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Joe Will, General Manager/Alternate Governor
Joe Will begins his ninth season as assistant general manager for the San Jose Sharks and his seventh as general manager of the Sharks’ American Hockey League affiliate (Worcester Sharks and San Jose Barracuda).
In San Jose, Will works closely with general manager Doug Wilson on all daily departmental functions and his primary responsibilities include contract research and negotiations, scouting operations, fiscal planning, salary cap analysis and hockey administration. He’s the lead coordinator and planner for the Sharks training camp scouting meetings and scouting conference calls each season.
In addition, as general manager of the San Jose Barracuda, he oversees all the hockey operations for the Sharks American Hockey League affiliate, including player evaluation, player contracts, and player recall and reassignments.
In an effort to strengthen the organization’s player development system and program, the Sharks relocated their American Hockey League affiliate to San Jose for the 2015-16 season. The Barracuda became a part of the AHL’s new Pacific Division, sharing SAP Center with their NHL parent club. The move west eliminated the need to fly players across the United States in the event of recalls and reassignments and added valuable practice time. It also has allowed for greater interaction and observation from San Jose’s development coaches.
One of his most important duties involves the tracking, analyzing and projecting of the team’s player payroll relative to the current and future National Hockey League salary cap to give the team the financial flexibility to ice a championship-caliber team each season.
Will, 53, also works with the organization’s professional scouts and management team in player research for expansion, waivers, free agency and trades. His expert analysis of economic trends in the NHL has led to the Sharks acquisition and retention of several key veteran players over his time with the club.
Prior to his current roles, Will served as the team’s director of hockey operations from 2004-2011. A member of the Sharks organization since the franchise’s inception in July 1990, he has also previously served as assistant to the general manager and scouting coordinator.
The Bloomington, Minn. native also works with director of scouting Tim Burke in the development and implementation of draft prospect testing, draft table operations and computer scouting analysis. Will is an integral part of the team’s draft-day strategy. Without his coordinating efforts, the team would not have drafted 2001 Calder Memorial Trophy winner Evgeni Nabokov in 1994. In addition, he developed the Sharks computer scouting program that pioneered the advent of scouting programs now used throughout the NHL.
Prior to joining San Jose, Will spent six years in the Minnesota North Stars organization in various capacities.
Jimmy Bonneau, Co-Coach
Now splitting coaching duties with Michael Chiasson after spending a season as an assistant coach, Bonneau enters his second season behind the Barracuda bench. Previously, he spent two seasons as a professional scout with the Sharks following an 11 year playing professional hockey as a forward with various clubs in the American Hockey League and East Coast Hockey League.
From 2011-15, he played under Sommer with the Worcester Sharks, the Sharks then-AHL affiliate. He played in 153 games with Worcester over four seasons, posting 14 points (five goals, nine assists) and served as an alternate captain during the 2013-14 season.
The Baie-Comeau, Quebec native finished his AHL career with 30 points (11 goals, 19 assists) and 988 penalty minutes in 348 career games.
Michael Chiasson, Co-Coach
Now splitting coaching duties with Jimmy Bonneau after spending a season as an assistant coach, Chiasson enters his second season behind the Barracuda bench. Previously, he spent one season as an amateur scout for the Sharks.
Chiasson, 27, last played professionally for Åmäls SK in Sweden's Division 2 league during the 2015-16 season, collecting 24 points (five goals, 19 assists) in 28 games. The former defenseman played collegiately at the University of Michigan, for four seasons, recording three goals, 13 assists, 47 penalty minutes and a plus-14 rating in 86 games while studying Sport Management.
The Grosse Pointe, Michigan, native is the son of Steve Chiasson, who played 13 season in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings, Calgary Flames and Carolina Hurricanes.
John McCarthy, Coach
2019-20 is McCarthy’s first as a member of the Barracuda’s coaching staff. The 33-year-old made his coaching debut on Dec. 27, 2019 against the Stockton Heat after announcing his retirement from pro hockey earlier in the day. On Dec. 10, McCarthy, 33, suffered an Ischemic stroke due to a previously undetected hole in his heart. Following swift medical attention from the team’s medical staff and the physicians at Kaiser Permanente, McCarthy was stabilized and has made a complete recovery. In the coming weeks, McCarthy will undergo a minor heart procedure to correct the issue.
McCarthy, who was selected by the Sharks in the seventh round of the 2006 NHL Draft, holds all major Barracuda franchise records including games played (275), goals (62), assists (76), points (138), power-play goals (17), and shorthanded goals (5). He has served as the Barracuda team captain since 2016 and also served as captain of the Worcester Sharks for the 2012-2013 season.
In 577 career AHL games with Worcester, Chicago, and San Jose, he has collected 297 points (130 goals, 167 assists), 233 penalty minutes and a plus-62 rating.
He also posted 11 points (three goals, eight assists) in 27 playoff games with the Barracuda over the past four seasons.
In addition, McCarthy skated in 88 NHL games with the Sharks between 2009-2016, accumulating six points (three goals, three assists) and 22 penalty minutes.
