Antti Niemi
POSITION: Goaltender
HEIGHT: 6' 2"
BIRTHDATE: 08/29/1983
AGE: 32
DRAFTED: undrafted

2013-14: T-2nd in NHL in wins (39). 3rd in the League in minutes (3,740). Made 30 saves for the win on April 12 at Phoenix. Stopped 26 shots on April 3 vs. Los Angeles. Named NHL’s 3rd Star of the week on March 17. Set Sharks franchise record for most saves in a shutout win (41) on March 16 at NY Rangers. Recorded a 27-save shutout on March 8 vs. Montreal. Stopped 29 of 30 shots on Feb. 1 vs. Chicago. Named to Finland’s Olympic roster on Jan. 7. Made 30 saves on Dec. 29 vs. Anaheim. Stopped 36 of 37 shots on Nov. 21 vs. Tampa Bay. Named the NHL’s 3rd Star of the Month in October. