Bruins Add 5 Players on Day 2 of NHL Draft
Sunday, June 24, 2018
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|Jakub Lauko was one of five players selected by the Bruins on day 2 of the NHL Draft PHOTO: Boston Bruins|
The Bruins did not have a first-round pick due to the trade with the New York Rangers for Rick Nash.
Bruins on Day 2 of NHL Draft
Boston got their draft started in round two when they picked Swedish defenseman Axel Andersson from Djugardens at 57th overall.
With Djugardeons, Andersson scored six goals and recorded 25 assists for a total of 31 points in 42 games.
In the third round, Boston took Czech center Jakub Lauko with the 77th overall pick.
Lauko played for Team Czech in the World Junior Tournament this past season.
In 2017-18 with Pirati Chomutov in the Czech Extraliga, Lauko recorded three goals and six assists in 42 games.
He scored two goals in 28 games during the 2016-17 season.
In the fourth round, Boston took Yale commit Curtis Hall with the 119th overall pick.
Hall is a 6-foot-3 center who netted 13 goals and recorded 31 points in 54 games last season with the Youngstown Phantoms of the USHL.
Hall will attend Yale next season.
In the sixth round, the Bruins picked defenseman Dustin McFaul out of the Ontario Junior Hockey League.
McFaul is 6’2” 188 pounds and will play at Clarkson University.
With their final pick, Boston selected forward Pavel Shen at number 212 overall.
Shen played 29 games in the KHL last season and scored 12 goals and recorded 14 assists.
Worcester's 1st Pro Hockey Team, Worcester Warriors
The Worcester Warriors played their first season as part of the Eastern Hockey League (EHL). The Warriors played their games at Worcester (Webster Square) Arena.
In their first season, under Head Coach John "Hans" Marsden, the Warriors went 3-17 and finished in last place.
Other Teams in the EHL that season included the Washington Lions, Clinton Comets, New Haven Blades and Baltimore Clippers.
Photo is of Harold Songin, courtesy of EHL.com
Warriors Join Atlantic Hockey League
After just one season in the EHL, the Warriors joined the Atlantic Hockey League for the 1955-56 season.
However, the 1956 season would be the last season for the Atlantic Hockey League and in turn, the last season for the Warriors.
Worcester Crusaders Youth Hockey is Established
The Worcester Crusaders served as one of the oldest youth hockey organizations in the Massachusetts.
The Crusaders competed in the New England Hockey League, one of the best youth hockey leagues in North America.
For the 2011/12 season, the Crusaders sponsored 9 teams ranging from mite division to midget division.
Photo courtesy of Crusaders website
The IceCats Come to Worcester
The IceCats came to Worcester prior to the 1994-95 season and played their games at the Worcester Centrum.
The IceCats went 24-45-11 in their first season and finished in 6th place in the conference.
However, the IceCats would turn it around and make the playoffs in every season after that, except 2004-2005, but would never advance past the second round.
Notable players from the IceCats include goaltender Dwayne Roloson, enforcer Sylvain Blouin, Steve Staios, Dennis Wideman, Ladislav Nagy and Terry Virtue.
Worcester IceCats are Moved to Illinois
After the St. Louis Blues announced the sale of the IceCats in 2004, the team was moved prior to the 2005-2006 season to Peoria Illinois.
The team was known was the Peoria Riverman from 2005-2013, and is currently known as the Utica Comets, the AHL affiliate of the Vancouver Canucks.
Photo courtesy of Wikipedia
Sharks Arrive in Worcester
The Cleveland Barons were moved to Worcester and became the Sharks, the AHL Affiliate of the San Jose Sharks.
The Sharks played their first home game on October 14 in front of a sold out DCU Center.
In their first season, Worcester went 41-28-3 (OT Loss)- 8 (shootout Loss) and made the playoffs. The Sharks lost to the Manchester Monarchs in the first round.
Sharks Have Most Successful Season
Sharks had their best season in 2009-10 when they went 49-25-3-3 and finished in first place in the Atlantic Division.
The Sharks made the playoffs but lost in the second round to the Manchester Monarchs.
The captain of the team was Ryan Vescue and the Head Coach was Roy Sommer.
Worcester Crusaders Merge With the Worcester Junior Sharks
The two organizations combined bring in more than 550 kids and just over 92 USA Hockey certified coaches.
The Worcester Junior Sharks program is structured to allow each player to develop and test their skills at three distinct levels of competition (House, Travel and AAA Elite)
For more information on the Junior Sharks, click here.
Jan. 29, 2015
AHL Announces Sharks are Moving to San Jose
The American Hockey League announced that at seasons end, the Worcester Sharks would be packing up and going across country to become the San Jose Barracuda.
The move was made so that the San Jose Sharks would be able to call up and send down players easier.
April, 25 2015
Sharks Play Final Home Game
The Sharks played their final home game at the DCU Center and it was a playoff game.
However, the Sharks would fall in the game 3-1 to the Hershey Bears in front of 4,045 at the DCU Center.
May 1, 2015
Sharks Play Final Game
In their final game, the Worcester Sharks lost 10-4 to the Hershey Bears, losing the playoff series 3-1.
In 9 seasons in Worcester, the Sharks made the playoffs 4 times, never advancing past the second round.
Notable players in Worcester Sharks history include Jonathan Cheechoo, Sandis Ozolinsh, Joe Pavelski and Claude Lemieux.
February 6-7, 2016
Shrewsbury Youth Hockey Hosts First Ever Pond Hockey Tournament
The Shrewsbury Youth Hockey Association held the First Annual Pond Hockey Classic, at Shrewsbury's historic Dean Park.
The Worcester Junior Sharks were among 24 teams that participated the tournament.
February 8, 2016
ECHL Announces Team Coming to Worcester
The ECHL announced that the league's board of governors unanimously approved the new membership application from Worcester Pro Hockey LLC.
The first puck drop for the new franchise is set for the 2017-18 season, a season that also marks the 30th anniversary of the ECHL.
The team name and logo will be announced at a fan fest that is set to take place on April 3, 2016, at the DCU Center.