Hockey teams are often named after intimidating natural phenomena, such as the Tampa Bay Lightning, the Colorado Avalanche, and the Tuscaloosa Puberty. Experience the fury with this GrouponLive deal to see a Worcester Sharks hockey game at DCU Center. For $23, you get two tickets for lower-level seating, marked in gold on the seating chart (up to a $54 value). Groupon customers will receive the best seating available at the time of redemption. This Groupon is valid at any of the following games:
- Against the Portland Pirates on Friday, March 30, at 7:30 p.m.
- Against the Albany Devils on Wednesday, April 4, at 7 p.m.
- Against the Manchester Monarchs on Tuesday, April 10, at 7 p.m.
- Against the St. John's IceCaps on Friday, April 13, at 7:30 p.m.
As the AHL affiliate of the San Jose Sharks, the Worcester Sharks swarm onto the DCU Center ice during four crucial late-season bouts with a playoff berth on the line. Head coach Roy Sommer—the AHL's longest-tenured coach—has led his squad of puck chuckers to a 26–23–4–7 record through 60 games, including 13 victories at home largely due to the visiting team's bench being suspended above an actual shark tank. Offensively, wingman John McCarthy dips, dekes, and dodges defenders, racking up a team-leading 15 goals this season. In between delivering powerful checks and misaddressed postcards to opposing players, All-Star defenseman Matt Irwin has collected 25 assists, and goalie Tyson Sexsmith does his best wall impression as one of the league's stingiest netminders.
Sharks fans absorb all the hard-hitting action from lower-level seats, which place game-goers close enough to the rink to hear skidding skates and read alternate plays scribbled up and down the captain's stick. Amid swirling throngs of teal-and-black jerseys, team mascot FINZ waltzes around, dishing out high-fives and tales of the days when pucks were nothing more than shriveled biscuits.
In 2006, the NHL's San Jose Sharks moved their eponymous AHL affiliate to Worcester. During their brief time in Central Massachusetts the Sharks have helped foster some of the game's best talent, highlighted by Stanley Cup champions and first-round draft picks. Nearly 40 players, including Claude Lemieux and Thomas Greiss, have donned the Worcester sweater before getting the call to clean out their lockers and playoff beards and head to San Jose. The team has even been represented on an international stage, as several former Sharks competed during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver.