Thomas Greiss
POSITION: Goaltender
HEIGHT: 6' 1"
BIRTHDATE: 01/29/1986
AGE: 30
DRAFTED: SJS: 2004-94 overall

2011-12: Earned first win in Sharks history when entering a game to start a third period or later while trailing on April 7 vs. Los Angeles…Relieved Niemi at 13:45 of the third period on March 19 vs. Anaheim, making 13 saves…Set a single-season career-high in wins with his 8th on Feb. 13 vs. Washington…Made his first start since Dec. 3 on Jan. 5 and allowed one goal in a 2-1 win vs. Columbus…Earned the longest relief win ever since the NHL adapted the regular season overtime format in 1983-84 with his 29-save effort in a 62-minute, 56-second relief appearance on Nov. 3 vs. Pittsburgh. He also stopped all three attempts in the shootout…Stopped 35 shots in earning an overtime victory on Oct. 29 at NY Islanders…Stopped 22 of 23 shots on Oct. 15 at Anaheim…Won his first career opening night start with 26 saves vs. Phoenix on Oct. 8.

CAREER 2010-11: Transferred to Brynas (Swedish Elite League) on Oct. 21…11th in the league in save percentage and 13th in goals-against average…T-6th in the SEL in shutouts...Stopped 28 shots to earn the shutout on Dec. 9 vs. Timra…Made 15 saves for the win over former Sharks goaltender Vesa Toskala and AIK on Nov. 29…Recorded first shutout of the season (37 saves) Nov. 23 vs. HV71…Won first game of season while making 20 saves Oct. 30 vs. Lulea…Made 26 saves Oct. 28 vs. AIK.

2009-10: Posted a .912 save percentage in his first full National Hockey League season…Over his last seven starts, was 5-2-1 with a 2.24 goals-against average (18 GA/483 MIN) and a .930 save percentage (239 saves/257 shots)…Stopped a career-high 42 shots in a win vs. Colorado on March 28…Appeared in his first NHL shootout and stopped all six shooters on Dec. 31 at Phoenix…Made his home debut and stopped 23 shots in victory on Nov. 10 vs. Nashville…Made his first start of the season on Oct. 25 at Philadelphia, his first since Feb. 20, 2008 at New Jersey…Made season debut on Oct. 6 at Los Angeles, relieving Evgeni Nabokov, and suffered the loss by giving up one goal on nine shots…Playoffs: Appeared in first career postseason game and stopped 26 shots in two periods of WCSF Game 2…Olympics: Represented Germany in the 2010 Olympic Games.

2008-09: Set a Worcester (AHL) franchise record for consecutive starts (16, March 13–April 11)…Fifth in AHL in wins and T-15th in goals-against average...Set career highs in minutes played and appearances…Recorded his first career shutout on April 11 vs. Providence with 23 saves…Up with San Jose twice, but didn’t appear in a game…AHL Playoffs: Posted a .912 save percentage in 12 games.

2007-08: Split season between San Jose and Worcester…Made second NHL start in a 3-2 loss at New Jersey on Feb. 20…Recalled to San Jose on Feb. 18 and relieved an injured Nabokov in the second period at the New York Islanders later that day and stopped one shot in 9:36…Made 25 saves in his NHL debut, a 4-3 overtime loss at Anaheim on Jan. 13…Recalled from Worcester on Nov. 19.

2006-07: Earned CCM/Vector AHL Player of the Week honors for the week ending March 25…Appeared in three games with Fresno (ECHL)…Made his North American pro debut on Oct. 13 at Providence.

2005-06: Finished third in the DEL (Germany) in save percentage (.926) and ranked sixth in goals-against average…Olympics: Started for Team Germany on Feb. 16 in a 5-1 loss to Team Canada.

2004-05: Had team’s lowest goals-against average…Playoffs: Team lost in seven games in first round to ERC Ingolstadt…Other: Played three games with Team Germany at 2005 World Jr. Championships.

2003-04: Played for Team Germany in the Under-20 (Group A) and Under-18 World Championships.

PERSONAL: “Moof”, “Fatty” or “Greasy” lists these favorites: Pizza (food); Raisins (food refuses to eat); Mountain Biking (sport besides hockey); 2010 Olympics (hockey moment); Vancouver (road city); Detroit Red Wings (non-Sharks jersey); Slap Shot (hockey movie); Family Guy (TV show); Jerry Seinfeld (actor); Coldplay (musicians)…He would be a mountain bike mechanic if he was not a professional hockey player…The biggest influence on his hockey career was his parents…equipment he pays the most attention to is his skates…Feels that Pavel Datsyuk is the most exciting player to watch in the NHL…Would like to add no-touch icing as a rule…Thinks that Joe Thornton is the funniest teammate…Brent Burns is the worst dress teammate while Douglas Murray is the best…Feels that Ryane Clowe is the most in-shape teammate…Best thing about his hometown of Rasshaupten Germany is that it is peaceful and quiet.