In total, McCarthy appeared in 640 regular season games with San Jose’s NHL and AHL franchises.
In 2018, McCarthy was selected to the United States Men’s Olympic Ice Hockey Team, appearing in five games at the Pyeongchang Olympics.
Prior to his professional career, McCarthy spent four seasons at Boston University where he won a 2009 National Championship as one of the team’s Co-Captains.
Nick Gialdini, Video Coach/Manager, Hockey Operations
Nick Gialdini enters his fourth season as video coach for the Barracuda after spending the previous three seasons assisting the Sharks scouting department in various capacities.
Gialdini joined the Sharks organization after playing hockey in the Jr. Sharks youth hockey system. He spent nine years as a youth hockey coach, most recently with the Jr. Sharks 18AAA team, and has served as high school hockey coordinator for four years at Sharks Ice at San Jose.
Gialdini, a San Jose native, graduated from San Jose State University in 2016 where he played one season of club hockey, appearing in the ACHA Division 2 National Championships.
Bryan Marchment, Development Coach
One of the most feared hitters and intimidating players in National Hockey League history, Bryan Marchment begins his 13th season as a scout who also assists in player development. Based in the Toronto area, Marchment’s duties include working with players in San Jose and the team’s American Hockey League affiliate, as well as scouting Sharks prospects at the college and Canadian major junior levels. Bryan also serves as an advisor to the hockey operations department.
Marchment played in 926 NHL games over 17 seasons with Winnipeg, Chicago, Hartford, Edmonton, Tampa Bay, San Jose, Colorado, Toronto and Calgary and posted 182 points (40 goals, 142 assists) and 2,307 penalty minutes.
In 334 games with San Jose (ninth-most among Sharks franchise blueliners and tied for 22nd amongst all Sharks players), scored 66 points (15 goals, 53 assists) and 706 penalty minutes (third most in franchise history).
“Mush” was acquired by San Jose from Tampa Bay on March 24, 1998 and was originally selected by the Winnipeg Jets in the first round (16th overall) of the 1987 NHL Entry Draft.
Dirk Graham, Development Coach
1991 Selke Trophy winner enters his twelfth season as a professional scout with San Jose; Graham also serves as development coach for the San Jose Barracuda, the Sharks top minor league affiliate
Graham served as professional scout for the Tampa Bay Lightning from 2006-08 and was the head coach of the American Hockey League’s Springfield Falcons from 2004-06.
Dirk spent several years in the hockey department of the Chicago Blackhawks, including being head coach (1998-99), a scout (1997-98) and an assistant coach (1995-96). Graham played 12 National Hockey League seasons and 772 games, primarily with Chicago, but began his career with the Minnesota North Stars in 1983-84. He scored at least 20 goals six times, helped Chicago reach the 1992 Stanley Cup Final and served as the team’s captain from 1989-95.
Graham posted a career-high 78 points (33 goals, 45 assists) in 80 games in 1988-89 and played in 90 Stanley Cup Playoff games, posting 44 points (17 goals, 27 assists) over his illustrious career. Known as a inspirational leader on-and-off the ice, Graham was an exemplary worker on both specialty teams.
The Regina, Saskatchewan native originally selected by Vancouver in the fifth round (89th overall) of the 1979 NHL Entry Draft.
Niklas Sundstrom, Development Coach
Niklas Sundstrom enters his sixth season as a European scout, rejoining the Sharks after spending parts of four seasons (1999-2003) with San Jose as a player. Sundstrom helped San Jose reach the playoffs in three of those four seasons, compiling 12 points (1-11=12) in 30 playoff games with San Jose, often playing alongside current Sharks Development Coach Mike Ricci and Scott Thornton. The trio combined to be one of the most effective and popular lines in franchise history.
Along with his scouting duties, Sundstrom’s responsibilities include an emphasis on European player development and transition.
Niklas spent ten seasons in the National Hockey League with Montreal, San Jose and the New York Rangers, amassing 349 points (117 goals, 232 assists) and 256 penalty minutes in 750 career NHL games.
Originally drafted eighth overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the New York Rangers, Sundstrom spent the last seven seasons of his playing career in the Swedish Hockey League with MODO, retiring after the 2012-13 campaign.
Adam Francilia, Development Coach
Ryan Hamilton, Development Coach
Luke Chilcott, Skating Coach
Luke Chilcott returns for his fifth season as Skating Coach for the San Jose Barracuda. Chilcott develops a deeper knowledge of edge work and efficiency through correct technique and assist players in analyzing beneficial equipment as it relates to their performance. He has assisted Sharks prospects with their skating technique at the annual development camp for the past four season and became the official Skating Coach of the Sharks last year. Chilcott founded CSM, Chilcott Skating Mechanics, which he owns and operates out of the Dallas/Fort Worth area. He works privately with students, as well as with small groups and teams, on facilitating efficient skating technique through helping players understand proper biomechanics. Teams Chilcott has worked with include the Tier 1 Dallas Stars Girls Elite team, which is currently one of the United States top Girls Travel Hockey programs, and an organization in McKinney, Texas that fields an A and AA teams at every level. Chilcott has won two national championships at the novice and primary levels of figure skating and went on to compete at the junior and senior standards of the sport. He competed internationally for Great Britain and skated up to the world championship level. Born in England, Chilcott currently resides in Dallas, Texas
Will Leonard, Head Athletic Trainer
San Jose native Will Leonard enters his second season with the San Jose Barracuda as the team’s Head Athletic Trainer after serving as an intern with the Sharks under Ray Tufts in 2009-10. Prior to joining the Barracuda, Leonard worked at Notre Dame High School in downtown San Jose for the last four years, assisting all 10 of the school’s varsity sports. Following his internship with the Sharks, Will continued to help out the organization during training camp and development camp.
