On Thursday morning Daniil Tarasov got the call he has been waiting for for three years. Tarasov is packing his bags and making the cross country flight from Worcester, Massachusetts to San Jose, California to join the San Jose Sharks of the NHL. Tarasov has been a solid performer for the Worcester Sharks in the American Hockey League for the past three seasons. This season he has scored 10 goals 15 assists for 25 points in just 41 games played.
In 2009-10 Daniil Tarasov played for head coach Dan Hodge as a member of the Cape Cod Cubs. Tarasov was hands down the best player on the team and in the league for that matter. He netted a staggering five goals in the championship game ensuring the Cape of its first of two consecutive playoff championships. Hodge knew from the first time he saw Tarasov on the ice that he had what it took to play the game at a high level. "Daniil is such a special player and his time here was great for me as a coach. He dominated every game he played, when he was here it was a man against boys. He shoots the puck a ton, has a mean streak, and he loves to win." Hodge continues "I am so happy that he has this opportunity to play in the NHL, you could see it in his eyes back then that this was his destiny as a hockey player."