Joakim Ryan (1993); Courtney Turner (1994)

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2018 – The Worcester Railers re-sign Barry Almeida.
Birthdays: Kyle McLaren (1977); Antero Niittymaki (1980); Mike Banwell (1987); Ian O’Connor (1987)

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Birthdays: Cal McGowan (1970)

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1992 – In the NHL Entry Draft The New York Islanders selected Derek Armstrong, Jarrett Deuling, and Jason Widmer. The Ottawa Senators selected Daniel Guerard and Patrick Traverse. The St Louis Blues selected Bob Lachance, Ian Laperriere, and Nick Naumenko. The Blues also acquired a 1993 eleventh-round pick (Christer Olsson) from the Winnipeg Jets in exchange for a 1992 eleventh-round pick.
1993 – The New York Islanders acquired a 1994 third-round pick (Jason Strudwick) and future considerations from the San Jose Sharks in exchange for Jeff Norton.
2008 – In the NHL Entry Draft the San Jose Sharks selected Jason Demers, James Livingston, Harri Sateri, and Tommy Wingels.
2019 – The Worcester Railers re-sign Connor Doherty.
Birthdays: Jean-Paul Gladu (1921); Chris Saracino (1989); Daniil Tarasov (1991); Tom Tsicos (1992)

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1997 – In the NHL Entry Draft the St Louis Blues selected Jan Horacek, Marek Ivan, Ladislav Nagy, Jame Pollock, Tyler Rennette, and Didier Tremblay.
2003 – In the NHL Entry Draft the St Louis Blues selected Chris Beckford-Tseu and Konstantin Zakharov. The San Jose Sharks selected Steve Bernier, Matt Carle, and Joe Pavelski.
2008 – The San Jose Sharks acquire a 2008 fourth-round pick (Harri Sateri) from the Nashville Predators in exchange for a 2008 seventh-round pick and a 2009 fourth-round pick.
2019 – The Worcester Railers Hockey Club was awarded the 2018-19 ECHL Community Service Award at the ECHL League Meetings in Las Vegas.
Birthdays: Pascal Rheaume (1973); Reed Low (1976); Jochen Hecht (1977); Robert Powers (1994)

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1991 – In the NHL Entry Draft the New York Islanders selected Andreas Johansson and Jamie McLennan, and the St Louis Blues selected Chris Kenady and Steve Staios.
1996 – In the NHL Entry Draft the St Louis Blues selected Daniel Corso, Reed Low, Andrei Petrakov, Andrej Podkonicky, Marty Reasoner, and Konstantin Shafranov. The Ottawa Senators selected Ivan Ciernik and Erich Goldmann.
1999 – The Worcester IceCats hired Mike Thornton as public relations director and radio play-by-play voice.
2002 – In the NHL Entry Draft the St Louis Blues selected D.J. King, Tom Koivisto, Justin Maiser, and Alexei Shkotov. The San Jose Sharks selected Mike Morris, Dan Spang, and Tom Walsh.
2003 – The San Jose Sharks acquire a 2003 seventh-round pick (Joe Pavelski) from the Philadelphia Flyers in exchange for a 2004 sixth-round pick.
2007 – In the NHL Entry Draft the San Jose Sharks selected Justin Braun, Logan Couture, Frazer McLaren, Nick Petrecki, and Tyson Sexsmith.
2012 – In the NHL Entry Draft the San Jose Sharks selected Tomas Hertl, Joakim Ryan, and Chris Tierney.
2018 – In the NHL Entry Draft, the New York Islanders selected Jakub Skarek.
Birthdays: Chris Beckford-Tseu (1984); Dwight Helminen (1983); Alexei Shkotov (1984)

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1997 – Worcester IceCats coach Greg Gilbert has been named Minor League Coach of the Year by The Hockey News.
2001 – The St Louis Blues acquire Daniel Tkaczuk, Sergei Varlamov, Fred Brathwaite, and Calgary’s 9th round pick (Grant Jacobsen) in 2001 Entry Draft from the Calgary Flames in exchange for Roman Turek and St. Louis’ 4th round pick (Yegor Shastin) in 2001 Entry Draft. In the NHL Entry Draft, the Blues selected Jay McClement, Brett Scheffelmaier, and Igor Valeev. The San Jose Sharks selected Tom Cavanagh, Dmitri Patzold, and Tomas Plihal.
2017 – In the NHL Entry Draft, the New York Islanders selected Arnaud Durandeau.
2007 – The San Jose Sharks acquired a 2007 third-round pick (Tyson Sexsmith) from the Colorado Avalanche in exchange for a 2007 fourth-round pick, a 2007 fifth-round pick, and a 2008 sixth-round pick.
2018 – The Worcester Railers re-sign Woody Hudson.
Birthdays: David Haas (1968); Brandon Sugden (1978); Danny Groulx (1981)

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1994 – Worcester’s new AHL franchise announces the nickname “IceCats”. “An aggressive, agile, wild, yet friendly, cat indigenous only to the seven hills of Worcester” is the descriptor. At the same press conference Roy Boe, managing general partner, said the team has a target of averaging 8,000 fans per home game this season. He also revealed that (a) the IceCats will have no NHL affiliation this season, but will soon announce a two-team affiliation for the 1995-96 season; and (b) he has “a handshake agreement” with a popular, well-known, and well-liked coach/general manager who “is one of the most respected guys in hockey.”
2000 – In the NHL Entry Draft the St Louis Blues selected Reinhard Divis, Lauri Kinos, Justin Papineau, and Troy Riddle. The San Jose Sharks selected Michal Macho and Nolan Schaefer.
2001 – The San Jose Sharks acquired a 2001 fifth-round pick (Tomas Plihal) from the Buffalo Sabres in exchange for a 2001 fifth-round pick, a 2001 eighth-round pick, and a 2001 ninth-round pick.
2004 – Worcester IceCats announced coach Don Granato was given a contract extension. No details were released.
2006 – In the NHL Entry Draft the San Jose Sharks selected John McCarthy, Jamie McGinn, Ashton Rome, and Ty Wishart.
2011 – In the NHL Entry Draft the San Jose Sharks selected Dylan DeMelo and Matt Nieto.
2016 – In the NHL Entry Draft the New York Islanders selected David Quenneville.
2017 – The New York Islanders acquired the LA Kings 2017 sixth-round pick in exchange for the Islanders 2018 sixth-round pick. The Islanders selected Arnaud Durandeau.
2020 – For the second year in a row, the Worcester Railers HC Win the 2019-20 ECHL Community Service Award.

