Michael Mudd serves as the President for the Worcester Sharks working alongside Silicon Valley Sports & Entertainment Executive Vice President and CEO of the Worcester Sharks Michael T. Lehr and San Jose Sharks Assistant General Manager Wayne Thomas, playing a vital role in all aspects of the Sharks operations.
Mudd oversees the overall business operations of the franchise while managing the Corporate, Ticket, Marketing, Community Relations, Public Relations, Merchandise, and Broadcasting departments.
A personable and highly respected executive in the American Hockey League, Mudd serves as a Worcester Sharks Alternate Governor and a member of the AHL Collective Bargaining Committee. Through his leadership and guidance, he was instrumental in developing and producing the Worcester bid to the AHL Board of Governors in order to secure the 2009 AHL All-Star Classic for the city of Worcester and was the Project Manager of the extremely successful event.
In addition to Mudd’s responsibilities directing the day-to-day business side of the hockey club, he serves as the Sharks liaison with the American Hockey League office for all hockey-related administrative issues including regular season and playoff scheduling. He is also responsible for the development and the management of the hockey operations budget, team travel, and the administration of training camp. In addition, he has a hand in evaluating Sharks prospects in Worcester as well as prospects from other American League teams. When the Sharks roster is depleted due to player injuries or player recalls to San Jose, he works alongside General Manager Wayne Thomas in researching or locating talent from other hockey leagues to fill out the Worcester Sharks roster.
Mudd enters his tenth season with the Sharks organization having served in various capacities during his tenure within the organization moving up the ladder to his current position as President. During his residence, Mudd was extremely involved on relocating the club to Worcester, restructuring the front office, and developing new concepts such as the thriving High School Hockey Doubleheaders.
Prior to joining the Sharks, he served as the General Manager of the Cleveland Lumberjacks of the International Hockey League. During his two years in hockey operations with the ‘Jacks, Mudd compiled an 83-62-19 record, helping lead the club to two straight Turner Cup Playoff berths.
From 1997-99, he served as the General Manager and Director of Hockey Operations for the Chesapeake Ice Breakers of the East Coast Hockey League. Under his guidance and through difficult circumstances off the ice, the expansion team posted a combined record of 68-53-19 and qualified for the Kelly Cup Playoffs in each of its two seasons. Before going to the Ice Breakers, he was the Assistant General Manager for the Baltimore Bandits of the American Hockey League, where he also was the team’s goaltending coach and led the Bandits to two Calder Cup berths in both their years of existence.
Mudd is also an active participant in the endeavors of several local community organizations, including serving on the advisory board of the March of Dimes and Devereux Center.
A native of Amherst, N.Y., Mudd is a 1990 graduate of St. Lawrence University where he earned a bachelor’s degree in Economics. He was a four-year member of the school’s hockey team which won ECAC Division I Championships in 1988 and 1989 and were also NCAA Division I Finalists in 1988. Mudd, a goaltender, had a standout senior season and was among NCAA Division I statistical leaders in all categories, culminating in receiving the team’s “Coaches” Award. Mudd attended the 1990 St. Louis Blues NHL Training Camp and played professional hockey for two seasons, splitting time between the ECHL and the IHL. An all around athlete, he was also a four year starter on the school’s baseball team where he was named All-ICAC as a freshman center fielder. Mudd earned his master’s in sports management from Miami University (Ohio), where he was the Assistant Coach of the hockey team from 1992-94 under NCAA coaching legend George Gwozdecky.
Michael and his wife, Holly, have two sons, Tyler (8) and Connor (2), and a daughter, Ashley (6).