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San Jose Sharks 2011 Young Stars Tournament Roster

Photo courtesy of Sharks.nhl.com

On Sept. 6, the San Jose Sharks revealed their roster that will participate in the organization’s second consecutive Young Stars Tournament.

Featuring prospect teams from the Sharks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets, the tournament will be held in Penticton, B.C. from Sept. 11 -15. 

At last year’s tournament, the Sharks finished with a 2-1 record in three games.  Forward Michael Sgarbossa finished as the tournament’s second leading scorer with four points {hat trick against the Oilers and one assist} in two games and forward Benn Ferriero finish tied for third among all scorers by registering three assists in two games.

The Sharks will be in action on Sept. 11 against the Flames at 7:30 p.m.;  Sept. 12 against the Jets at 4:00 p.m.;  Sept. 14 against the Canucks at 4:00 p.m.

{** Denotes prospect played for the Sharks in last year’s tournament}

FORWARDS

#90  Joe Antilla
{6-1, 220, L, 1/17/91}

2010-11 season:  Registered 40 points on 21 goals and 19 assists in 72 games played with the Kootenay Ice of the WHL to go along with 59 penalty minutes

#89  Trevor Cheek
{6-2, 210, L, 12/29/92}

2010-11 season:  Registered 25 points on 10 goals and 15 assists in 57 games played with the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL to go along with 37 penalty minutes.

#48  Mike Connolly
{5-9, 180, L, 7/3/89}

2010-11 season:  Registered 54 points on 28 goals and 26 assists in 42 games played with the Minnesota-Deluth Bulldogs of the WCHA to go along with 59 penalty minutes.

#85  Curt Gogol** 
{6-0, 185, L, 9/21/91}

2010-11 season:  Registered 12 points on 4 goals and 8 assists in 47 games played with the Chilliwack Bruins of the WHL to go along with 142 penalty minutes.  Registered 2 points on one goal and one assist in 15 games played with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL to go along with 59 penalty minutes.

#75  Freddie Hamilton** 
{6-1, 190, R, 1/1/92}

2010-11 season:  Registered 83 points on 38 goals and 45 assists in 68 games played with the Niagara IceDogs of the OHL to go along with 20 penalty minutes.

#87  Charles Inglis
{5-11, 180, L, 5/7/92}

2010-11 season:  Registered 60 points on 32 goals and 28 assists in 69 games played with the Prince George Cougars of the WHL to go along with 141 penalty minutes.

#63  James Livingston
{6-1, 210, R, 3/8/90}

2010-11 season:  Registered 50 points on 22 goals and 28 assists in 62 games played with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL to go along with 52 penalty minutes.

#38  Tony Lucia** 
{6-0, 190, L, 8/23/87}

2010-11 season:  Registered zero points in two games played with the Worcester Sharks of the AHL.  Missed final 78 games of the season with concussion symptoms.

#45 – James Marcou** 
{5-8, 165, R, 2/19/88}

2010-11 season:  Registered 19 points on 4 goals and 15 assists in 41 games played with the Worcester Sharks of the AHL to go along with 18 penalty minutes.

#84  Nathan Moon
{5-11, 200, R, 1/4/90}

2010-11 season:  Registered 74 points on 32 goals and 42 assists in 65 games played with the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL to go along with 89 penalty minutes.

#56  Brodie Reid
{6-1, 195, R, 9/25/89}

2010-11 season:  Registered 28 points on 11 goals and 17 assists in 37 games played with the Northeastern Huskies of the Hockey East College Conference to go along with 18 penalty minutes.

#76  Michael Sgarbossa** 
{5-11, 170, L, 7/25/92}

2010-11 season:  Registered 62 points on 29 goals and 33 assists in 37 games played with the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL to go along with 53 penalty minutes.  Registered 20 points on 7 goals and 13 assists in 26 games played with the Saginaw Spirit to go along with 24 penalty minutes.

