Roy Sommer is officially returning as coach of the San Jose Sharks’ top minor affiliate in Worcester, the team announced on Friday.
Sharks general Doug Wilson revealed on Tuesday that Sommer would be back for a 19th year with the organization, including 17 as a head coach in the American Hockey League.
Sommer owns the AHL record for most games coached with 1268, and is fourth with 576 wins.
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“The San Jose Sharks pride themselves in developing players within our organization and Roy has been an integral part of that success,” Sharks assistant general manager Joe Will said in a statement. “I am looking forward to [working] closely with Roy and his staff next season in Worcester with a primary goal of winning the Calder Cup.”
Worcester also announced that associate coach David Cunniff would not return, as he has decided to explore other opportunities. Cunnif spent 12 seasons as a coach with the Sharks’ top affiliate.
“We will take the appropriate time in our search for a new Worcester Sharks assistant coach to find the right person to work with Roy and our prospects in the Sharks organization,” said Will.