Sommer hits milestone in Sharks win

The Worcester Sharks’ Roy Sommer has become just the fourth head coach in American Hockey League history to reach 400 wins for his career. He did so after the Worcester Sharks defeated the Springfield Falcons 4-1 at the DCU Center in Worcester, Mass., on Sunday afternoon.

Currently in his 12th AHL season, Sommer currently owns a career record of 400-417-74. He joins Fred “Bun” Cook (636-413-122), Frank Mathers (610-512-134) and John Paddock (585-424-98) as the only four head coaches in AHL history to achieve 400 wins.

Sommer, 52, has coached the San Jose Sharks’ top development team in the AHL since 1998, when he took over the Kentucky Thoroughblades. After three seasons in Lexington, which included two division titles, Sommer followed the affiliate to Cleveland, where he guided the Barons from 2001-06. He is in his fourth year in Worcester, reaching the Calder Cup Playoffs in two of his first three seasons with the Sharks.

In addition to ranking fourth all-time in wins, Sommer sits fourth all-time in games coached with 891.

Sommer was drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1977 and played two seasons in the AHL, with the Maine Mariners from 1983-85. He was a member of the Mariners’ 1984 Calder Cup championship team.