#82  Ben Thomson
{6-4, 205, L, 1/16/93}

2010-11 season:  Registered 19 points on 6 goals and 13 assists in 68 games played with the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL to go along with 107 penalty minutes.

#70  Scooter Vaughan
{6-0, 195, R, 4/8/89}

2010-11 season:  Registered 24 points on 14 goals and 10 assists in 44 games played with the Michigan Wolverines of the CCHA to go along with 45 penalty minutes.

#58  Marek Viedensky** 
{6-4, 210, R, 8/18/90}

2010-11 season:  Registered 88 points on 36 goals and 52 assists in 63 games played with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL to go along with 52 penalty minutes.

#50  Dylan Wruck
{5-8, 165, L, 9/23/92}

2010-11 season:  Registered 78 points on 38 goals and 40 assists in 71 games played with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL to go along with 44 penalty minutes.

DEFENSE

#51  Konrad Abeltshauser** 
{6-5, 215, L, 9/2/92}


2010-11 season:  Registered 27 points on 8 goals and 19 assists in 58 games played with the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL to go along with 47 penalty minutes.

#62  Sena Acolatse
{5-11, 205, R, 11/28/90}


2010-11 season:  Registered 63 points on 15 goals and 48 assists in 66 games played with the Prince George Cougars of the WHL to go along with 128 penalty minutes.  Appeared in one game for the Worcester Sharks of the AHL.

#46  Zach Bell
{6-1, 215, R, 2/13/93}


2010-11 season:  Registered 12 points on 3 goals and 9 assists in 63 games played with the Brampton Battalion of the OHL to go along with 86 penalty minutes.

#79  Antoine Corbin
{6-2, 195, R, 6/18/92}


2010-11 season:  Registered 25 points on 6 goals and 19 assists in 45 games played with the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL to go along with 81 penalty minutes.  Registered 4 points on 2 goals and 2 assists in 11 games played with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL to go along with 23 penalty minutes.

#74  Dylan DeMelo
{6-0, 195, R, 5/1/93}


2010-11 season:  Registered 27 points on 3 goals and 24 assists in 67 games played with the Mississauga St. Michael’s  Majors of the OHL to go along with 70 penalty minutes.

#77  Taylor Doherty** 
{6-7, 230, R, 3/2/91}


2010-11 season:  Registered 53 points on 14 goals and 39 assists in 68 games played with the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL to go along with 86 penalty minutes.  Appeared in three games for the Worcester Sharks of the AHL.

#59  Justin Sefton
{6-3, 215, R, 4/14/93}


2010-11 season:  Registered 11 points on 5 goals and 6 assists in 66 games played with the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL to go along with 124 penalty minutes.

#49  William Wrenn
{6-1, 205, R, 3/16/91}


2010-11 seasonRegistered 13 points on 2 goals and 11 assists in 29 games played with the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL to go along with 17 penalty minutes.  Registered 1 assist in 18 games played at the University of Denver to go along with 2 penalty minutes.

GOALIES

#36  J.P. Anderson** 
{5-11, 190, R, 4/27/92}


2010-11 season:  Posted a 38-10-1 record with a 2.36 goals-against-average in 51 games played for the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors of the OHL to go along with 6 shutouts.

#33  Thomas Heemskerk** 
{6-0, 195, R, 4/11/90}


2010-11 season:  Posted a 36-21-6 record with a 2.94 goals-against-average in 65 games played for the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL to go along with 2 shutouts.

#35  Harri Sateri
{6-1, 210, L, 12/29/89}


2010-11 season:  Posted a 9-19-8 record with a 2.96 goals-against-average in 37 games played for Taparra Jr in Finland to go along with 2 shutouts.  Posted a 1-3-1 record with a 2.56 goals-against average in 7 games played played for the Worcester Sharks of the AHL.

