Joe Will, General Manager/Alternate Governor
Joe Will begins his seventh season as assistant general manager for the San Jose Sharks and his fifth 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.
Roy Sommer, Head Coach
The Oakland native returns for his 20th season behind the bench of San Jose’s top development affiliate and his 22nd season overall with the Sharks organization. In his 19 seasons as head coach, Sommer has compiled a 691-605-48-72-65 (W-L-T-OTL-SOL) record in the regular season and has reached the postseason ten times, including a Conference Finals birth in 2017, the first of his career.
The San Jose Sharks dressed 20 players during the 2015-16 season that developed under Sommer’s tutelage. In fact, 43 players have made their NHL debuts with the Sharks over the last 11 seasons -- including Kevin Labanc, Timo Meier, Justin Braun, Chris Tierney, Dylan DeMelo, and Melker Karlsson.
In 2016-17, Roy turned in arguably his best coaching performance of his illustrious career behind the bench. The 60-year-old guided one of the AHL’s youngest rosters to a Conference Finals appearance along with a regular-season Conference Championship and the league’s longest winning streak (14), culminating in his first Louis A.R. Pieri Memorial Award as the AHL’s Outstanding Coach of the Year.
In 2015-16, Sommer picked up record breaking win 637 to surpass Fred “Bun” Cook (636 wins) for the most wins in AHL history in 4-2 win over the Ontario Reign on February 10, 2016 at the SAP Center at San Jose. He also surpassed Frank Mathers (1,256 games coached) for the most games coached in AHL history on March 26, 2014 in Worcester’s 5-3 victory in Lewiston, ME over the Portland Pirates. Sommer has coached 1,412 AHL games – all with the SJ Sharks AHL affiliates. In total, he has coached 1,746 total games in the AHL and ECHL.
In 2011-12, Roy became just the 4th head coach in AHL history to reach the 500 wins plateau after a 3-2 shootout victory at Hershey on February 11, 2012.
In 2010-11, Sommer became just the 4th head coach in AHL history to reach the 1,000 games plateau after a 3-1 victory at Springfield on January 14, 2011 and seven players made their NHL debut with the San Jose Sharks.
In 2009-10, Sommer led Worcester to a franchise record 49 wins and captured the regular season Atlantic Division title. He won his 400th game as an AHL head coach after a 4-1 victory over Springfield at the DCU Center on Nov. 1, 2009.
As head coach for San Jose’s top development team, Sommer has coached more than 95 players who’ve spent time in the National Hockey League, including forward Logan Couture, who was named the 2010-11 PlayStation “Sharks Rookie of the Year.”
Sommer, 58, began coaching San Jose’s top development affiliates in 1998-99 with the AHL’s Kentucky Thoroughblades. He coached the T-Blades for three seasons before San Jose relocated their AHL team to Cleveland.
In his first season with Kentucky, the Thoroughblades registered franchise records for most regular season wins (44), most road wins (21) and total points (98) in a season while posting the AHL’s fifth-best record. This success came despite having 17 players promoted to the NHL during the season.
From 1999-2001, Sommer’s club went 84-50-21-5 to capture two consecutive Mid-Atlantic Division titles and went to the Calder Cup Playoffs each season. Sommer’s success was recognized during the 1999-00 season with his selection as the head coach for the Canadian All-Star Team, where his squad toppled PlanetUSA, 8-3. Before being named head coach of the Thoroughblades in 1998, Sommer spent two seasons (1996-98) as an assistant coach with the San Jose Sharks. With San Jose, Sommer was responsible for pre-scouting upcoming opponents for their offensive and defensive tendencies, line combinations and special teams tactics. In addition, he assisted in running practices and provided special on-ice extended workouts with scratched players and those rehabilitating injuries.
