Get to know your 2013-14 Worcester Sharks!
Swimming with the Sharks – Get to know your 2013-14 Worcester Sharks!
By Darcy Hamilton
The Worcester Sharks will kick off the 2013-14 season Saturday, Oct 12, away from home against intra-state rival, the Springfield Falcons. The Falcons took down the Manchester Monarchs 3-2 last Saturday in their season opener. In anticipation of the big game, let’s take a look at the 2013-14 Worcester Sharks roster!
Not Their First Rodeo
There’s a lot to be excited about in this year’s team. Despite being a relatively young team, there are five players on the Sharks with NHL experience. Rob Davison, Matt Tennyson, John McCarthy, Bracken Kearns and Nick Petrecki have all spent time in the NHL. The five players combine for a total of 280 games of experience. Leading the pack is Rob Davison, who has a total of 219 NHL games under his belt with the Shark, Islanders, Canucks and Devils!
Davison is also the oldest player on the team at 33. In a wild turn of events, Davison shares a birthday with fellow defenseman Dylan Demelo, 20, who happens to be the youngest player on the team! They are exactly 13 years apart. Speaking of birthdays, right wingers Sebastian Stalberg and James Livingston were born just two days apart! Four players were born in 1992 but it was Freddie Hamilton, born on New Year’s Day, that started the year off with a bang!
Three players have siblings currently playing in the NHL. Sebastian Stalberg’s brother Viktor is currently with the Nashville Predators, but won the Stanley Cup with the Chicago Blackhawks last year. Viktor and the Blackhawks took down the Bruins, the team of Dougie Hamilton, Freddie Hamilton’s younger brother. Also in the Big Show is Rylan Schwartz’s brother Jaden, who is currently playing with the St. Louis Blues.
Let’s Get Physical
There’s a nine inch height difference between the tallest player and the shortest player on the team. The average height of the Sharks is 6’2” which is 4 inches taller than the national average!
International Men of Mystery
We have quite a few different nationalities on this year’s roster. Seven different countries are represented on the 2013-14 Worcester Sharks roster. There are 13 Canadians and seven Americans. The other five players all come from different European countries. Check it out!
Sebastian Stalberg Swedish
Daniil Tarasov Russian
Konrad Abeltshauser German
Marek Viendensky Slovak
Harri Sateri Finnish
Of the 25 players currently on the roster, 10 players attended college for at least a year:
John McCarthy Boston University
Matt Tennyson Western Michigan University
Sebastian Stalberg University of Vermont
Brodie Reid Northeastern University
Bracken Kearns University of Calgary
Eriah Hayes Minnesota State University – Mankato
Travis Oleksuk University of Minnesota – Duluth
Rylan Schwartz Colorado College
Nick Petrecki Boston College
Troy Grosenick Union College
The Chosen Ones
Interestingly, 12 of the 25 current players have been drafted to the NHL. Nine of the 12 were drafted by the San Jose Sharks!
Player Round Team/Year
Freddie Hamiliton 5th rd San Jose/’10
Taylor Doherty 2nd rd San Jose/’09
Harri Sateri 4th rd San Jose/’08
Nick Petrecki 1st rd San Jose/’07
John McCarthy 7th rd San Jose/’06
Jimmy Bonneau 8th rd Montreal/’03
Adam Comrie 3rd rd Florida/‘08
James Livingston 3rd rd St. Louis/‘08
Marek Viedensky 7th rd San Jose/‘09
Dylan Demelo 6th rd San Jose/’11
Rob Davison 4th rd San Jose/’98
Konrad Abeltshauser 6th rd San Jose/’10
The Sharks first home game is Oct 19 at 7:00 against the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins. Go to www.sharksahl.com for more information on the roster and schedule and be sure to follow the Sharks on Twitter @WorcesterSharks!