Jul 18, 2022

San Jose, California – The San Jose Barracuda (@SJBarracuda), proud American Hockey League (@TheAHL) subsidiary of the San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) and General Manager Joe goes today announced the hiring of Louis Messe (@louis_mass) and Kyle Hagel (@KyleHagel) as the team’s assistant coaches, joining the head coach by John McCarthy Personal.

“Louis and Kyle come from the WHL as highly respected coaches,” Will said. “They both have excellent communication skills and the ability to teach the game. We think they will both be great additions to John’s staff, and we are delighted to have them join the organization. .

“Through their experiences as coaches and as players, Louis and Kyle bring to our organization a variety of styles and backgrounds that will be very beneficial to our prospects,” McCarthy said. “They have proven their prowess as teachers and developers of young players, and we are delighted to have them join our team.”

Mass, 45, has 12 years of coaching experience between ECHL, NCAA and WHL. The Anchorage, Alaska native has spent the past four seasons with the Everett Silvertips, where he served last year as an associate coach and the previous three years as an assistant. While in Everett, Mass, who worked primarily with the Defense Corps, helped the Silvertips become one of the stingiest teams in the world. Canadian Hockey League. Prior to his time in Everett, he coached for four seasons as an assistant coach at University of Alaska-Anchorage and the previous five seasons as an assistant coach with the ECHL Alaska Aces.

Mass, who was a defenseman as a player, skated four years in the USHL between the Rochester Mustangs and Lincoln Starswinning a Clark Cup with Lincoln in 1997. After the USHL, he played four seasons at Bowling Green State University before turning pro. His professional career spanned five years in the ECHL with the Pensacola Ice Pilots, Pee Dee Pride, Louisiana IceGators and Alaska, winning a Kelly Cup in 2006 with the Aces. In 312 ECHL games, he had 51 points (nine goals, 42 assists), 452 penalty minutes and a plus-17 differential.

Hagel, 37, has spent the past five seasons as an assistant coach with the Seattle Thunderbirds of the WHL after a nine-year professional career between the ECHL and the AHL. Hagel, who played mostly on the left as a player, spent four years at Princeton before starting his professional career. During his nine seasons as a professional, he spent time with the AHL Rockford IceHogsPeoria Rivermen, Hamilton Bulldogs, Portland Pirates and Ladies Charlotte, amassing 43 points (15 goals, 28 assists) and 1,001 penalty minutes in 373 games. In the ECHL, he played 80 games between the Fresno Falcons, royal reading and Las Vegas Wranglers, totaling 28 points (14 goals, 14 goals).

The Hamilton, Ont., native won the 2015 Yanick Dupré Memorial Awardwhich is awarded annually to the AHL’s Man of the Year for service to his local community.

About the Barracuda

In 2022-23, the Barracudas will enter their eighth season in San Jose, following the American Hockey League’s creation of a Pacific Division of the AHL, now made up of 10 teams – all of which serve as primary developmental affiliations. for National Hockey League Teams: San Jose (the Sharks), Abbotsford (Vancouver Canucks), Bakerfield (Edmonton Oilers), Calgary (flames), Coachella Valley (Seattle Kraken), Colorado (Colorado avalanche), Ontario (Los Angeles Kings), San Diego (Anaheim Ducks) and Tucson (Arizona Coyotes).

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