September 12, 2012

Worcester Sharks promote Cunniff to associate coach

By Jesse Connolly

The San Jose Sharks announced Wednesday that David Cunniff, an assistant coach with their AHL affiliate, has been promoted to associate coach for Worcester.

The native of South Boston has been with the club for the past 10 seasons as head coach Roy Sommer’s right-hand man, including when the franchise was located in Cleveland and known as the Barons.

"David has been an integral part of our organization's success in developing players through our farm system," said Doug Wilson, general manager of the San Jose Sharks. "His knowledge and passion have had a great influence on all of our players in Worcester."

Cunniff, who primarily focuses on the team’s defensive corps, has helped the likes of Douglas Murray, Jason Demers and Justin Braun rapidly developed and reach the National Hockey League.

The 42-year-old Cunniff played college hockey at Salem State and had a five-year career in the pros, playing in the ECHL for the Raleigh Icecaps, Louisiana Ice Gators and Richmond Renegades, and in the American Hockey League for the Albany River Rats.

Worcester's season opener will take place on Oct. 12 at Norfolk. Their first home game of the season is Oct. 20 against the River Rats at the DCU Center.

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