*Photos and information courtesy of www.sharksahl.com, sharks.nhl.com, www.denverpioneers.com, www.hockeysfuture.com, www.londonjuniorknights.com, www.whl.ca, www.tri-cityherald.com, jets.nhl.com, penguins.nhl.com, theswhl.com, mgoblue.com, hockeyeastonline.com, whl.simhl.net, islanders.nhl.com, fox21online.com, hfboards.com for this post entry.*

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“Fearsome Young Sharks” Prospect Profile – J.P. Anderson

Photo courtesy of Alex Zimmermann {@Alex_Z_Sharkie}

On Sept. 21, 2010, San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced the Sharks had signed unrestricted free agent goalie J.P. Anderson to an entry-level contract.

“We really like what J.P. has shown us and think he has tremendous upside,” said Wilson in a press release on the Sharks website.  “We like that he will continue to develop under Mississauga General Manager/Head Coach Dave Cameron and we will be monitoring his progress.”

Born in Toronto, Ont., Anderson was selected by the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors in the second round {30th overall} of the 2008 Ontario Hockey League {OHL} Priority Selection after having a solid season with the Toronto Marlboros of the Greater Toronto Hockey League {GTHL}.  In 19 games played with the Marlboros, Anderson allowed only 23 goals for a 1.21 goals-against average and recorded seven shutouts.

“I had a good idea that I’d probably make the team if I worked hard,” said Anderson in an interview with Gary McCarthy for an Oct. 2008 mississauga.com article.  “They {majors} told me there was a position open and they didn’t have a lot in their system.  They told me to come to camp ready to play.”

Only 16-years old at the start of the 2008-09 OHL season, Anderson was expected to backup and take the load off of starting goaltender Chris Carrozzi, who appeared in 47 of the Majors’ 68 games in 2007-08.  What Anderson didn’t expect was that he would be playing in the Majors’ first three games.

“I guess starting the first game was a given because Chris was still at the NHL Training Camp,” said Anderson in the McCarthy article.

Anderson made his OHL debut on Sept 18, 2008, in a 3-1 loss to the Barrie Colts.  Carrozzi, back from NHL Training Camp, was in net for the Majors’ second game against the Peterborough Petes and was pulled after allowing three first period goals.  Anderson took over in net at the start of the second period and allowed one goal as the Majors fought back for a 7-4 win.  The next night, Anderson was back in net and went the distance in a 6-4 win over the Kingston Frontenacs in Kingston.

“I think it’s what I expected it to be,” said Anderson, referring to the jump from minor midget to major junior hockey, in the McCarthy article.  “The game is faster, the players are bigger and stronger and they seem to see things better.”

Appearing in 26 games as a rookie, Anderson posted a 12-12 record with a 2.94 goals-against average.  In 1409 minutes played, Anderson allowed 69 goals on 720 shots for a .904 save percentage.  Anderson’s 2.94 goals-against average was the best amongst OHL rookies, earning him the OHL “Dinty Moore Trophy” and OHL All-Rookie First Team selection honors.  In addition, Anderson helped lead Team Ontario to its second consecutive gold medal at the 2009 World Under-17 Hockey Challenge and was named the game’s most valuable player.

For the 2009-10 season, Anderson continued to split time with Carrozzi, appearing in 36 games and registering a 23-10-1 record with a 2.60 goals-against average.  In 2028 minutes played, Anderson allowed 88 goals on 875 shots for a .899 save percentage.  When combined with Carrozzi’s stats, the duo had the lowest team goals-against average in club history and were named the “Dave Pinkney Trophy” winners for allowing the fewest goals {175} in the OHL during the regular season.  In the playoffs, Anderson, registered a 4-5-1 record with a 2.78 goals-against average and a .923 save percentage.

With two solid OHL seasons under his belt, Anderson set his sights on the 2010 National Hockey League {NHL} Entry Draft.  Unfortunately for Anderson, he was bypassed to the bewilderment of NHL Central Scouting’s goaltending scout Al Jensen.

