McGuire Wire – August 15 – Worcester Hockey Alums in NHL Playoffs

Closing Time

Well, there you have it: the eight former Worcester Sharks who are competing in this season’s NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs. However, the Worcester ties run much deeper than just those eight players. Goaltender Alex Stalock participated in the qualifying round with the Minnesota Wild who were defeated by the Vancouver Canucks in game four of the best of five series. The 33-year-old netminder stopped all 28 shots he faced in game number one as the Wild took down the Canucks 3-0. In addition, former Worcester Sharks netminder Troy Grosenick (2013-15) was in the bubble with the Nashville Predators.

Other notable connections that come to mind: Todd Reirden, the Head Coach of the Washington Capitals, played seven games for the IceCats during the 2000-01 season. Former Worcester Shark Freddie Hamilton’s (2012-14) brother Dougie Hamilton is skating for the Carolina Hurricanes, while Rylan Schwartz’s (2012-15) brother Jaden Schwartz is with the St. Louis Blues. Last but not least a shoutout to former Worcester Sharks Head Equipment Manager, Chris Davidson-Adams, who has been the Head Equipment Manager for the Vegas Golden Knights since their inaugural season in 2017-18.

Alright everybody… I’ve got some hockey to watch!

Until next time, so long.