The San Diego Gulls Tuesday introduced the hiring of Roy Sommer, the winningest coach in American Hockey League historical past, as their coach, changing Joel Bouchard, who was fired after their first shedding season.
“Roy brings invaluable expertise behind the bench because the winningest coach within the historical past of the AHL,” stated Gulls basic supervisor Rob DiMaio, who can be an assistant basic supervisor with the Gulls’ NHL guardian crew, the Anaheim Geese. “His sturdy monitor file of growing gamers able to play within the NHL will assist us proceed a profitable tradition in San Diego for the league’s high followers.”
Sommer had spent the previous 24 seasons because the coach of the San Jose Sharks’ AHL affiliate, together with the previous seven with the San Jose Barracuda. The Barracuda introduced Might 18 that the 65-year-old Sommer would develop into a senior advisor for the Barracuda, helping basic supervisor Joe Will with varied scouting and participant improvement efforts.
Sommer compiled an 808-721-107 file with San Jose’s AHL associates in Kentucky (1998-01), Cleveland (2001-06), Worcester (2006-15) and San Jose (2015-22). He helped information the Barracuda to 5 Calder Cup playoffs appearances in seven seasons following the creation of the AHL Pacific Division’s in 2015.
Sommer’s 1,736 video games coached are additionally probably the most in AHL historical past.
Sommer acquired the A.R. Pieri Memorial Award because the AHL’s coach of the 12 months in 2017 after main San Jose to a 43-16-9 file and an look within the Western Convention ultimate.
Greater than 150 gamers who Sommer coached within the AHL reached the NHL, together with Joe Pavelski, Logan Couture, Tomas Hertl, Timo Meier, Dan Boyle, Mikka Kiprusoff, Evgeni Nabokov and Jonathan Cheechoo.
Sommer additionally coached 5 seasons within the ECHL with a 176-124-34 file. He led the Richmond Renegades to the Kelly Cup championship in 1995 and acquired the John Brophy Award because the ECHL’s coach of the 12 months guiding the Renegades to a league-best 46-11-13 file and a league-record 105 factors.
Sommer was an assistant coach with the Sharks from 1996-98 and their affiliate coach for a portion of the 2019-20 NHL season, earlier than rejoining the Barracuda as coach previous to the 2020-21 season.
Bouchard was fired Might 11, six days after his lone season because the Gulls’ coach ended after they have been swept by the Ontario Reign, two video games to none, in a best-of-three first-round playoff sequence.
Bouchard coached the Gulls to a 28-33-4-3 file within the 2021-22 season, their lone shedding file of their seven seasons within the AHL, ending seventh within the nine-team Pacific Division.
–Metropolis Information Service