“I’m not really sure on that at all,” said Jensen, referring to how Anderson went undrafted, in an interview for a May 2011 foxnews.com article.  “I know watching J.P. for three years what type of goalie he is.  Even from his underage year he was a guy I was going to keep an eye on.  Last year {2010} we had him ranked as a possible prospect to watch for the Draft.  I thought at times he was inconsistent, but overall I still liked the way he played.  I just like the way he covered the net.”

So did the Sharks as within an hour of the NHL Draft concluding, the Sharks contacted Anderson’s agent.

“I though they {Sharks} might take me in the draft,” said Anderson in an interview for an April 2011 Canadian Press article.  “They interviewed me before the draft.  They were interested but I guess they wanted to save their pick from someone else.”

The Sharks invited Anderson to their prospect camp in Penticton, B.C., and told Anderson he was there to earn a contract and he would play in two of the Sharks’ three games at the 2010 Young Stars Tournament. 

“I didn’t expect a whole lot because 90 percent of the guys get sent back empty-handed,” said Anderson in the Canadian Press article.  “But I went into it open-minded and with a view to next year.”

Playing in the first game against Anaheim and the third game against Edmonton, Anderson won both games, posting a 2.00 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage.  As a result of his performance, Anderson earned his entry-level contract with the Sharks.

At the conclusion of Sharks prospect camp, Anderson returned to Mississauga for the 2010-11 season with a new found confidence and was named the No. 1 goalie due to Carrozzi graduating to professional hockey.

“I didn’t have to worry about coming into this year about getting drafted or trying to impress scouts or things of that nature,” said Anderson in the foxsnews.com article.  “I just wanted to come into games and focus on my game.”

Focus is exactly what Anderson did as he had 16 wins in his first 18 starts by the end of Nov., was named the Canadian Hockey League’s {CHL} “Goaltender of the Week” for the week of Nov. 1-7 and was one of four goalies invited to Team Canada’s evaluation camp for the 2011 World Junior Hockey Championships in Buffalo, N.Y.

Despite then Majors head coach Dave Cameron being the head coach of Team Canada, Anderson got an early morning phone call informing him that he had been cut from the roster and was returned to the Majors, while Niagara IceDogs goalie Mark Visentin got the nod over Anderson.

“His play got him there and his play took him out of there,” said coach Cameron of Anderson in an interview with Terry Koshan for a May torontosun.com article.  “He’s a mature kid.  His play talks for him.”

Anderson held no hard feelings towards his coach as he agreed he didn’t deserve to make the Canadian world junior team.  “It was a fair opportunity between four guys, and I was just not good enough,” said Anderson in the Koshan article.

On the weekend Visentin and the IceDogs were to play Anderson and the Majors in a showdown between the two goalies, Anderson wasn’t available as he had been called up by the Sharks on an emergency basis for a Jan. 22 game in Minnesota against the Minnesota Wild.

“It was just one of those things that happens,” said coach Cameron in an interview with Roger Lajoie for a Jan. 25 torontosun.com article.  “I watched the Sharks game and saw they had a young call-up and didn’t think anything of it really.  The next day, I get a call and it’s the Sharks telling me they wanted J.P.  What a great opportunity it was for him, although it was really unexpected.”

“I got a text from the coach {Cameron} to call him as soon as possible,” said Anderson in the Canadian Press article.  “I thought ‘I hope I’m not in trouble.’  He explained the situation to me.  I called my mom a couple of hours later, I was on a plane to Minneapolis.”

Once back from his stint with the Sharks, which lasted five days, Anderson won his second CHL “Goaltender of the Week” honor of the season for the week of Jan. 24-30 and was named OHL “Goalie of the Month” for the month of Jan. as he registered a 6-1 record with a goals-against average of 1.30 and a save percentage of .941, both league bests.

As the season wore on, Anderson, who was named to the OHL All-Star Second Team, continued to get stronger as he was named OHL “Player of the Week” for the week ending March 6 as the result of winning all three of his games that weekend, two by shutout. 

