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It’s a special night for Worcester Sharks head coach Roy Sommer.
The Oakland native will coach in his 1,257th career American Hockey League game on Wednesday night in the Sharks’ home game against Portland, passing Frank Mathers for most all-time.
"This record is a testament to the hard work, dedication and expertise that Roy Sommer brings with him to the rink each and every day and we as an organization want to congratulate him on this incredible achievement," Sharks GM Doug Wilson said in a statement.
"Reaching a milestone of this magnitude shows just how important a role Roy has played in the development of our players and prospects. Countless players have learned under his direction and his talent for molding young hockey players has played a key role in our organization's success."
The 56-year-old Sommer is fourth on the AHL’s all-time wins list with 571. He joined the organization in 1996 as an assistant to head coach Darryl Sutter on the NHL club for two seasons. He has also coached Sharks affiliates the Kentucky Thoroughblades and Cleveland Barons, and has a 571-529-108 record, along with 48 ties.
Sommer has coached 104 AHL players that have played in the NHL, including 80 that have spent time with San Jose. After getting drafted by Toronto in 1977, he became just the second Bay Area-born player to make it to the NHL, scoring a goal and playing on a line with Wayne Gretzky and the Edmonton Oilers in his debut on Jan. 28, 1981. It was one of just three NHL games Sommer played, as he spent the majority of his career in the minor leagues.