Joe Will named General Manager of Worcester Sharks

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
July 10, 2013
 
Sharks Sports & Entertainment announce Joe Will as General Manager of Worcester Sharks;
Jon Gustafson to oversee Worcester’s business operations.
 
SAN JOSE, CA – Sharks Sports & Entertainment (SSE) announced today that Joe Will has been appointed as the general manager of the Worcester Sharks overseeing the hockey operations and Jon Gustafson has been promoted to vice president responsible for Worcester Sharks business operations and Sharks Ice centers. 
 
Will reports directly to San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson and will continue to serve as assistant general manager in San Jose.  The native of Bloomington, Minn. has been with the Sharks organization since the team’s inception in 1990.  
 
Wayne Thomas will continue his role as vice president and assistant general manager in San Jose.  Worcester Head Coach Roy Sommer and his staff will remain in place.
 
Gustafson will oversee all aspects of Worcester’s business operations and report to Jim Goddard, SSE's executive vice president of business and building operations. 
 
Gustafson will also continue to serve as general manager of the Sharks Ice family of ice rinks in the San Francisco Bay Area, all operated by SSE – a position he has held since 2000.  Under his leadership, the business has grown from one facility with two ice sheets to three facilities with seven ice sheets.  He will also oversee all of SSE’s merchandise operations.
 
Gustafson serves on the Board of Directors for USA Hockey and works closely with numerous amateur hockey organizations.  A former goaltender, Gustafson spent five seasons playing professionally with various teams in the AHL, ECHL, CHL, WCHL and IHL.  The Fort Frances, Ontario native also played collegiately for four seasons at Colorado College.
 
John Tortora, chief operating officer of SSE, will continue to serve as the Governor of the Worcester Sharks to the AHL with Gustafson and Will serving as Alternate Governors.
 
The Sharks 8th home opener at the newly renovated DCU Center will be on Saturday, October 19th! The only way you can secure your tickets for opening night is to purchase a season ticket package, book a group, or score an Opening Night T-Shirt Pack!
 
Score a Sharks t-shirt, a ticket to opening night, and pick two games of the five other guaranteed nights! Click HERE to order online.  The six guaranteed home dates are as follows:
·          Saturday, Oct. 19, 2013 – opening night at the DCU Center with magnet schedule giveaway
·          Saturday, Nov. 2, 2013 – Sharks player poster giveaway
·          Saturday, Nov. 9, 2013 – Military and Veterans Appreciation Night
·          Friday, Dec. 27, 2013 – School Vacation – Worcester Sharks kid’s hat giveaway
·          Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014 – Shrewsbury vs. Algonquin HS Doubleheader
·          Saturday, Jan. 25, 2014 – Bobblehead Night with Hudson vs. Marlborough HS Doubleheader
 
2013-14 Flex ticket packages are on sale now! Score your 40 or 12 ticket flex package by contacting the Sharks front office at 508-929-0500. You decide how many tickets and how many games YOU want to attend while saving $$$ off box office pricing! It is that EASY!
 
Bring a group to sing the national anthem, book a fundraising event, host a birthday party, or have a blast in the high fin tunnel…. secure your personalized Sharks experience today!
 
Contact Worcester Sharks ticket representatives Jason Jones, Jonathan Forsberg, Kristyn Galante, Erin Croce, and Sean West as they are taking deposits for the Sharks 8th season in Worcester! Jump in today and save up to 35% off box office prices! Some of the exclusive benefits for full season ticket holders will include:
 
·          Guaranteed same seat for all 38 home dates and playoff home games at the DCU Center
·          Priority access to purchase tickets to other DCU Center events (subject to availability)
·          Seven FREE friends and family vouchers
·          Exclusive events with Sharks players
·          Merchandise discounts and much, much, more!
 
Season ticket packages and group tickets for the 2013-14 season are on sale now by contacting the Worcester Sharks Office at 508.929.0500 or by crashing the net at www.SharksAHL.com.
 
Socialize with the Worcester Sharks all year long! Join us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/WorcesterSharks, follow us on Twitter @WorcesterSharks, and download the Worcester Sharks App for free on your Droid or iPhone today!
 
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