In addition, Anderson, along with backup goalie Mikael Audette, helped the Majors secure their second consecutive “Dave Pinkney Trophy” award as the tandem allowed only 170 goals, the league’s fewest since the London Knights allowed 125 in the 2004-05 season.

Anderson finished the regular season with a 38-10-1 record in 51 games played.  Anderson’s goals-against average of 2.36 and six shutouts were league bests while his .911 save percentage was fifth best.

Playing the Belleville Bulls in the first round of the OHL Playoffs, Anderson set two OHL modern-era records when he shutout the Bulls in three consecutive games and established a league playoff mark by going 249 minutes, 11 seconds without allowing a goal {Austen Brassard scored the only Belleville goal in the series on Anderson in Game 1 at 4:13 of the first period}.  Ray Emery held the previous record of 155 minutes, 21 seconds without giving up a goal when he played for the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds in 2000.

“A lot of credit has to go to the guys in front of me,” said Anderson, who stopped 77-of-78 Bulls shots in the Majors four-game sweep of the Bulls, in an interview with Torstar Network for an April mississauga.com article.  “They’re doing a really good job….doing the dirty work, blocking shots, winning battles.  As long as they continue to do that they make my job easier and gives us a better chance to win as a team.”

Anderson was recognized for his hard work when he won his third CHL “Goaltender of the Week” honor of the season for the week ending March 27 after posting a 3-0 record with two shutous, a .033 goals-against average and a .983 save percentage.  In addition, Anderson was named OHL “Goaltender of the Month” for March after posting a 10-0-0-0 record with five shutouts, a .090 goals-against average and a .961 save percentage. 

“I can’t tell you how many times he’s saved my butt when I make a mistake,” said Majors defenseman Brett Flemming of Anderson in the Torstar Network article.  “To know that he’s back there gives you confidence and all the guys on the team will tell you the same thing.”

“He’s very competitive obviously, but he’s always 100 percent focused and he always keeps his emotions under control,” said Majors’ goaltending coach Jon Elkin of Anderson in the Canadian Press article.  “There are times when the importance of a situation brings out the most in someone but he’s pretty steady.”

Sweeping the Sudbury Wolves in the semi-finals and defeating the IceDogs in five games in the Eastern Conference Finals, the Majors reached the OHL Championship Finals, where they met the Owen Sound Attack.  Despite having a 3-2 series lead, the Majors were defeated by the Attack in a thrilling seven game series.  Anderson finished the OHL Playoffs with a 15-5 record with four shutouts to go along with a 2.11 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage.

With an automatic entry into the 2011 Memorial Cup as the tournament host, the Majors faced off with the Attack, the Kootenay Ice {Western Hockey League champions} and the Saint John Sea Dogs {Quebec Major Junior Hockey League champions} in the round-robin tournament to determine the champion of the CHL.

After losing their first game to the Sea Dogs, 4-3, the Majors won their next three game to reach the Memorial Cup Finals, where they were defeated by the Sea Dogs again, this time by the score of 3-1.  For the tournament, Anderson registered a 3-2 record with a 2.02 goals-against average with a .929 save percentage.

To add insult to injury, Anderson, for all he accomplished during the 2010-11 season, was not voted the top goaltender in the OHL as he finished second in the balloting to Visentin.

At the Majors’ season ending banquet on June 18, Anderson was the recipient of the Father Daniel Zorzi Award, which according to the Majors’ website, is the most prestigious award someone can achieve.

Named after Father Zorzi {1960-2009}, who was President of St. Michael’s College School, the award is presented to the Majors player who “best displays goodness, discipline and knowledge on and off the ice; gives back to his team and will do anything for his teammates; works hard both on and off the ice and contributes to the Mississauga community.”