Before Sommer joined San Jose, he was head coach of the ECHL’s Richmond Renegades from 1991-96 and was named 1995-96 Coach of the Year after leading his team to a league best 46-11-13 mark and a league record 105 points in capturing the Brabham Cup (best regular season record). Sommer led the Renegades to the Riley Cup (league championship) in 1994-95 after posting a 41-20-7 regular season record. In addition, he served as head coach of the ECHL’s East All-Star Team in 1994-95 and the North All-Star Team in 1995-96.
Sommer’s additional ice hockey coaching experience includes assistant coaching stints with the Albany Choppers and Muskegon Lumberjacks of the International Hockey League and working with USA Hockey as an assistant coach at several evaluation camps for 16- and 17-year-old players.
In 1998, he served as head coach and general manager for the silver-medal winning Team USA (4-1-0 record) at the International Ice Hockey Federation In-Line Hockey World Championships in Anaheim. Sommer’s squads won gold medals in each of the first two tournaments (1996 in St. Paul, Minn. and 1997 in Anaheim) and posted undefeated records each year. His three-year coaching mark at this prestigious tournament stands at 17-1-0.
The former Bay Area youth hockey player coached Roller Hockey International’s San Jose Rhinos for three seasons (1994-96), including capturing the Murphy Cup (league championship) in 1995. In addition, Sommer served as head coach for RHI’s 1996 Western Conference All-Star Team.
Before stepping behind the bench, Sommer played nine seasons of professional ice hockey. A sixth round selection by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1977, Sommer played in the Leafs system as well as those of the St. Louis Blues, Edmonton Oilers, New Jersey Devils and Pittsburgh Penguins. The highlight of Sommer’s NHL career came during the 1980-81 season when, as a teammate of Wayne Gretzky, Sommer scored a goal in his NHL debut with the Edmonton Oilers.
Sommer was captain of the Wichita Wind from 1980-83 and again with Muskegon in 1986-87. Sommer, who played left wing and center, was a member of the AHL Calder Cup Champion Maine Mariners in 1983-84 and helped lead Muskegon to the 1985-86 IHL title (Turner Cup). He played his junior hockey for the Spruce Grove Mets, which won the 1975 Centennial Cup, and for the Calgary Centennials. Sommer was a member of the United States National Team at the World Junior Championships in 1976-77.
Sommer resides in San Jose, CA. with his wife Melissa and their three children: Marley, Castan and Kira.
AHL COACHING WINS – ALL-TIME
Name Coaching Years Seasons Games Coached Wins Roy Sommer 1998-present 19 1,480 691 Fred "Bun" Cook 1937-1956 19 1,171 636 Frank Mathers 1956-1985 18 1,256 610 John Paddock 1981-2009 16 1,125 589
Ryan Mougenel, Assistant Coach
Ryan Mougenel enters his fourth season as assistant coach for the San Jose’s top affiliate, his third with the San Jose Barracuda. Mougenel will play an integral role in assisting Head Coach Roy Sommer in all coaching duties including video breakdown, player assessment and scouting.
Mougenel joined the Sharks organization in 2014-15 after spending the 2013-14 season as the assistant coach of the Hershey Bears. Before Hershey, he had a four-year stint as head coach of the ECHL’s Las Vegas Wranglers and posted a 151-111-10-16 record which included appearances in the Kelly Cup playoffs during all four seasons from 2009 to 2013, including the 2012 Western Conference championship.
The native of Scarborough, Ontario last playing action came during the 2002-03 season, when he posted 35 points (15-20-35) in 53 games with the ECHL’s Atlantic City Boardwalk Bullies where he captured the 2003 Kelly Cup championship. In 180 regular-season games with ECHL Hampton Roads, Chesapeake, Jackson and Atlantic City from 1997- 2003, Mougenel totaled 105 points (46 goals, 59 assists) and 271 penalty minutes. He also played 95 games in the former International Hockey League with the Quebec Rafales and Cleveland Lumberjacks, and played 20 games in the AHL with the Rochester Americans in the 1999-2000 season.
The 40-year-old played junior hockey with Owen Sound (OHL) and Kitchener (OHL) and currently resides in San Jose, CA. with his wife Kimberly and daughters Reese and Sloane.
