SAN JOSE -- The new American Hockey League franchise that will begin play in San Jose next season as the Sharks’ primary affiliate finally has its name.
The San Jose Barracuda will be part of the new AHL’s Pacific Division, and will compete at SAP Center beginning in the fall. The team is relocating from Worcester, MA.
The name of the team is due to a partnership with Barracuda Networks, “a long-time supporter of our organization and a company who is aggressively active in the field of sports marketing,” said Sharks COO John Tortora in a statement.
Michael Perone, co-founder at Barracuda Networks, said: "It's exciting to integrate the Barracuda brand with the team in such an innovative way, and we look forward to a winning season with our new San Jose Barracuda."
The name Barracuda was originally considered for the NHL expansion franchise granted to the San Jose area in 1990 but George and Gordon Gund eventually settled on “Sharks.”
Season tickets for the Barracuda go on sale to the public on Thursday.
The AHL’s Pacific Division also will have teams in Bakersfield (Edmonton Oilers), Ontario (Los Angeles Kings), San Diego (Anaheim Ducks) and Stockton (Calgary Flames).
The team’s logo and home, road and alternate sweaters were also released by the team on Thursday: