Sommer sets career AHL wins record

02/11 1:18am EST by THB Staff
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Roy Sommer is in the American Hockey League record books.

The 58-year-old coach picked up career win No. 637 on Wednesday night when his San Jose Barracuda defeated the Ontario Reign 4-2.

Sommer is now the winningest coach in the 80-year history of the AHL.

Wednesday’s win saw Sommer pass Fred “Bun” Cook, who set the record during his 19 seasons behind the bench of the Providence Reds and Cleveland Barons from 1937 to 1956.

An Oakland, Calif. native, Sommer is in his 18th AHL season, a tenure spent entirely in the San Jose Sharks organization.

He took over as the position in May 1998 and has been behind the bench of the Kentucky Thoroughblades (1998-2001), Cleveland Barons (2001-06), Worcester Sharks (2006-15).

Sommer has coached in 1, 388 games – also a league record.

Prior to taking over as the Sharks’ AHL coach, Sommer spent the 1997-98 season as an assistant coach under Darryl Sutter in San Jose.

He played 10 seasons of pro hockey after being drafted by the Toronto Maple Leafs in 1977. Sommer scored a goal in his NHL debut with Edmonton in 1981 and won the Calder Cup with the Maine Mariners in 1984.