Nick Gialdini, Video Coach/Hockey Operations Assistant
Nick Gialdini enters his second 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 (Defensemen)
One of the most feared hitters and intimidating players in National Hockey League history, Bryan Marchment begins his 11th 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.
Mike Ricci, Development Coach (Forwards)
One of the most beloved players to ever don a Sharks sweater, Mike Ricci enters his ninth season as development coach following one season as an advisor to San Jose’s hockey operations department.
In this role, Ricci, 46, works with Head Coach Peter DeBoer and his staff to provide on-ice instruction and assistance when the team is at home and will also work closely with Scout Bryan Marchment, working with the Sharks prospects.
Ricci finished his stellar, 16-year National Hockey League career in 2007 after notching 605 points (243 goals, 362 assists) and 979 penalty minutes in 1,099 games with Philadelphia, Quebec/Colorado, San Jose and Phoenix. He also added 66 points (23 goals, 43 assists) in 110 Stanley Cup Playoff games. Ricci won a Stanley Cup with Colorado in 1996.
His 263 points (101 goals, 162 assists) with San Jose ranks 12th on the Sharks all-time list and his 529 games place him ninth all-time. In 59 Stanley Cup Playoff games with San Jose, Ricci ranks ninth on the franchise’s all-time list with 33 points (14 goals, 19 assists).
Ricci was originally selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the first round (fourth overall) of the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. In June 1992, he was part of the blockbuster trade between Philadelphia and the Quebec Nordiques that saw the Flyers trade Ricci, Ron Hextall, Peter Forsberg, Steve Duchesne, Kerry Huffman, Chris Simon, first round selections in the 1993 and 1994 NHL Entry Drafts and $15 million to the Nordiques in exchange for Eric Lindros.
Ricci was acquired by the Sharks on Nov. 21, 1997, along with a second-round selection in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft, in exchange for Shean Donovan and a first round selection in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.
Evgeni Nabokov, Development Coach (Goalies)
Evgeni Nabokov returns to the Sharks for his third season as goaltending coach and special assignment scout. In his role with San Jose, Nabokov works with all of the organization’s goaltending prospects to assist in the development of their skills and technique.
After an illustrious career, Nabokov retired as a member of the San Jose Sharks on Feb. 11, 2015. Nabokov, 41, holds nearly every major San Jose Sharks franchise goaltending record, including: games played (563), wins (293) and shutouts (50).
Nabokov finished his remarkable career ranked 18th on the NHL’s all-time wins list (353), 17th in shutouts (59) and 25th in games played by a goaltender (697). He appeared in 86 career Stanley Cup Playoff games (22nd all-time), and ranks 23rd all-time in postseason wins (42) and T-20th in postseason shutouts (7). He helped lead the Sharks to two of their three franchise Western Conference Final appearances (2004, 2010). In 697 career NHL games with San Jose, the New York Islanders and Tampa Bay Lightning, Nabokov posted a 353-227-29-71 record, with a 2.44 goals-against average, a .911 save percentage and 59 shutouts.
Originally drafted by San Jose in the ninth round (219th overall) of the 1994 NHL Draft – the 22nd goaltender taken that year – Nabokov leads all goalies selected in that draft in NHL career games played, wins and shutouts. He made his NHL debut on Jan. 1, 2000 at Nashville, and in his first NHL start on Jan. 19, 2000, he dueled future Hall-of-Famer Patrick Roy to a 0-0 tie in Colorado, making 39 saves.
In 2001, his first full NHL season, Nabokov was the recipient of the Calder Memorial Trophy as the League’s Rookie of the Year, was named as the goaltender for the 2000-01 NHL All-Rookie Team and selected to play in the NHL All-Star Game. “Nabby” was a three-time NHL Player of the Month, a three-time NHL Player of the Week and a two-time NHL Rookie of the Month. In addition, he was named the Sharks “Player of the Month” 11 times and Sharks “Player of the Year” twice (2001, 2008).
