May 18, 2022
San Jose, California – San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) Interim CEO and CEO of Barracuda Joe goes announced today that the San Jose Barracuda (@SJBarracuda), the Sharks’ top developmental affiliate in the American Hockey League (), made several changes to their coaching staff.
John McCarthy, a longtime member of the Sharks and Barracuda organization as a player and coach, will be the second head coach in team history. McCarthy, 35, has spent the past two seasons as a development coach for the Barracuda after serving as an assistant coach for part of the 2019-20 campaign after retiring as a player due to medical reasons.
“John McCarthy is a natural choice as the next San Jose Barracuda head coach,” Will said. “His leadership skills and professionalism, paired with his hockey IQ, have allowed him to succeed throughout his long and distinguished career with the Sharks and Barracuda. These qualities, which he has amply demonstrated on our player development team over the past two years, will be a great asset to our developing players.
“I’m honored to be named head coach of the San Jose Barracuda,” McCarthy said. “I have been a member of this organization for 13 years and couldn’t be happier to have this opportunity. I’d like to thank the organization for trusting me to lead this group, and I’m excited to start working on developing the next wave of players for the Sharks.
Roy Sommer who has served as head coach of the Sharks’ high-level development program for the past 24 seasons, will become a senior Barracuda adviser. In this role, he will assist Will with various player scouting and development efforts in the AHL.
The following changes were also announced today:
Coach’s Assistant Jimmy Bonneau was reassigned to his former role as professional scout
Coach’s Assistant Michel Chiasson accepted an agent position with CAA Hockey in collaboration with Pat Brisson
· Goalkeeping coach Dany Sabourin decided not to return to the Barracuda to return closer to his home in Quebec
Video coach, hockey operations manager Nick Gialdini will remain in its current role. Other members of McCarthy’s coaching staff will be announced at a later date.
McCarthy, who was selected by the Sharks in the seventh round of the 2006 NHL Draft, holds all major Barracuda franchise records as a player, including games played (275), goals (62), assists (76), points (138), and shorthanded goals (5). He captained the Barracuda team from 2016 to 2019 and also captained the Worcester Sharks for the 2012-13 season.
In 577 career AHL games with Worcester, Chicago and San Jose, he had 297 points (130 goals, 167 assists), 233 penalty minutes and a plus-62 differential.
He also had 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 27 playoff games for the Barracuda across four seasons, including the team’s 2017 appearance in the Western Conference Finals.
Additionally, McCarthy played in 88 NHL games with the Sharks between 2009 and 2016, racking up six points (three goals, three assists) and 22 penalty minutes.
In total, McCarthy played 640 regular season games with the San Jose NHL and AHL franchises.
In 2018, McCarthy was selected to the United States Men’s Olympic Ice Hockey Team, appearing in five games at the Pyeongchang Olympics.
Prior to his professional career, McCarthy spent four seasons at Boston University, including as co-captain of their 2009 national championship team.
Sommer, 65, ends his legendary coaching tenure with the Sharks organization after 24 seasons, compiling a record 808-721-48-159 (WLT-OTL/SOL).
Each of those wins has come behind the bench at the San Jose AHL branch (Kentucky 1998-01, Cleveland 2001-06, Worcester 2006-15, San Jose 2015-22).
He finished as the American Hockey League’s all-time leader in games coached (1,736) and wins coached (808).
“Roy is a legendary hockey figure and his accomplishments both on the ice and in player development speak for themselves,” said Will. “We thank him for nearly a quarter of a century behind the Barracuda and Sharks bench, and we’re thrilled that he will continue to be a part of our organization in the future.”
Sommer earned the 800th victory of his AHL career on January 8, 2022 against the Henderson Silver Knights. On December 3, 2017, he became one of seven professional hockey coaches to reach 700 coaching victories between the NHL, AHL and ECHL.
Sommer received the AR Pieri Memorial Award as AHL Coach of the Year after leading the Barracuda to a 43-16-4-5 (.699) record and the franchise’s first appearance in the Western Conference Finals in 2016-17.
During his AHL coaching career, Sommer coached over 150 players who would go on to play in the NHL, including Logan Couture, Tomas Hertl, Timo Meier, Kevin Labanc, Joe Pavelski, Dan Boyle, Thomas Greiss, Jason Demers , Justin Braun, Miikka Kiprusoff, Evgeni Nabokov, Jonathan Cheechoo, Ryan Clowe and Douglas Murray.
Sommer also served as an associate coach for the Sharks for part of the 2019-20 season, before joining the Barracuda as the team’s head coach ahead of the 2020-21 season. He was an assistant coach for the Sharks from 1996 to 1998.
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