Joe Will, General Manager/Alternate Governor
Joe Will begins his 10th season as assistant general manager for the San Jose Sharks and his eighth 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
After joining the Sharks’ coaching staff on Dec. 11, 2019 as an associate coach, the Oakland native returned to AHL in 2020-21, his 23rd season at the helm of the Sharks’ top affiliate, and his 25th overall within the organization. In his 23 seasons as head coach in the AHL, all within the Sharks org, Sommer has compiled a 788- 679-48-159 (W-L-T-OTL/SOL) record in the regular season and has reached the postseason 13 times, including a Conference Finals berth in 2017, the first of his career. Since the Sharks relocated their AHL affiliate to California in 2015, Sommer has guided his club to the playoffs in five of the team’s six seasons. The Barracuda are the only team in the Pacific Division to accomplish that feat.
The San Jose Sharks dressed 26 players during the 2020-21 season that developed under Sommer’s tutelage. In fact, 60 players have made their NHL debuts with the Sharks over the last 15 seasons – including current Sharks Kevin Labanc, Timo Meier, Logan Couture, Jeff Viel, Radim Simek, Joel Kellman, Dylan Gambrell and John Leonard.
In 2018-19, Sommer again worked his magic, propelling the Barracuda to their fourth-straight postseason appearance, despite being one of the AHL’s youngest teams. In addition, Sommer was named the Pacific Division’s coaching representative at the 2019 AHL All-Star Classic in Springfield, Mass. On February 1, 2019, Sommer collected his 750th AHL win when the Barracuda upended the Stockton Heat, 6-4, at Stockton Arena.
In 2017-18, Sommer became the first coach in AHL history to reach 700 wins when the Barracuda topped the Bakersfield Condors at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield, 2-1, on Dec. 3, 2017. In addition, he led one of the AHL’s youngest rosters to its fourth straight playoff appearance after an improbable six-game winning streak to end the regular season.
In 2016-17, Roy turned in arguably his best coaching performance of his illustrious career. Sommer 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 1,679 AHL games – all with the SJ Sharks AHL affiliates. In total, he has coached 2,009 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 130 players who’ve spent time in the National Hockey League, including forward Logan Couture, who was named the 2010-11 “Sharks Rookie of the Year.”
Sommer, 64, 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 son, Marley.
Jimmy Bonneau, Assistant Coach
Jimmy Bonneau enters his fourth season as an Assistant Coach for the Barracuda after taking over as a co-coach on Dec. 11, 2019, following Roy Sommers’ promotion to the Sharks. The 36-year-old previously worked as a scout for two seasons with the Sharks, covering the National Hockey League and American Hockey League Eastern Conferences, before joining the Barracuda’s coaching staff.
Bonneau, along with Michael Chiasson, guided the Barracuda through the final 33 games of the season in 2019-20, going 12-16-5, including a season-long six-game point streak (4-0-2) before the year was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Bonneau played 11 seasons with various clubs in the AHL and ECHL. For four seasons, he played with the Worcester Sharks, including a stint as an alternate captain during the 2013-14 season, scoring five goals, nine assists and 435 penalty minutes in 155 games. He finished his AHL career with 30 points (11g, 19a) and 988 penalty minutes in 350 career games.
The native of Baie-Comeau, Quebec, enjoys his summers in Montreal and Prince Edward Island.
Michael Chiasson, Assistant Coach
Michael Chiasson enters his fourth season as an Assistant Coach for the Barracuda in 2021-22. On Dec. 11, 2019, following Roy Sommers’ promotion to the Sharks, Chiasson and fellow Assistant Coach Jimmy Bonneau took over as Co-Coaches of the Barracuda, guiding the team through the final 33 games of the season, going 12-16-5, including a season-long six-game point streak (4-0-2-0) before the year was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The 30-year-old previously worked as an amateur scout with the Sharks for two seasons before joining the Barracuda’s coaching staff.
Chiasson played for Åmäl SK in Sweden’s Division 2 league during the 2015-16 season, collecting 24 points (five goals, 19 assists) in 28 games. He played collegiately at the University of Michigan, recording three goals, 13 assists, 47 penalty minutes and a plus-14 rating in 86 games while studying Sport Management. He was drafted in the 3rd round, (31st overall) by the Omaha Lancers in the USHL Futures draft; he registered 27 points (seven goals, 20 assists) in 122 games.