Expected to return to the Majors for the 2011-12 season, Anderson will continue to show that he thrives under pressure

“I don’t try to change anything,” said Anderson in the Canadian Press article.  “I try to keep everything the same and not over-react.  But I think some excitement naturally takes over and it elevates you.  Anyone who competes in sports wants to play in the big game, the big moment, whether it’s a goal medal game, the playoffs or Game 7 of the final.  You want that opportunity.”

HIGHLIGHTS

J.P Anderson 2010-11 home opener  {Courtesy of YouTube user “chadh999”}
Highlights of the Majors’ 2010-11 home opener against the Windsor Spitfires

J.P. Anderson vs. Brandon Foote  {Courtesy of YouTube user “JimKorn20”}
In this video clip, Anderson drops the gloves for a goalie fight against Foote Guelph Storm on Dec. 5, 2010.

*Videos and information were used from sharks.nhl.com, www.cbc.ca, www.mississauga.com, www.hockeydb.com, www.hockeysfuture.com, www.torontosun.com, www.ontariohockeyleague.com, www.foxnews.com, www.stmichaelsmajors.com, www.eliteprospects.com, www.insidetoronto.com and www.youtube.com for this post entry.*

“Fearsome Young Sharks” Prospect Profile – Dylan DeMelo

Photo courtesy of Alexander Zimmermann {@Alex_Z_Sharkie}

With the 179th overall pick in the sixth round of the 2011 NHL Entry Draft, the San Jose Sharks selected defenseman Dylan DeMelo {@DDems2} of the Ontario Hockey League‘s {OHL} Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors.

Described by hockeysfuture.com as a “two-way defenseman who does many things very well,” DeMelo, nicknamed “Dems” or “Jean Shorts,” was drafted by the Majors with the 34th overall pick in the second round of the 2009 OHL Priority Selection.

In his rookie season in 2009-10, DeMelo registered one point on one assist to go along with 12 penalty minutes in 20 games played before being sent down to the Mississauga Chargers of the Ontario Junior Hockey League {OJHL}, where in 36 games played, DeMelo registered 29 points on nine goals and 20 assists to go along with 24 penalty minutes.

“I thought I could play at this level and against bigger and better players but being sent down was a learning experience,” said DeMelo in a Nov. 2010 interview with the Majors website.  “It allowed me to play in every situation and get lots of ice time.”

Wanting to prove to Majors head coach Dave Cameron that he could be a top four defenseman on the Majors and help lead them to the OHL title and the Memorial Cup, DeMelo focused on getting bigger and stronger in the off-season.

“I wanted to be more of a physical player and just keep things simple,” said DeMelo.  “Last year I was more caught up with being in the line-up and not making mistakes.”

DeMelo’s hard work in the off-season resulted in DeMelo becoming a regular on the Majors blue line this past season while logging significant minutes on both special teams. 

“I honestly didn’t expect it coming into the season but it’s awesome,” said DeMelo.  “I think it shows that the coaches have faith in my game and it’s great to be able to help the team win.

Playing in 67 of the team’s 68 regular season games and paired with veteran defenseman Marc Cantin, DeMelo registered 27 points on three goals, including a game-winner in the season opener at Kingston, and 24 assists to go along with70 penalty minutes and a plus/minus rating of plus-31. 

“He {Cantin} helps me with pointers on what to do on the power play and penalty kill,” said DeMelo.  “Also a lot of tendencies in certain situations, I think he has helped to make me a better player.”

DeMelo continued his strong play into the post season where in 20 playoff games, DeMelo registered five points on one goal and four assists to go along with 15 penalty minutes and a plus/minus rating of plus-10.

“I just try to keep my game simple,” said DeMelo in a June 2 interview with Mike Ulmer for an article on the Toronto Maple Leafs website.  “I tend to get in trouble when I do too much.  I just find when you keep your game simple and things are going well you can chip in once in a while and get a little risky.  You start with simple and work up from there.  I find if you just stay with your game and do what you do best, that’s when it works.  I get the puck up to the forwards, make a good first pass, make a rush once in a while.  Block shots, get sticks in the passing lane.”

