McCarthy has big shoes to fill replacing Sommer as Barracuda coach


The San Jose Sharks have been a franchise full of constants over the years.

For most of the last three decades, you could count on Patrick Marleau speeding up and down the ice in teal. GM Doug Wilson going big game hunting. And Roy Sommer behind the bench, developing Sharks' prospects.

But it’s clearly a new era for the San Jose Sharks: After playing 21 of his 23 seasons in San Jose, Marleau officially retired last week. After 19 years as GM, Wilson stepped down in April for health reasons. And after 24 years as San Jose’s AHL head coach, Sommer has just been shifted to senior adviser.

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In Sommer’s place, John McCarthy will take over as head coach of the Barracuda. The 35-year-old has been a development coach for the Barracuda for the last two years, also serving as assistant coach for part of 2019-20.

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