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SAN JOSE, CA – The San Jose Barracuda (@SJBarracuda) presented by Barracuda Networks (@barracuda) and Barracuda General Manager Joe Will officially announced today that the team has signed forwards John McCarthy, Jake Marchment, and Matt Willows along with goaltender Jamie Murray to AHL contracts for the 2016-17 season. Per club policy, terms of the deals were not enclosed.
The 29 year-old McCarthy returns for his 8th season in the San Jose Sharks organization. The 6-foot-1, 195lb left winger from Andover, MA recorded 45 points (16+29=45pts) in 67 games last season for the San Jose Barracuda and also played one game (0+0=0) for the San Jose Sharks. In his career, McCarthy has skated in 88 NHL games (3+3=6pts) with the San Jose Sharks and has recorded 196 points (79+117=196pts) in 344 games with the Sharks AHL affiliates in Worcester and in San Jose. In addition, John skated in 25 games for the Chicago Wolves (AHL) during the 2014-15 season. Originally drafted by the Sharks in 2006, McCarthy won a national championship with Boston University in 2009 and also served as captain with the Worcester Sharks during the 2012-13 season.
The 24 year-old Willows recorded 66 points (23+43=66pts) in 71 games with the Florida Everblades (ECHL) in his first season as a professional last season and was named the ECHL Rookie of the Year. The 5-foot-9, 185lb right wing from Congers, NY played 11 games with the Worcester Sharks (AHL) at the end of the 2014-15 season and recorded five points (3+2=5). Before turning pro, Matt skated in 130 games with the University of New Hampshire (45+45=90pts) and served as team captain his senior year.
The 21 year-old Marchment looks to begin his professional career with the Barracuda after skating the last three years in the OHL with Belleville and Erie. The 6-foot-4, 220lb center from Courtice, ON recorded 45 points (25+20=45pts) in 60 games with the Erie Otters last season and added 11 points (4+7=11) in 13 playoff games. Jake is the nephew of San Jose Sharks development coach Bryan Marchment and was originally drafted by the LA Kings in 2014.
The 24 year-old Murray was named the ECAC East Goaltender of the Year last season with Babson College and won the Joe Concannon Award, given to the best American-born college hockey player in New England at the NCAA Division II/III level. The 6-foot-3, 170lb goaltender from Scituate, MA joins the Barracuda after wrapping up four seasons with Babson College where he notched a 62-20-9 record and an 1.69 goals-against average. Murray ranks second in NCAA Division III history in career save percentage (.940). After posting a 14-5-3 record last year as a senior at Babson, Murray played four games for the Allen Americans (ECHL) and went 1-0-2 with a 1.44 GAA and a .963 save %.
All four players are expected to participate in the San Jose Sharks training camp in September.
The Barracuda have confirmed the following four regular season dates to be played at SAP Center next season:
The only way to guarantee your seat for the 2016-17 regular season home opener at SAP Center is by purchasing season tickets or by purchasing one of the following partial season ticket packages:
All ticket holders will also have access to the Club Level at SAP Center at all San Jose Barracuda home games again this season. The Barracuda will debut a new Family Fun Zone during the 2016-17 season along with several theme and giveaway nights! San Jose Barracuda season and group ticket packages are available by calling the Barracuda directly at 408-977-4747. Please visit www.SJBarracuda.com for up to date information.
A SEASON TO REMEMBER:
The first season of AHL action in the Bay Area will be a season not to forget. Bay Area native Roy Sommer broke the AHL wins record at SAP Center on Feb 10 with his 637th career win behind the bench. Forward Ryan Carpenter was named the 2015-16 AHL Yanick Dupre Man of the Year Award winner for all of the work he did in the San Jose community. 17 different players received at least one call-up to the Sharks last season which included the NHL debuts by Nikolay Goldobin, Dylan Demelo, and Ryan Carpenter. An average of just over 4,400 fans rooted on the Barracuda at SAP Center in their inaugural season as the club raised over $50,000 for local charities during their five specialty jersey auctions. San Jose had three 20 goal scorers (Lerg, Goodrow, and Goldobin) and made the Calder Cup playoffs on the final day of the regular season. Join the excitement of Barracuda hockey next season!