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The Worcester Railers (also called Worcester Railers HC) are a professional ice hockey team based in Worcester, Massachusetts. The team began play in the 2017–18 ECHL season, and is a member of the North Division of the Eastern Conference of the ECHL. The team plays their home games at the DCU Center and are the ECHL affiliate of the New York Islanders.[1]

Worcester Railers
2019–20 ECHL season
Worcester Railers logo.svg
CityWorcester, Massachusetts
LeagueECHL
ConferenceEastern
DivisionNorth
Founded2017
Home arenaDCU Center
ColorsSteel blue, gray, white
              
Owner(s)Worcester Pro Hockey, LLC (Cliff Rucker, Owner)
General managerJamie Russell
Head coachJamie Russell
MediaTelegram & Gazette
WORC-FM
Charter TV3
AffiliatesNew York Islanders (NHL)
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL)
Franchise history
2017–presentWorcester Railers

The team filled the void left by the AHL's Worcester Sharks, who relocated to San Jose, California, in 2015 to become the San Jose Barracuda.

HistoryEdit

On January 26, 2015, it was reported that the Worcester Sharks would move to San Jose and share SAP Center at San Jose with their parent club, the San Jose Sharks. These reports were confirmed with the Sharks' official announcement on January 29.[2] Worcester did not initially receive an ECHL team to replace the relocated AHL team, unlike the other markets with relocated AHL teams in 2015, such as Manchester, New Hampshire, Norfolk, Virginia and Glens Falls, New York.

On February 8, 2016, the ECHL announced that Worcester would be home to an expansion team, set to begin play for the 2017–18 season. The team is owned by Cliff Rucker, with Toby O'Brien initially serving as president and general manager (although O'Brien would leave in May 2016 for an NHL job and replaced by former Worcester Sharks executive, Mike Myers, as president). The team is the ECHL's first franchise in Massachusetts and second in New England after the Manchester Monarchs. Early reports indicated that ownership group was considering Whitehawks, Railers, and Blast as the name of the team.[3] The team unveiled their name and logo on April 3.[4] On September 12, 2016, Jamie Russell was announced as the team's first head coach and general manager.[5] He had served as head coach of the Elmira Jackals from 2014 to 2016. The team announced their first affiliation with the New York Islanders (NHL) and Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL) at the end of the 2016–17 season.[6]

The Railers played their first game on October 14, 2017, defeating the Monarchs 4–3 at the DCU Center in front of a crowd of 12,135. The first goal scored in franchise history was by forward Wade Murphy.

Season-by-season recordsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season GP W L OTL SOL Pts GF GA Standing Year 1st round 2nd round 3rd round Kelly Cup
2017–18 72 37 27 4 4 82 194 193 4th, North 2018 L, 2–4, ADK
2018–19 72 32 29 7 4 75 196 226 7th, North 2019 Did not qualify

PlayersEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Worcester Railers to partner with NY Islanders".
  2. ^ "Sharks Moving AHL Franchise to SAP Center". San Jose Sharks. January 29, 2015. Retrieved January 29, 2015.
  3. ^ Nicodemus, Aaron (February 14, 2016). "On Business: Hockey team names for land of the worm, home of the brave". Retrieved 21 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Introducing the Worcester Railers professional hockey team". Worcester Magazine. April 3, 2016.
  5. ^ "Worcester Railers name Jamie Russell coach and GM". Telegram & Gazette. September 12, 2016.
  6. ^ "Worcester Railers to Announce Affiliation with New York Islanders – Woo Hockey". Woo Hockey. April 27, 2017.
  7. ^ "Worcester Railers roster". EliteProspects. Retrieved October 9, 2017.
  8. ^ "Worcester Railers regular season roster". railershc.com. Retrieved 20 December 2017.

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