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Barracuda Head Coach Sommer Honored on 2/13

by Staff Writer / San Jose Sharks

SAN JOSE, CA - The San Jose Barracuda (@SJBarracuda) presented by Barracuda Networks (@barracuda) and the American Hockey League (@TheAHL) affiliate of the San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) announced today that the Sharks will honor Barracuda Head Coach Roy Sommer prior to the Sharks game on Sat., Feb. 13 against the Arizona Coyotes at 7:30pm at SAP Center at San Jose.

Sommer, a native of Oakland, picked up his record-breaking 637th win on Wed., Feb. 10 at SAP Center in the Barracuda's 4-2 victory over the Ontario Reign, surpassing Fred "Bun" Cook (636 wins) for the most wins in AHL history.

American Hockey League President and CEO David Andrews, representatives from the Sharks hockey operations staff, and Sharks and Barracuda players will all take part of the ceremony to honor Coach Sommer before the opening faceoff between the Sharks and the Coyotes.

Now in his 18th season as the San Jose Sharks AHL affiliate's head coach, Sommer ranks first in the AHL in games coached (1,388) and victories (637). In the AHL, he has coached 120 players who have gone on to play in the NHL, including 95 who have spent a portion of their careers with the San Jose Sharks. In all, 20 players who have dressed for the San Jose Sharks this season played for Sommer in the AHL at one point in their career.

AHL COACHING WINS - ALL-TIME

Roy Sommer 1998-current 18 seasons 1,388 GP 637 WINS
Fred "Bun" Cook 1937-56 19 seasons 1,171 GP 636 WINS
Frank Mathers 1956-85 18 seasons 1,256 GP 610 WINS
John Paddock 1981-2010 16 seasons 1,125 GP 589 WINS

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