A native of Grosse Pointe, Michigan, his father, Steve Chiasson, played 13 seasons in the NHL with the Detroit Red Wings, Calgary Flames and Carolina Hurricanes. Michael grew up in the greater Las Vegas area and that is still where his family resides.
John McCarthy, Prospect Development Coach
2021-22 will mark John McCarthy’s second season as a Prospect Development Coach for the Sharks. predominantly working for the Barracuda. On Dec. 27, 2019, the 35-year-old made his coaching debut with the Barracuda as an assistant coach against the Stockton Heat after announcing his retirement from pro hockey earlier in the day. On Dec. 10, McCarthy 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.
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 served as Barracuda team captain from 2016-20 and also served as team captain for the Worcester Sharks for the 2012-13 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.
Dany Sabourin, Goaltending Development Coach
In 2021-22, Dany Sabourin, 41, enters his second season as Goaltending Development Coach for the Sharks, working mostly with their prospects and the Barracuda. Prior to this past year, Sabourin had been the goaltending coach for the QMJHL’s Rouyn-Noranda Huskies where he coached Sharks 2018 draft pick Zachary Emond and helped guide the Huskies to the 2019 Memorial Cup.
A 1998 fourth round pick by the Calgary Flames, Sabourin played parts of 17 professional seasons in the ECHL, AHL, NHL, EBEL (Austria) and Ligue Magnus (France), with his final year coming in 2016-17 as a member of the Rouen Dragons (France). In 2005-06, the Val-d’OR, Quebec, Canada native won the AHL’s Baz Bastien Memorial Award the league’s best goaltender.
In 57 career NHL games between Calgary, Pittsburgh, and Vancouver, Sabourin went 18-25-4 with a 2.88 goals-against average and a .898 save percentage.
Sabourin lives with his wife, Cindy, his two daughters, Coralie and Raphaelle, and his two dogs, Sushi and Maki.
Nick Gialdini, Video Coach/Manager, Hockey Operations
Nick Gialdini enters his sixth season as Video Coach and Hockey Operations Manager for the Barracuda after spending the previous three seasons assisting the Sharks scouting department in various capacities.
Gialdini, 31, 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 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. Nick resides in San Jose with his wife Melissa and their son, Joshua.
Will Leonard, Head Athletic Trainer
San Jose native Will Leonard enters his fourth season with the San Jose Barracuda in 2021-22 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 twin daughters Kelsey and Olivia.
Gianluca Scotuzzi, Assistant Athletic Trainer
San Jose native Gianluca Scotuzzi returns for his fifth season with the San Jose Barracuda in 2021-22 and his third 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.
Mike Murphy, Head Equipment Manager
Mike Murphy begins his fourth season as the Head Equipment Manager of the San Jose Barracuda after serving as the team’s Assistant Equipment Manager in 2016- 17. Prior to joining the Barracuda, Murphy spent one season as the head equipment manager for 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 Women’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.
Will Shukait, Assistant Equipment Manager
San Jose native Will Shukait, 22, returns to the Barracuda in 2021-22 for his fourth season within the organization and first officially as the team’s Assistant Equipment Manager.
Shukait played goalie within the San Jose Jr. Sharks youth program from the age of 10 until he was 17 and was even coached in his first season by Barracuda Video Coach and Operations Manager, Nick Gialdini.
Aside from working and traveling with the team, he is also a full-time student taking online courses at Arizona State University.
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.
John Germaine, Strength and Conditioning Coach
John Germaine enters his 1st season as San Jose Barracuda Strength and Conditioning Coach after spending multiple years as a Strength and Conditioning Coach for the San Jose Jr. Sharks. John has assisted San Jose Sharks Strength and conditioning coach Mike Potenza between the 2015 and 2017 seasons.
Germaine 31, joined the San Jose Sharks organization while playing for the SJSU Spartans. He spent over 10 years as a youth hockey coach and a strength and conditioning for the San Jose Jr Sharks.
Germaine, a San Jose native, graduated from San Jose State University 2017 with a Masters degree in Kinesiology with an emphasis in Exercise Physiology. While attending he played 5 seasons in the ACHA Division 2 hockey league where he appeared in the ACHA Division 2 National Championships. John resides in San Jose with his wife Kelsey and their daughter Grace.