In March, Roy Sommer broke the record for most games coached in the American Hockey League. (He now has 1,344, all with the San Jose Sharks’ top affiliate.) He is 20 victories from becoming the A.H.L.’s career leader, passing the Hockey Hall of Famer Bun Cook, who had 636 from 1940 to 1956.
That many victories in the N.H.L. would put Sommer in the career top 10, ahead of the likes of Jacques Lemaire, Darryl Sutter and Toe Blake. But over nearly 20 years, Sommer has been passed by each time the Sharks have changed head coaches. This year, when Todd McLellan left and Peter DeBoer was hired, Sommer was not interviewed.Sommer does not complain, but he does wonder.