Worcester Railers

The Worcester Railers (also called Worcester Railers HC) are a professional ice hockey team based in Worcester, Massachusetts. The team began play in the 2017–18 ECHL season, and is a member of the North Division of the Eastern Conference of the ECHL. The team plays their home games at the DCU Center and are the ECHL affiliate of the New York Islanders.[1]

Worcester Railers
2019–20 ECHL season
CityWorcester, Massachusetts
Home arenaDCU Center
ColorsSteel blue, gray, white
Owner(s)Worcester Pro Hockey, LLC (Cliff Rucker, Owner)
General managerDavid Cunniff
Head coachDavid Cunniff
MediaTelegram & Gazette
Charter TV3
AffiliatesNew York Islanders (NHL)
Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL)
Franchise history
2017–presentWorcester Railers

The team filled the void left by the AHL's Worcester Sharks, who relocated to San Jose, California, in 2015 to become the San Jose Barracuda.


On January 26, 2015, it was reported that the Worcester Sharks would move to San Jose and share SAP Center at San Jose with their parent club, the San Jose Sharks. These reports were confirmed with the Sharks' official announcement on January 29.[2] Worcester did not initially receive an ECHL team to replace the relocated AHL team, unlike the other markets with relocated AHL teams in 2015, such as Manchester, New Hampshire, Norfolk, Virginia and Glens Falls, New York.

On February 8, 2016, the ECHL announced that Worcester would be home to an expansion team, set to begin play for the 2017–18 season. The team is owned by Cliff Rucker, with Toby O'Brien initially serving as president and general manager (although O'Brien would leave in May 2016 for an NHL job and replaced by former Worcester Sharks executive, Mike Myers, as president). The team is the ECHL's first franchise in Massachusetts and second in New England after the Manchester Monarchs. Early reports indicated that ownership group was considering Whitehawks, Railers, and Blast as the name of the team.[3] The team unveiled their name and logo on April 3.[4] On September 12, 2016, Jamie Russell was announced as the team's first head coach and general manager.[5] He had served as head coach of the Elmira Jackals from 2014 to 2016. The team announced their first affiliation with the New York Islanders (NHL) and Bridgeport Sound Tigers (AHL) at the end of the 2016–17 season.[6]

The Railers played their first game on October 14, 2017, defeating the Monarchs 4–3 at the DCU Center in front of a crowd of 12,135. The first goal scored in franchise history was by forward Wade Murphy. The Railers qualified for the playoffs in their first season, losing to the Adirondack Thunder in the first round. They finished last in the competitive North Division in the 2018–19 season. The Railers then started the 2019–20 season with four wins in their first 15 games and fired head coach Jamie Russell. He was replaced David Cunniff, who had been serving as an assistant with the Hartford Wolf Pack in the AHL.[7]

Season-by-season records

Regular season Playoffs
SeasonGPWLOTLSOLPtsGFGAStandingYear1st round2nd round3rd roundKelly Cup
2017–1872372744821941934th, North2018L, 2–4, ADK
2018–1972322974751962267th, North2019Did not qualify


Current roster

As of November 20, 2019.[8][9]

# Nat Player Pos S/G Age Acquired Birthplace Contract
19 Barry Almeida LW L 31 2017 Longmeadow, Massachusetts Railers
15 Bo Brauer RW R 24 2018 Edina, Minnesota Railers
34 Evan Buitenhuis G L 26 2018 Burlington, Ontario Sound Tigers
72 Drew Callin C R 24 2019 Middleton, Wisconsin Railers
13 Ivan Chukarov D L 24 2019 Des Plaines, Illinois Railers
6 Mike Cornell D R 31 2017 Franklin, Massachusetts Sound Tigers
28 Connor Doherty D L 27 2017 Holden, Massachusetts Railers
14 J.D. Dudek C R 23 2019 Auburn, New Hampshire Sound Tigers
16 Anthony Florentino D R 24 2019 West Roxbury, Massachusetts Railers
4 Ryan MacKinnon D R 25 2018 Summerside, Prince Edward Island Sound Tigers
Jake Marchment C R 24 2019 Courtice, Ontario Railers
5 Kyle McKenzie D L 26 2017 Dallas, Texas Railers
3 Justin Murray D L 21 2019 London, Ontario Sound Tigers
9 Ross Olsson RW L 25 2019 North Billerica, Massachusetts Railers
8 Cody Payne RW R 25 2019 Weston, Florida Railers
76 Nic Pierog RW R 26 2019 Halton, Ontario Sound Tigers
22 Tanner Pond C L 26 2019 Walled Lake, Michigan Sound Tigers
20 David Quenneville D R 21 2018 Edmonton, Alberta Islanders
21 Chris Rygus D R 26 2019 Mississauga, Ontario Railers
96 Dante Salituro RW R 23 2019 North York, Ontario Railers
37 Jordan Samuels-Thomas LW L 29 2019 West Hartford, Connecticut Railers
17 Matt Schmalz RW R 23 2018 Dunnville, Ontario Railers
35 Jakub Skarek G L 20 2019 Jihlava, Czech Republic Islanders
74 Jack Stander D L 24 2019 Grosse Pointe Woods, Michigan Railers
24 Kyle Thomas RW R 29 2019 Waltham, Massachusetts Railers
51 Yanick Turcotte F L 23 2017 Ste-Brigitte-de-Laval, Quebec Sound Tigers
26 Shane Walsh RW R 28 2019 Boston, Massachusetts Railers


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