SAN JOSE - San Jose Barracuda (@sjbarracuda) head coach and Bay Area native Roy Sommer picked up record breaking win #637 to surpass Fred "Bun" Cook (636 wins) for the most wins in AHL history as the San Jose Barracuda (20-16-5-3, 48pts) presented by Barracuda Networks began a three game home stand with a 4-2 win over the visiting Ontario Reign in front of 3,974 fans at SAP Center at San Jose on Wednesday evening.
Now in his 18th season as the San Jose Sharks AHL affiliate's head coach, Sommer ranks 1st in the AHL in games coached (1,388) and now victories (637) with the 4-2 victory over the Ontario Reign (AHL affiliate of the LA Kings). 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
1. Roy Sommer 1998-current 18 seasons 1,388 games 637 WINS
2. Fred "Bun" Cook 1937-56 19 seasons 1,171 games 636 WINS
3. Frank Mathers 1956-85 18 seasons 1,256 games 610 WINS
4. John Paddock 1981-2010 16 seasons 1,125 games 589 WINS
The Barracuda captured the victory behind goals from Bryan Lerg, Gus Young, Barclay Goodrow and Ben Smith while goaltender Aaron Dell made 50 saves in the victory.