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2004 – The St. Louis Blues acquired Jason Bacashihua from the Dallas Stars in exchange for Shawn Belle.
2010 – In the NHL Entry Draft the San Jose Sharks selected Konrad Abeltshauser, Chris Crane, and Freddie Hamilton.
2011 – The San Jose Sharks acquire a 2011 second-round pick (Matt Nieto) from the Florida Panthers in exchange for a 2011 second-round pick and a 2012 third-round pick.
Birthdays: Todd Reirden (1971); Josh Harrold (1976); Yanick Turcotte (1996)

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1993 – In the NHL Entry Draft the St Louis Blues selected Mike Buzak, Jamal Mayers, Christer Olsson, Libor Prochazka, Jamie Rivers, and Alex Vasilevskii. The Ottawa Senators selected Radim Bicanek.
1998 – The St Louis Blues named John Ferguson Jr. general manager of the AHL’s Worcester IceCats.
1999 – In the NHL Entry Draft the St Louis Blues selected Trevor Byrne, James Desmarais, Colin Hemingway, Barret Jackman, Phil Osaer, Peter Smrek, and Chad Starling. The San Jose Sharks selected Douglas Murray. Also, the Sharks acquired a 2001 sixth-round pick (Tom Cavanagh) from the Vancouver Canucks in exchange for a 1999 sixth-round pick.
2004 – In the NHL Entry Draft the San Jose Sharks selected Thomas Greiss, Lukas Kaspar, Dave MacDonald, Torrey Mitchell, and Steven Zalewski.
2009 – In the NHL Entry Draft the San Jose Sharks selected Taylor Doherty and Marek Viedensky.
2010 – The San Jose Sharks acquired a 2010 sixth-round pick (Konrad Abeltshauser) from the Calgary Flames in exchange for Henrik Karlsson. San Jose also acquired a 2010 seventh-round pick (Chris Crane) from the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for a 2011 seventh-round pick.
2017 – Worcester Railers sign Barry Almeida and T.J. Syner.
2018 – The Worcester Railers acquire Nick Sorkin from the Wheeling Nailers in exchange for Nick Saracino.
Birthdays: Ross Wilson (1969); Matt Fornataro (1985); Nick Jones (1990)

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1995 – Worcester IceCats GM-coach Jimmy Roberts announced that Worcester has signed a one-year working agreement with the NHL’s New York Islanders.
1998 – In the NHL Entry draft the St Louis Blues selected Christian Backman, Maxim Linnik, Johnny Pohl, Andrei Troschinsky, Brad Voth, and Matt Walker.
2009 – The San Jose Sharks acquire a 2009 sixth-round pick (Marek Viedensky) from the Dallas Stars in exchange for a 2010 sixth-round pick.
2010 – The Worcester Sharks named Arthur Sachse head of off-ice officials replacing Norm Benoit, who retired.
2014 – In the NHL Entry Draft the San Jose Sharks selected Julius Bergman and Nikolay Goldobin, and the New York Islanders selected Kyle Schempp and Linus Soderstrom.
2018 – Worcester Railers Manager of Group Sales and HC Memberships Andrew Nawn awarded Ticket Executive of the Year Award from ECHL
Birthdays: Len Ceglarski (1926); D.J. King (1984)

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1994 – In the NHL Entry Draft the St Louis Blues selected Tyler Harlton, Stephane Roy, and Roman Vopat. The New York Islanders selected Jason Strudwick.
2010 – Mike Mudd was named Worcester Sharks team president yesterday in a front office move that will see him assume more of the day-to-day business operations of the Sharks while former president Mike Lehr spends more time in his new job as executive vice-president of business development for the team’s parent organization, Silicon Valley Sports and Entertainment.
2019 – The Bridgeport Sound Tigers sign Justin Murray and re-sign Yanick Turcotte.
Birthdays: Denny Urban (1988)

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2004 – The St. Louis Blues and Worcester IceCats had a busy day, signing 12 players in all, including three former IceCats, goalie Reinhard Divis and forwards Eric Boguniecki and Mark Rycroft, for the Blues. St. Louis also signed forwards Blake Evans, Mike Glumac and Johnny Pohl, and defensemen Trevor Byrne and Aaron Mackenzie. Worcester signed forwards Brendan Brooks and Robin Gomez, defenseman Brian Fahey, and goalie Alfie Michaud.
Birthdays: Johnny Pohl (1979); Lauri Kinos (1980); Justin Maiser (1983

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2000 – Mike Van Ryn signed as a free agent by St. Louis.
2004 – Jon DiSalvatore and Dennis Wideman signed as free agents by St. Louis.
2013 – In the NHL Entry Draft the San Jose Sharks selected Mirco Mueller. The New York Islanders acquired Cal Clutterbuck and a 2013 third-round pick from the Minnesota Wild in exchange for Nino Niederreiter. The Islanders then selected Eamon McAdam.
2018 – The Worcester Railers re-sign Kyle McKenzie.
Birthdays: Jamie McLennan (1971)


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