worcester-sharks

I am SO heartbroken about the Worcester Sharks leaving. I have gone to over 20+ games this season. They’re so close to me and I just am going to miss them so much.

Us, at Shark-Tank, would like to pause for something a little more serious.

On January 6th, 2011, the Sharks family lost a team mate, a friend, and family member.Thomas Garrett Cavanagh, committed suicide, after a lifelong battle with schizophrenia and depression.

Tom Cavanagh had a very brief NHL career, but holds many records throughout his hockey life. He still holds many records at his school, Harvard University, in Worcester, and holds the San Jose Sharks record for fastest first career point, an assist to a Thornton goal in Los Angeles, 37 seconds into the game.

Five years ago, the Sharks organization released him after “locker room conflict”. Many times, Tom would go off on himself, walking out of dressing room, with nothing on. He would go on to play for the Springfield, Worcester, and Manchester, all of the AHL. He’d go onto be a free agent.

In the evening of January 6th, Joe received a call from his son’s therapist, saying he didn’t show up. A familiar message came from Tom’s girlfriend. That evening, they found him at the Providence Mall parking lot, with his car on the 4th floor. He jumped.

There are many people who love Tom…who miss him, many fans he didn’t even know. And there are people out there who love you.

If you or a loved one needs help, if you feel like you’re at the end your rope, there IS light at the end of the tunnel. Please call Suicide Prevention LIFEline, at 1(800)273-8255. There are so many people out there who love you, many you take for granted.

Live your life….for Tom.
Thomas Garrett Cavanagh
(1982-2011)

Changes to the AHL:

The Anaheim Ducks will purchase the Norfolk Admirals and relocate them from Norfolk, Virginia to San Diego, California.

The Calgary Flames AHL franchise, the Adirondack Flames, will be moved to Stockton, California from Glenn Falls, New York.

The Edmonton Oilers AHL franchise, the Oklahoma City Barons, will be moved to Bakersfield, California form Oklahoma City, Oklahoma.

The Los Angeles Kings AHL franchise, the Manchester Monarchs, will be moved to Ontario California, from Manchester, New Hampshire.

The San Jose Sharks AHL franchise, the Worcester Sharks, will be moved to San Jose, California from Worcester, Massachusetts. 

The following new AHL teams will form the new Pacific Division and new names for the franchises (if there are any) will be announced in the coming weeks.

One year ago today, Tom Cavanagh, a center who had played for the Harvard Crimson Tide, Cleveland Barons, Worcester Sharks, San Jose Sharks, Manchester Monarchs and Springfield Falcons was found dead in an apparent suicide.

At the time, Tom’s father, an attorney, released the following statement:

"Our son, Tom, was a young man who bravely fought the demons of mental illness for many years. This private struggle far surpassed his public athletic accomplishments. Our family will celebrate and always remember his beautiful but short life."

Harvard Hockey coach Ted Donato described Cavanagh as such:

“He was one of my favorite players I have ever been around in any facet of hockey, whether playing or coaching. He was just a very unselfish, hard-working team guy who played his best in big games.”

Please take a moment or two today to remember Tom Cavanagh and the people he touched in his short life here on this earth.