In addition to his high hockey IQ, DeMelo is just as smart away from the ice as he won the Pepsi Scholastic Player of the Year Award at the Majors season-ending banquet on June 18.  DeMelo was also named the OHL’s Central Division Academic Player of the Month this past Feb.

“Dylan maintains a 75 percent average with his three second term academic courses {at Philip Pocok Secondary School},” said Majors academic adviser Kim Bailey in an interview with Chad Hackl for a Feb. 2011 mississauga.com article.  “He keeps focused on both his academics and his hockey.”

HIGHLIGHTS

Dylan DeMelo game winning goal against Kingston  {Courtesy of YouTube user “MisterDB”}
In this video clip, DeMelo scores his first career OHL goal in the season opener at Kingston on Sept. 24, 2010.  The goal, which gave the Majors a 2-1 lead, held up as the game winner and starts at the 3:30 mark of the video clip.  The replay shows the entire play develop.

Dylan DeMelo vs. Domenic Alberga  {Courtesy of YouTube user “JimKorn20”}
In this video clip, DeMelo drops the gloves with Alberga of the Brampton Battalion on Nov. 5, 2010.

Dylan DeMelo vs. Zach Bell  {Courtesy of YouTube user “JimKorn20”}
In this video clip, DeMelo drops the gloves with Bell of the Battalion on Jan. 28, 2011.

Dylan DeMelo vs. Kyle Hope  {Courtesy of YouTube user “JimKorn20”}
In this video clip, DeMelo drops the gloves with Hope of the Oshawa Generals on March 5, 2011.

Dylan DeMelo vs. Mathew Campagna  {Courtesy of YouTube user “JimKorn20”}
In this video clip, DeMelo drops the gloves with Campagna of the Sudbury Wolves on March 6, 2011.

Dylan DeMelo vs. Ryan Strome  {Courtesy of YouTube user “JimKorn20”}
In this video clip, DeMelo drops the gloves with Strome of the Niagara Ice Dogs on April 19, 2011.

DeMelo vs. Strome Alternate View  {Courtesy of YouTube user “OpenIceHockey”}

*Videos and information were used from sharks.nhl.com, www.stmichaelsmajors.com, www.hockeydb.com, www.hockeysfuture.com, mapleleafs.nhl.com, www.mississauga.com and www.youtube.com for his post entry.*

Worcester Sharks weekly…Calder Cup, milestones, rookies and charity

WORCESTER SHARKS WEEKLY

Photo courtesy of http://www.sharksahl.com

The Worcester Sharks kept their AHL Calder Cup Playoff hopes alive by winning two of their three games this weekend to improve to 36-29-4-8 with 84 points and remain just two points behind the Connecticut Whale for the third and final guaranteed playoff spot in the Atlantic Division of the AHL Easter Conference with only three games {one home, two away} left in the 80 game AHL season.

The Sharks three-in-three weekend started Friday night at the DCU Center as the Sharks hosted the visiting Manchester Monarchs and skated away with a 2-0 victory.  Sharks forward John McCarthy scored both goals, his fifth and sixth of the season, forward Brandon Mashinter assisted on both goals and Sharks goalie Carter Hutton made 27 saves in net for his second shutout this season.

On Saturday night, the Sharks hosted the Providence Bruins in front 8,075 fans, the second largest crowd in franchise history, but were defeated 4-1.  Sharks forward T.J. Trevelyan scored the lone goal for the Sharks, his 17th of the season, at 19:04 of the first period to tie the game at 1-1 and Hutton made 22 saves in net in the loss.  The 8,075 attendance figure pushed the Sharks over the 160,000 mark, guaranteeing the Sharks will average better than 4,000 a game for the first time in three seasons.  Their official overall attendance is 160,173 through 39 games, averaging 4,107.  Last season’s average was 3,672.

