The Worcester Railers HC and the Worcester Junior Sharks announced on Monday that the Worcester Junior Sharks, the premier non-profit youth hockey organization in Central Mass., will become the Worcester Junior Railers for the 2017-18 season.

Formerly known as the Mid State Youth Hockey, Junior IceCats, Junior Sharks, and the Worcester Crusaders, the organization is the largest non-profit youth hockey club in Central Massachusetts. They have over 550 players with 92 USA Hockey certified coaches. In 2017, they are celebrating their 30th year of play.

The Junior Railers participate in a number of local hockey leagues, including Boston Hockey League Elite 9, Valley Hockey League, Northstar Youth Hockey League, and Paul Drapeau House League.

In a press release by the Worcester Railers, President Michael Myers spoke about the Junior Sharks joining the Railers brand.

“We are proud to have the Worcester Junior Sharks join the Railers HC family,” said Myers. “The Worcester Junior Railers share the same core values as the Railers HC and we look forward to a long lasting and beneficial partnership as we continue to promote youth hockey throughout central Massachusetts.”

Rob Liddy, President of the Junior Railers, spoke highly of the Railers and his organization’s tradition of supporting professional hockey in Central Massachusetts. With the Junior Railers rebranding, this reaffirms their commitment.

“It’s an exciting time to be a hockey player, coach, parent or fan in Central Mass.,” “We can’t wait for the Worcester Railers’ first game. And they will now have 500 youth hockey players cheering them on for years to come.”

The Junior Railers will be one of the first anchor tenants in the Worcester Ice Center, which will be opening this Fall. Liddy said Rucker’s commitment to hockey, the community and local economy is something his organization is excited to support.

“The new rinks are a game-changer for hockey in Central Mass.,” Liddy said. “Not only will more ice be available, but it’s happening right in the heart of downtown Worcester. Cliff should be applauded for his vision for a better city.”

With 32 weeks left until the puck drops, there is a lot of excitement and hope for this organization to do very well.  For more nformation about the Worcester Junior Railers, including travel and AAA tryout dates, go to or