ECHL News

Norfolk Admirals to Undergo Logo & Uniform Changes for 2017-18 Season

The Norfolk Admirals announced this week that the team intends to unveil a new logo and uniform for the 2017-18 season. In a press release made available by the team, the team states that it will wear its battleship logo for the final time on Saturday, April 8. The release also states that a new logo and uniform will be introduced next season. The logo dates back to the 2004-05 season, when the team was still an AHL team. The team has also announced that the white (home) jerseys will be worn during the final game on Saturday.

Toledo Walleye to Host 2018-19 All-Star Game

It has been announced that the Toledo Walleye will host the ECHL’s All-Star Classic in 2019. Word first broke on Friday from Mark Monroe, a well-known sports writer in the Toledo area. The announcement became official before Saturday’s Toledo Walleye game. Festivities will begin on Friday, January 18, 2019. Festivities will take place over four days and will include a Fan Fest, Youth Hockey Tournement, a brewfest, and will conclude with the Hall of Fame induction ceremony and the CCM / ECHL All-Star Classic & Skills Showcase on Monday, January 21, 2019.

Railers HC News

Railers’ Front Office Adds Connor Haynes to Ticket Staff

The Worcester Railers HC announced this week that the club has hired Sutton, MA native Connor Haynes as Account Executive, Tickets & Memberships. Connor joins the club after spending the previous nine months with the Providence Bruins as a sales associate of groups and partnerships.   “The Railers are excited to add Connor as part of our ticket staff as we continue our drive towards 1500 memberships,” said Railers President Mike Myers.  “Connor is another local product that I know our fans will enjoy interacting with as we get ready for opening night on October 14.” The Railers expect to add two more full time employees later this month.

Current Membership Count: 1,285

Worcester Sharks Alumni News

JP Anderson Named ECHL’s Goaltender of the Month

The ECHL announced this week that JP Anderson was named Goaltender of the month of March. He went 6-0-1 with a 2.44 goals-against average and a save percentage of .927 in eight appearances last month. Anderson allowed two goals or less in three of his six starts while making at least 28 saves four times. He stopped 44 shots in a 5-4 win against Wheeling on March 18 and tuned aside 52 shots in a 4-2 victory over Orlando on March 21.

Grosenick, Taormina Named to AHL’s First All-Star Team

Former Worcester Sharks Troy Grosenick and Matt Taormina were named to the AHL’s First All-Star team. Each All-Star Team member will receive a custom-designed crystal award in recognition of his selection to the 2016-17 AHL First and Second All-Star Teams.

Troy Grosenick is having his best year yet with a record of 29-9-3 in 45 games this season. He ranks second in the league in both goals-against average (2.00) and save percentage (.929). Grosenick is also tied for first in victories. He is just the fifth goaltender in the league’s history to reach 10 or more shutouts in a single season.

Like Grosenick, Matt Taormina is having one of his best seasons in the AHL. He has reached his career highs of 14 goals, 42 assists and 56 points in 66 games. He is tied for 1st in scoring among defensemen, and leads all defensemen in power-play scoring, with 29 points on 51 power-play goals this season.

Gill, Costello Named to ECHL’s First All-Star Teams

Along with the AHL, the ECHL also announced their ‘All-Star’ teams. Former Worcester Sharks’ goaltender Riley Gill was named Goaltender of the first team as he leads the league with a .935 save percentage and seven shutouts, is second with a 2.22 goals-against average and is tied for second with 31 wins. Those seven shutouts are tied for second most by a ECHL goaltender in a single-season.

Former Shark Chad Costello also appears on the first team, leading the ECHL with 86 assists, 118 points, 39 power-play assists and 48 power-play points. His 86 assists are the fourth-most in a single-season in the ECHL. It is Costello’s third straight season on the First All-Star team and the fourth time in his career.

Transactions

Alex Stalock was reassigned to the Iowa Wild (AHL) from the Minnesota Wild (NHL) on April 3.

Spencer Asuchak was returned to the Allen Americans (ECHL) from the Providence Bruins (AHL) on April 5.

Riley Brace signed a one-year contract extension with the Cortina (AlpsHL) on April 7.

John McCarthy signed a one-year contract extension with the San Jose Barracuda (AHL) on April 7.