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SJ Players Give Credit To Roy Sommer

by San Jose Sharks Staff / San Jose Sharks
Fifteen of the current players in the Sharks dressing room played for Worcester Head Coach Roy Sommer and here are some thoughts from their time with him.

Dan Boyle
“He was my first coach in Kentucky. I was a Florida guy in the San Jose system, but he treated me like gold. He was great. He allowed me to play the way I wanted to and gave me the minutes. He treated me just like a Sharks prospect. It would have been pretty easy to let the Sharks guys get a little more ice time. He was very fair and he coached to win hockey games. That is where I got to polish my game off at the professional level. I was one of those guys that needed to play in the minors and he helped my game.”

Douglas Murray
“I think he buys into what the organization wants to do. It’s a huge help here to go from the minor leagues to the way the coaches up here want you to play. He plays the same type of hockey and it makes the transition a little easier. I had a great relationship with Roy, he was great to me. He played me until I couldn’t breathe any more, I loved him. He’s a really good guy off the ice. Roy is competitive and passionate about the games. He likes you when you play hard. If you play you are never really in trouble.”

Logan Couture
“I had a lot of fun. He keeps it light down there. He did a lot for my career last year. I spent 40 games down there and he taught me a lot about becoming a pro and about the game. I was one of the go-to guys out there and he threw me out there every other shift. I loved playing for Roy. I don’t think there are many coaches that have coached 1,000 games, so it’s pretty special.”

Brandon Mashinter
"Roy put trust in me right away.  He gave me lots of ice and I took advantage of it.  He's good for developing guys because he keeps playing guys.  It's great for him to coach 1,000 games.  When he needs to crack down on us he does, but as soon as it's over with he just keeps it nice and light.  The guys love him.  He brings fun to the game and all-around I like him as a coach.  He's just good."

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