The Worcester Railers play in the ECHL league, one of two minor leagues affiliated with the National Hockey League. Owned by Cliff Rucker of Worcester Pro Hockey, LLC, the team is coached by Jamie Russell. Russell previously coached the Elmira Jackals and Michigan Tech hockey teams. He played collegiately for Michigan Tech and went on to play for the ECHL, the AHL and a few teams in Europe. The Railers started competing in the fall of 2017. In a way, they took the place of the Worcester Sharks, the AHL team that was based in Worcester from 2006 to 2015. The Sharks relocated to San Jose and got renamed the San Jose Barracuda. The Worcester Railers are affiliated with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers and the New York Islanders. They play their home games at the DCU Center in Downtown Worcester. The center opened in 1982 and has gone through several renovations, the latest of which took place in 2013. The seating capacity during hockey games is 12,239. Grab your Worcester Railers tickets at StubHub.
Strong Right Out of the Gate
The Railers had a winning debut season. In 72 games, they posted a record of 37-27-0-4-4 and made it to the playoffs, falling to the Adirondack Thunder two games to four. Barry Almeida is one of the premier players on the team. He formerly played on two NCAA championship teams at Boston College, and his former professional teams include the Hershey Bears, HC Gherdeina and Coventry Blaze. In his first regular season with the Railers, he scored 22 goals and racked up 39 assists for a total of 61 points in the 68 games in which he played. Defenders include Mike Cornell and Connor Doherty, and Mitch Gillam protects the goal.Back to Top
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