Fred 'Bun' Cook has some company atop the AHL’s coaching wins list.
Roy Sommer tied Cook with 636 career AHL victories when his San Jose Barracuda defeated the San Antonio Rampage 4-3 on Saturday.
Sommer, a former minor-league center, is in his 18th season as an AHL bench boss. All have been spent with the San Jose Sharks organization, who hired him on May 28, 1998. He previously led the Kentucky Thoroughblades, Cleveland Barons and Worcester Sharks before the team moved to San Jose in time for the 2015-16 season.
Sommer needed 1,385 games to tie Cook, who required 1,171 to reach the same win total.
“It’s a big accomplishment,” Sommer, 58, told Sports Illustrated days before tying the record. “You know, I was talking to my wife about it. She said someone tweeted ‘he’s got the most losses, too.’ But when you look at it, Babe Ruth had seven hundred-something home runs and 1,400 strikeouts. When you put it in perspective, it’s hard to win games. To win 636 of them, you have to look at it as if it’s pretty good.”
Sommer can pass Cook on Friday when the Barracuda take on the Ontario Reign, affiliate of the Los Angeles Kings.
Former Atlanta Thrashers coach John Anderson is next on the active list with 412 wins, putting him fifth overall. Anderson runs the bench of the Chicago Wolves, whose NHL parent club is the St. Louis Blues.