Roy Sommer became the winningest coach in the history of the American Hockey League on Wednesday, earning his 637th regular-season victory when the San Jose Barracuda defeated the Ontario Reign 4-2 at SAP Center.
Sommer surpassed the 636 wins by Fred "Bun" Cook during his 19 seasons with the Providence Reds and Cleveland Barons from 1937-56. Cook, a member of the Hockey Hall of Fame, had been the winningest coach in AHL history since moving into first place with his 153rd win on Nov. 13, 1943.
Sommer, 58, is in his 18th season in the AHL, all of it spent in the San Jose Sharks organization. He has coached Sharks prospects with the Kentucky Thoroughblades (1998-2001), Cleveland Barons (2001-06), Worcester Sharks (2006-15) and Barracuda (2015-present). Sonmor's 1,388 games behind the bench is also an AHL record, and he has coached 120 players who have gone on to play in the NHL, including current Sharks captain Joe Pavelski.
Prior to being named the Sharks' AHL coach, Sommer spent the 1997-98 season as an NHL assistant under Darryl Sutter in San Jose. Sommer played 10 seasons of professional hockey after being drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1977. He scored a goal in his NHL debut with the Edmonton Oilers in 1981 and was a member of the Calder Cup-winning Maine Mariners in 1984.