On Sunday evening, the Sharks traveled to Providence to play the Providence Bruins at the Dunkin’ Donuts Center in the second game of a home-and-home and in front of 7,332 fans, the Sharks skated away with a 2-1 victory in the rematch for their 200th franchise win.  Trevelyan scored his 18th goal of the season late in the second period with the Sharks on the Power Play and Sharks forward Jamie McGinn, who assisted on the Trevelyan goal, scored his eighth goal of the season, which held up as the game-winning goal.  Sharks goalie Harri Sateri made 33 saves in net for the Sharks, including several highlight saves in the second period, to win for the first time in North America.

ROOKIES JOIN WORCESTER SHARKS

Earlier this week, the Worcester Sharks announced that defensemen Sena Acolatse {top left} and Taylor Doherty {top right} were signed to ATO contracts.  Acolatse, who was signed by the San Jose Sharks to an entry level contract back in March for the 2011-12 season, registered 63 points {15 goals, 48 assists} and 130 penalty minutes in 67 games for the Prince George Cougars of the Western Hockey League {WHL}.  Acolatse was assigned number 36 and will be the first Worcester Shark ever to wear that number.

Doherty was drafted by San Jose with the 57th pick in the 2009 NHL Draft and will be the tallest Worcester Shark player in history once he is on the ice as he stands 6-foot-8 and weighs and 230 pounds.  In 68 games with the Kingston Frontenacs of the Ontario Hockey League {OHL}, Doherty registered 53 points {14 goals, 39 assists} and 86 penalty minutes and will wear number 28 for Worcester.

PETRECKI NAMED WORCESTER SHARKS AHL MAN OF THE YEAR

Nick Petrecki's official head shot for the 2010-11 AHL season. Photo courtesy of http://www.sharksahl.com

On March 28th, Worcester Sharks President Michael A. Mudd announced that second year Sharks defenseman Nick Petrecki had been named the team’s winner of the IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year award for his outstanding contributions to the Worcester community during the 2010-11 season.

When Sharks captain Mike Moore was on recall with San Jose earlier in the season, Petrecki helped organize the Third Annual “Give Moore for the Holidays” Toy Drive.  Petrecki rallied 100% of his teammates to participate by purchasing $3000 worth of toys for Children from Community Healthlink of Worcester and invited the recipients and their families to receive the gifts following the Sharks December 26th game.  In addition, Petrecki collected out of pocket donations from his teammates and provided $1,000 along with a Joe Thornton signed jersey to benefit paralyzed Norwood hockey player Matt Brown’s foundation, Brownie Points.

Petrecki has become the lead spokesperson for the Worcester Sharks flagship community program, “Reading is Cool” by reading books and speaking about the importance of reading to thousands of students throughout central Massachusetts, endearing himself to local educators.

Petrecki organized a post game skate with Hockey Ministries to coincide with “Faith and Family Night” and has actively sought to be involved in the Worcester Sharks season long “Locks of Love” campaign, which ended with an on ice hair cutting ceremony involving two of his Worcester Sharks teammates.

Petrecki also took the lead in this year’s Sharks community Service Day at the Columbus Park Elementary School of Worcester and spent the day renovating the school inside and out alongside Sharks players and staff.  Over $10,000 in renovations were performed including a new street hockey court, two murals and custom coat hangers and book shelves all painted teal, black and white.

Lastly, Petrecki has made several visits to Worcester area hospitals, instructed two Worcester Sharks Street brigades (street hockey clinics) and appeared in over 20 Team Community appearances.

Petrecki is now one of 30 finalists for the AHL’s 2010-11 Yanick Dupre Memorial Award, honoring the overall IOA/American Specialty AHL Man of the Year.  The league award is named after the former Hersey Bears forward and AHL All Star who died in 1997 following a 16-month battle with leukemia.  The winner of the Yanick Dupre Memorial Award will be announced by the American Hockey League in the coming weeks.

 

 

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