John McCarthy, assistant coach with Sharks affiliate, lauded for leadership, dedication

The San Jose Barracuda, a San Jose Sharks affiliate, announced Thursday that assistant coach John McCarthy has been awarded the Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award for exemplifying sportsmanship, determination and dedication to hockey.

“It is an honor to win the Fred T. Hunt Memorial Award,” said McCarthy, who thanked his teammates and coaches that voted him the award, as well as “the Sharks organization for giving me the opportunity to play the game that I love for as long as I did.”

McCarthy’s playing career — he was a member of the Sharks for part of five seasons from 2009-2016 — McCarthy was the Barracuda’s captain until his career ended with shocking swiftness after he suffered an ischemic stroke in December. He fully recovered but decided to retire as an active player and become an assistant coach working with Sharks’ top prospects.

“It’s not something you can prepare for or see coming so I took some time,” McCarthy 33, said in a release after his stroke. “I spoke to some people whose opinions I value and, although it’s not out of the question that I could return after an extended period of time, I think it’s a good time for me to step away from playing.”

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“John’s ‘lead by example’ as a person and player has positively impacted many players in the Sharks organization,” Barracudas general manager Joe Will said.” John epitomizes the qualities of this award and he has forged his legacy in the Sharks organization as a leader.”

McCarthy had three goals and three assists with the Sharks. He played 577 games in the American Hockey Association, scoring 130 goals and 167 assists. He’s the Barracuda’s all-time leader with 275 games. He was a member of the 2018 United States Olympic men’s hockey team. In college he co-captained Boston University to an NCAA championship in 2009.

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Source:: The Mercury News – Sports


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