David Cunniff returns for his 11th season as assistant coach for San Jose’s top affiliate, the Worcester Sharks. Cunniff has played an integral role in assisting Head Coach Roy Sommer in all coaching duties including video breakdown, player assessment and scouting.
Cunniff's coaching efforts are primarily focused on the defensive end. His presence was pivotal in the rapid development of several defensemen including Douglas Murray, Jason Demers, and Justin Braun. With a focus on player development, Cunniff assists in the annual Sharks Summer Development Camp and the Sharks Rookie Tournament.
For the past ten seasons, Cunniff has been an instructor at the San Jose Sharks Summer Hockey School. By doing so, he shared his expertise with more than 1,000 campers ranging from age six to adult.
In addition, David also created and operates Cunniff Hockey which offers hockey camps, private lessons, and video analysis for all age groups and levels of expertise.
The son of the late NHL veteran and U.S. Olympic Team Coach John Cunniff, David played eight seasons of professional hockey in the American and East Coast Hockey Leagues. That stint included playing two seasons under his father with the AHL’s Albany River Rats (1998-00). After a one-year hiatus, Cunniff concluded his playing career in 2001-02 with Louisiana and Richmond in the ECHL. In 268 AHL and ECHL games, Cunniff scored 82 points (38 goals and 44 assists) and posted 555 penalty minutes.
The South Boston native played his college hockey at Salem State College and currently resides in Milton, Mass. with his wife Mary-Ann and their two sons, Patrick and David.