Nabokov finished as the runner-up for the Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender during the 2007-08 season, was named to the 2007-08 NHL First All-Star Team and was selected to play in the NHL All-Star Game. His 46 wins that season were the fourth-most in a single-season in NHL history and his 77 appearances was the third-most in NHL history.
On March 10, 2002 in Vancouver, he became just the seventh goaltender (first of European descent) to score a goal. He was the first NHL goalie to score while his team was on a power play.
Internationally, the native of Ust-kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan, represented Russia on the international stage several times in his career. He served as Russia’s starting goaltender in the 2006 (1.34 goals-against average) and 2010 Winter Olympics and also played for Russia in two World Championships (2008, 2011). In the 2008 World Championships, he led Russia to a gold medal, posting a 1.78 goals-against average while being voted to the Media All-Star Team, named Russia’s top player and voted “Best Goalkeeper” in the tournament. He also was named to Russia’s roster for the 2004 World Cup of Hockey.
Nabokov also played in his native Russia in 2004-05 with Metallurg and with SKA St. Petersburg of the KHL in 2010-11.
Dirk Graham, Development Coach
1991 Selke Trophy winner enters his tenth 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 fourth 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.
Quentin Higgins, Head Athletic Trainer
Quentin Higgins returns for his second season as the Head Athletic Trainer for the San Jose Barracuda. He spent the previous two seasons as the head athletic trainer for the Atlanta Gladiators of the ECHL.
Quentin’s previous pro hockey experience also includes being an Athletic Trainer and Strength Coach for the Las Vegas Wranglers of the ECHL, and Head Athletic Trainer for the Norfolk Admirals of the AHL. Quentin has also served as a Strength and Conditioning Coach at Colgate University along with interning as a Strength Coach at University of Iowa.
Originally from Nashville, TN, Higgins played for Metro Jets of the CSHL, Thornhill Rattlers of the OJHL, and Springfield Spirit of the NAHL. Higgins received his bachelor’s degree in Strength and Conditioning from the University of Findlay and his master’s degree from Weber State in Athletic Training and is a certified strength coach.
Marcello Martinelli, Strength and Conditioning Coordinator
Marcello Martinelli returns for his second season as strength and conditioning coordinator for the Barracuda after spending the previous three seasons 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.
Adam Dexter, Head Equipment Manager
Adam Dexter enters his second season as head equipment manager for the Barracuda. He spent the previous four seasons with the Orlando Solar Bears of the ECHL.
Dexter began his career as head equipment manager with the University of Alaska, Anchorage men’s ice hockey team from 2003-2005. He then spent five years as assistant equipment manager with stints in the ECHL and Central Hockey League prior to joining the Adirondack Phantoms, the then Philadelphia Flyers AHL affiliate.
Dexter hails from Anchorage, Alaska and has over 800 games of pro experience including a stint with the Philadelphia Flyers organization. The bachelor enjoys the outdoors, fly-fishing, golf, and spends his off-season at his cabin in Alaska.
Mike Murphy, Assistant Equipment Manager
Mike Murphy begins his first season as assistant equipment manager of the San Jose Barracuda. Murphy spent the previous season with the Macon Mayhem of the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL).
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.
Marley Sommer, Locker Room Attendant
Marley “Moe” Sommer returns for his third season as the locker room attendant for the San Jose Barracuda after spending the last several years with the San Jose Barracuda/Worcester Sharks equipment staff in various capacities. Sommer has also assisted the equipment staff for the Shrewsbury, MA High School men’s hockey and football teams.
Sommer, a 26-year-old native of Minot, ND has sung the national anthem prior to a Worcester Sharks game and enjoys watching all sports while eating gummy bears.
Anthony Abene M.D., Team Doctor
Dr. Abene is a board certified orthopaedic surgeon with a Certificate of Added Qualifications (CAQ) in Sports Medicine. He graduated with honors from Georgetown University School of Medicine. He then completed a residency in orthopaedic surgery at the University of Pennsylvania and Children's Hospital of Philadelphia.
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.