SAN FRANCISCO, California – The San Francisco Bulls Professional Hockey Team, proud affiliate of the San Jose Sharks, announced today that Thomas Heemskerk was named the Reebok Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week for November 19-25. Heemskerk has backstopped the Bulls to a season-high three consecutive victories. He is the first Bulls player to win an ECHL award in team history.
Heemskerk, 22, is in his second year of professional hockey. Over the past week, he went 3-0-0 with a 2.00 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage. He was the only goalie in the ECHL to earn three victories over the past seven days. The Chilliwack, British Columbia native made 16 saves on Wednesday in a 4-2 win over the Condors in Bakersfield. He then stopped 28 Ontario Reign shots on Friday in a 5-1 win at the Cow Palace against the Pacific Division leaders. Heemskerk finished the weekend with 34 saves in a 6-3 win at home against the Stockton Thunder. Heemskerk leads the league with 462 saves.
Assigned to the Bulls by the San Jose Sharks from the Worcester Sharks at the start of the season, Heemskerk made his professional debut last season splitting time between Worcester and Stockton. He played in four games with Worcester, going 0-1-0. With Stockton, Heemskerk was 13-12-0 with a 3.27 goals-against average and a .893 save percentage.
Prior to turning pro, Heemskerk was tied for third in the Western Hockey League (WHL) with 36 wins in 2010-11 with Moose Jaw. In five seasons in the WHL, Heemskerk went 91-58-9 with a 2.81 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage.
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