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San Jose Barracuda Tickets
League: American Hockey League
Location: San Jose, Calif.
Venue: SAP Center
San Jose Barracuda TicketsThe San Jose Barracuda is the main minor league affiliate of its owner and operator, the San Jose Sharks. The roster is comprised of prospects, developmental projects and veterans either signed directly with the Barracuda or under contract with the Sharks. Before the franchise had arrived in San Jose, it was originally known as the Kansas City Blades of the IHL between 1991 and 1996. The Blades 1991 championship is still the only league title in franchise history. After departing Kansas City, the franchise became the Kentucky Thoroughblades, then the Cleveland Barons and finally the Worcester Sharks. In 2015, the AHL announced that it would relocate Worcester and several other franchises to California for a newly created Pacific Division. Led by head coach Roy Sommer, San Jose had its best ever finish in 2017 with a Pacific Division win and a berth in the conference finals, where it lost to the eventual champions Grand Rapids Griffins in five games. The team also made the postseason in 2016, 2018 and 2019. Fans can purchase San Jose Barracuda tickets at StubHub.
Who are some of the top players in Barracuda history?San Jose has had several notable performances in its young history. John McCarthy is the current all-time team leader in goals (58), assists (76) and total points (134). Goalie Troy Grosenick also set the single-season record at 30 wins and 2.04 goals-against average. Several Sharks players, including Timo Meier, Tomas Hertl, Logan Couture, Kevin Labanc, Marc-Edouard Vlasic, Marcus Sorensen, Dylan Gambrell and Melker Karlsson, have all spent at least some time with the Barracuda or one of its previous incarnations. The AHL is a major source of NHL talent. Around 90 percent of all NHL players have spent some time in the AHL.
Does the San Jose Barracuda have any rivals?The San Jose Barracuda and Stockton Heat share a natural geographical rivalry in northern California. They meet up to 12 times every year in the regular season. They also met once in the 2017 playoffs, which was won by San Jose in five games.
How did the San Jose Barracuda finish last season?San Jose finished second in the Pacific Division with 85 points and a 39-22-3-4 record. In the first round of the playoffs, San Jose lost a tough four-game series to the San Diego Gulls. San Diego got off to a fast start with a 6-5 victory over the Barracuda in game one. San Jose came back to take game two 5-3, but San Diego won the next two games 4-2 and 5-2 to clinch the series victory.
When does the San Jose Barracuda regular season take place?San Jose’s 2019 to 2020 regular season takes place between Oct. 4 and April 11. The schedule is dominated by divisional foes such as the Stockton Heat, Ontario Reign, Tucson Roadrunners, Bakersfield Condors, San Diego Gulls and Colorado Eagles. The team also plays non-divisional games against the Iowa Wild several times. If San Jose finishes in the top four of the division, then it will advance to the AHL playoffs beginning on the week of April 13.
Who is the head coach of the San Jose Barracuda?Jimmy Bonneau and Michael Chiasson are currently splitting time on the bench after Roy Sommer was called up as an assistant coach with the Sharks. Bonneau had previously spent two seasons as a professional scout for the Sharks while Chiasson spent one season as an amateur scout.
How large is the venue?The SAP Center is the official home of both the San Jose Sharks and the Barracuda. Although the arena can normally fit more than 17,000 for hockey games, the seating capacity is reduced to 6,123 for all Barracuda home games. The arena has accessible parking, drop-off locations, ADA-compliant seating, assistive listening devices and mobility assistance.
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