On Wednesday San Jose called up forward Mathieu Darche from Worcester, the Sharks top development affiliate in the American Hockey League. It marks the first Sharks call-up for the winger, but the Montreal native has 26 games of NHL experience with Columbus and Nashville, posting one career goal and one career assist.
Worcester’s lone representative in the 2007 AHL All-Star Classic in Toronto, Darche has played in all 51 games for Worcester this season and has compiled 53 points (25 goals, 28 assists) with a plus-four player rating. His 53 points have him tied for 12th in the AHL in scoring.
In addition to his team-leading 53 points, Darche owns four Worcester Sharks franchise records. The gritty forward scored the first ever Worcester Sharks goal in Portland (Oct. 6), scored the first goal on home ice against Portland (Oct. 14), recorded the first hat trick in team history against Manchester (Dec. 22) and holds the record for most points in a game with five (3+2=5) against Manchester (Dec. 22).
The Montreal native was signed as a free agent by the San Jose Sharks on July 10, 2006
In a related move, the Sharks reassigned goaltender Nolan Schaefer to the Hershey Bears of the AHL. Schaefer dressed in four games since his recall on Feb. 2, but did not see any action. Schaefer had filled in while Evgeni Nabokov rested a lower body injury and stayed home with his wife for the birth of the couple’s second child.
INTERESTING TIE Professional sports runs in the Darche family as his brother is the long snapper for the Seattle Seahawks. Darche actually had a football scholarship to McGill University, but gave up the full ride to focus on hockey.