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San Jose competed in their first preseason game last night, beating the Vancouver Canucks 3-2. Following that game, today the Sharks assigned 11 players from their training camp roster to report to the Worcester Sharks in the AHL. These players will compete for a spot on Worcester’s roster as San Jose continues to get down to their 23 man roster before their first game.

Of the players assigned to attend camp in Worcester, there are 7 forwards, 3 defenseman, and a goaltender. Dylan DeMelo, a 2011 draft pick, was the only player reassigned to Worcester that dressed for San Jose’s first preseason game. He will be playing in his first full professional season this year. DeMelo, a defenseman, got into a few games with Worcester at the end of the 2012-2013 season along with forwards Chris Crane and Riley Brace, who were also reassigned. Defensemen Konrad Abeltshauser and Kyle Bigos and goaltender JP Anderson will be hoping to get into their first professional game this season.

Also among those reassigned  are 5 players who have already played at least one season in Worcester, some of whom have become fan favorites. Forwards Jimmy Bonneau, James Livingston, Travis Oleksuk, Sebastian Stalberg, and Marek Viedensky will all report for the start of camp in Worcester.

Worcester will be opening their camp on Monday, September 23rd. San Jose continues their preseason schedule on Friday, September 21st and will likely be making at least one more cut before Worcester opens camp.

A New England girl, born and raised, Jessica Higham has grown up loving few things more than hockey. Although she has never considered herself to be a good skater, she fell in love with hockey back when boys still had cooties and that love has only grown since. She genuinely wishes she had been alive to enjoy ‘Miracle on Ice’ and considers it to be one of the greatest moments in US history. Nothing compares to the feeling of September coming and signaling the start of a new season, complete with a whole new set of ups and downs. After having been an avid reader and occasional writer, Jessica wanted to try putting the two loves together and writing about hockey. Aside from hockey, Jessica also loves music, going to concerts, animals, and walking on the beach. Email: jessica@thepinkpuck.com @JessicaHigham

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