When the Worcester Sharks moved on to San Jose, California to become the Barracuda at the end of the 2014-15 AHL season all the pages on the WorSharks old website were removed and many important bits of Worcester hockey history were lost forever. One of those was the home of the Worcester Hockey Hall of Fame.
Established in 2011, the Worcester Sharks held induction ceremonies for three classes Worcester Hockey Hall of Fame, with a total of 13 people with local ties added.
Since there is currently no physical location for the Worcester Hockey Hall of Fame 210Sports is proud to keep alive the names of those inducted, and hopefully in the coming years those enshrined will be able to have a place where their accomplishments can be celebrated by visitors.
The following is how each person was listed in the press releases announcing their inductions, and some have been edited to include accomplishments since their enshrinement.
CLASS OF 2011
Anderson built the first ever hockey rink in Worcester at Webster Square providing the first enclosed skating rink in central Massachusetts. He was the owner of the Worcester Warriors (EHL) in the mid 1950s which paved the way to bring professional hockey to Worcester.
A coach in youth sports for 48 years, Bates was nicknamed the “Father of Youth Hockey” in the United States after he started the first Youth Hockey program in Worcester and it spread throughout the country. He organized North High School’s first hockey team in 1917, and was the former coach of North High School, Worcester Academy, and Holy Cross.
Marvin Degon, Sr.
The elder Degon is the all-time leading scorer at Worcester State and one of the all-time leading scorers in NCAA Division 3 hockey, Marvin was known for his legendary hard slap shot. He is the father of Marvin Degon Jr., who had a nine season professional career in North America and Europe.
Born in Auburn, MA, Kelly played at Providence College and won four silver medals in the women’s World Ice Hockey Championships (1990, 1992, 1994, and 1997). Kelly was the final cut from the United States gold medal winning team for the 1998 Winter Olympics in Nagano, Japan.
The former Worcester IceCats captain and all-time leader in games played with 455, Virtue was a fixture in Worcester for six hockey seasons accumulating 210 points and 1083 penalty minutes. With over 1,100 professional games played, he suited up in five games in the NHL (Four with Boston, one with New York Rangers).
Born in Clinton, MA, Young played 1181 games in the NHL scoring 342 goals and winning the Stanley Cup in 1991 (Pittsburgh) and 1996 (Colorado). The three-time U.S. Olympian played his prep school hockey at St. Mark’s School in Southborough and skated with the BU Terriers before turning pro in 1998.
CLASS OF 2012
The Worcester native and former standout goaltender at St. Peter’s High and Yale, is currently the head coach of the Yale Bulldogs and won the NCAA Division I Men’s Hockey Championship in 2013. Keith was an assistant coach with the 1992 and 2006 USA Olympic hockey teams as well as the head coach of the 2001, 2002 and 2011 team USA entries in the IIHF World Junior Championships. He also served as an assistant with the Washington Capitals from 1993-1997 and served as the St. Louis Blues goaltender coach from 1998-2006 prior to taking over at Yale.
A fan favorite during in over four seasons in Worcester, Boguniecki amassed 156 points in 145 games. His best professional season was with the IceCats during the 2001-02 season where he recorded 38 goals, 46 assists for a total of 84 points. That season, Eric was rewarded with the Les Cunningham award for the AHL’s Most Valuable Player and he was the first American born player to win it since 1953.
The affable Paxton native has been a skating coach over the past 42 years and was instrumental in founding the Lakers Skating School in 1970. During the 1970s, inspired by the Boston Bruins Stanley Cup Championship, Patti decided to enlarge the “Learn to Skate” program to include a beginner hockey program that became increasingly popular. Over the years, Patti has guided many young and upcoming skaters and hockey players including NHL player Tom Poti.
The late Bob Skinner was a Worcester native and standout hockey player at Norwich University regarding for his exceptional playmaking ability. Bob was recognized for his career with his induction into the Norwich Hall of Fame in 1988. He was an assistant hockey coach at Holy Cross from 1966 to 1974 and also operated the Bouvier/Skinner Hockey School during that period. The Robert J. Skinner ’63 Scholarship was established in his name in 2004 and is awarded to students from the Central Massachusetts area.
CLASS OF 2013
John Coughlin Sr.
Coughlin was one of the founding fathers of Worcester Pee-Wee Hockey, the first coach of St. Peter’s High School, and the organizer of varsity hockey at Worcester State where he compiled 140 wins in 15 seasons. Led WSU to three ECAC Division 3 in the 1970s and his squad set the NCAA national record with 252 goals in just 24 games in 1971-72.
Auburn native was the first player born in Central Massachusetts to play in the NHL, making his debut with the St. Louis Blues in 1978. Lamby was a member of the 1976 US Olympic hockey team and the 1978 USA World Championship team. Former ECAC player of the year with Salem State, he later went on to win a national championship with Boston University in 1978.
A hockey star at St. Peter’s, Murphy was considered the very first star of the Holy Cross hockey program and wrote the first pages of the Holy Cross record book. Led the Crusaders to three Worcester College Hockey Championships and still holds the record for most goals in a single season with a 45 goal effort in 1969-70.
Spearheaded the formation of the Northboro youth hockey association, inaugurated the hockey program at Algonquin, and was the general manager of the North Star Youth Forum for 15 years. Roy was the head coach of the WPI club hockey team for 13 seasons and led them to a National Championship in 1991. He is a member of the Frank Zamboni Hall of Fame, and the Roy Conference in high school hockey is named after him.
From 2011 to 2013 the selection committee included the following:
Bill Ballou – Worcester Telegram & Gazette
John Coughlin, Jr – Worcester State University hockey Associate Head Coach
Peter Glanville – former Auburn A.D. and varsity hockey head coach
Michael Mudd – Athletic Director, Worcester State University
Arthur Sachse – AHL Supervisor of Off-Ice Officials for the WorSharks
Kevin Shea – Sports Director, Charter TV3
Sherman Whitman – Morning Show Co-Host, WPKZ Radio
There are also five former Worcester professional hockey players in league Hall of Fames:
Chris Valicevic 2008(inaugural class)
Allan Sirois 2016
Jim Bermingham 2019
Frederic Cassivi 2015
Bryan Helmer 2017