The Sharks are moving their minor league affiliate, the Worcester Sharks, from Worcester, Mass. to San Jose, Calif., according to the San Jose Mercury News:
The Sharks will move their minor league Worcester franchise in Massachusetts to SAP Center for the 2015-16 season, this newspaper has learned. The team will play between 30 and 40 games in downtown San Jose, filling up currently vacant dates at the arena.
The move is an unconventional one. No other National Hockey League team shares a building with its minor league affiliate, although the Toronto Maple Leafs’ minor league team, the Marlies, plays in the same city at a different arena.
The development makes sense, given all the recent talk of overhauling the AHL.
An interesting tidbit is that the minor league club will also play at the SAP Center, where the NHL affiliate Sharks play their home games.
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