Roy Sommer is getting inducted into the AHL Hall of Fame in San Jose.
That just feels right.
On Feb. 5, as part of the AHL All-Star Game’s festivities in San Jose, the long-time San Jose Sharks AHL affiliate head coach will be inducted into the Hall of Fame with Dennis Bonvie, Gordie Clark, and Gerry Ehman.
Sommer, 66, is the AHL’s all-time winningest coach with 828 wins. From 1998 to 2022, the Oakland native was the head coach of San Jose Sharks AHL affiliates Kentucky Thoroughblades (1998-2001), Cleveland Barons (2001-06), Worcester Sharks (2006-15), and San Jose Barracuda (2015-22). He also coached the Anaheim Ducks’ AHL affiliate San Diego Gulls last season and is currently behind the bench for the WHL’s Wenatchee Wild.
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Anthony Duclair made his return to South Florida, which was the first NHL stop that felt like home to him.
They gave him a nice video tribute on Tuesday:
Anthony Duclair gets a nice welcome back video from the Florida Panthers.
Fans at Amerant Bank Arena gave him a “DUUUUUKE” chant before cheering at the end. pic.twitter.com/NpcstNKQfR
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Luca Cagnoni is making a big impact in the WHL.
AROUND THE NHL…
Joe Pavelski just scored his 1,000th point, and the Dallas Stars honored that achievement last week with an outstanding tribute video:
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Ottawa Senators restricted free-agent Shane Pinto was suspended for 41 games for violating league gambling rules.
Also, GM Pierre Dorion got canned in the heels of the Pinto news and the Senators losing a future first-round pick for their role in the aborted Evgenii Dadonov trade in 2022. Steve Staios is the interim GM.
The Pittsburgh Penguins are confident they played at their full potential when they handed the Colorado Avalanche their first loss of the season. But recent struggles show that Erik Karlsson and company still haven’t got quite untracked.
Bobby Brink scored his first two NHL goals as the Philadelphia Flyers continued their hot streak against the Minnesota Wild.
The Boston Bruins blew a lead and suffered their first loss of the season to the Anaheim Ducks.
ESPN has the latest buzz on NHL rumors, including the free-agency sweepstakes of Patrick Kane.
Nicklas Backstrom is stepping away from hockey.
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