Barracuda announces coaching changes; legend Sommer replaced by McCarthy

SAN JOSE, CA – NOVEMBER 30: San Jose Barracuda head coach Roy Sommer speaks to the media after a practice session at Solar4Amercia Ice on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021, in San Jose, Calif. (Aric Crabb/Bay Area News Group)

SAN JOSE — Roy Sommer’s historic 24-year tenure as coach of the Sharks’ AHL affiliate has come to an end.

Coming off its worst season in seven years, the Barracuda announced major changes to its coaching staff Tuesday, with John McCarthy becoming the team’s head coach and Sommer, 65, stepping into a role as a senior advisor, assisting with “various scouting and player development efforts in the AHL,” per a news release.

McCarthy, 35, has spent the last two seasons as a development coach for the Barracuda after serving as an assistant coach for part of the 2019-20 season following his retirement as a player for medical reasons.

“John McCarthy is a natural fit as the next head coach of the San Jose Barracuda,” Sharks interim general manager Joe Will said in a statement. “His leadership skills and professionalism, matched with his hockey IQ, have allowed him to succeed throughout his long and distinguished career with the Sharks and Barracuda. These traits … will be a great asset for our developing players.”

Also, Jimmy Bonneau and Michael Chiasson are both no longer Barracuda assistant coaches, as Bonneau was reassigned to his former role as a professional scout for the team and Chiasson…

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