Leonard resides in San Jose with his wife Sara, daughter Taylor and his three dogs.
Gianluca Scotuzzi, Assistant Athletic Trainer
San Jose native Gianluca Scotuzzi returns for his third season with the San Jose Barracuda but his first as the team’s Assistant Athletic Trainer.
Scotuzzi graduated in 2016 with a Bachelors’ of Science degree in Kinesiology with emphasis in Athletic Training from San Jose State University. Scotuzzi is currently continuing his education at San Jose State University in pursuit of a Master’s degree in Kinesiology with a concentration in Athletic Training and is set to graduate in May 2019.
Marcello Martinelli, Strength and Conditioning Coordinator
Marcello Martinelli returns for his fourth season as strength and conditioning coordinator for the Barracuda after previously spending time as the strength and conditioning coordinator at Golden Valley High School and assisting Mike Potenza and the Sharks strength and conditioning department in various capacities.
Prior to joining the Sharks, Marcello worked as an intern for the Stanford Sports Performance department in 2011. He also worked as a sports performance coach for Velocity Sports Performance in San Diego, CA from 2012-2013.
The Merced, CA native graduated from Fresno State University with a degree in kinesiology in 2010. He currently resides in Morgan Hill, CA with his wife Delise and his daughter Amorette.
Mike Murphy, Head Equipment Manager
Mike Murphy begins his third season on the Barracuda equipment staff and his second as Head Equipment Manager. Murphy spent the previous season as the Assistant Equipment Manager for San Jose and was with the the Macon Mayhem of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL) prior to that.
Murphy has a degree in Sports Management from the University of New England and a Master’s Degree in Sports Administration from Canisius College.
While at Canisius (NCAA DI), Murphy was the hockey teams head equipment manager for a pair of seasons (2014-16) in a Graduate Assistantship role. In 2015-16, Mike also worked for the Buffalo Beauts of the National Woman’s Hockey League (NWHL) during the league’s inaugural season.
Prior to his time at Canisius, Murphy spent one season at American International College (NCAA DI) as the hockey teams head equipment manager after earning his undergrad from the University of New England where he began his career while in school.
Austin Rodriguez, Assistant Equipment Manager
Austin Rodriguez enters his second season as the Assistant Equipment Manager for the San Jose Barracuda after serving as the team’s third member in 2016-17. In addition to helping out the Barracuda, Rodriguez has been the visiting locker room attendant during Sharks games over the last two seasons. Rodriguez original joined the organization as a member of the ice maintenance team in 2016.
Anthony Abene M.D., Team Doctor
The next three years were spent on Active Duty with the US Air Force. During this time, he was appointed as a clinical professor in surgery at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences. Additionally, he obtained his MBA in Health Care Administration from Touro University.
After his honorable discharge, he spent an additional year in a Sports Medicine fellowship at Sports Orthopedic and Rehabilitation (SOAR) where he worked with world-class athletes including those on the San Francisco 49ers and San Francisco Giants. Dr. Abene currently cares for athletes at San Jose State University. Dr. Abene also worked with the San Jose Ballet and is the medical advisor for the Jr. Sharks youth hockey program. He is a fellow of the American Academy of Orthopaedic Surgeons and the American Orthopaedic Society of Sports Medicine. Dr. Abene is currently an orthopaedic surgeon at Kaiser Permanente San Jose.
Kenneth Yu M.D., Team Doctor
Dr. Yu is a board certified emergency physician at Kaiser-Permanente. He earned bachelors and masters degrees from Stanford University, where he graduated with honors, as well as medical and graduate business degrees from Columbia University in 2001.
After residency training at New York-Presbyterian, the University Hospitals of Columbia and Cornell, Dr. Yu served as Clinical Instructor of Emergency Medicine at Weill-Cornell Medical Center, a New York City Level 1 trauma center. He also worked part-time in rural, suburban, Veterans Affairs, and telemedicine settings.
His sports involvement over the years has spanned track and field, volleyball, skiing, golf, and ice hockey.
Dr. Yu currently practices at the Kaiser Santa Clara Emergency Department, Kaiser Mountain View Minor Injury Clinic, and Kaiser Northern California Appointments and Advice Call Center. He is an Adjunct Clinical Instructor in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the Stanford University School of Medicine, teaching resident physicians from the Stanford/Kaiser Emergency Medicine Residency Program.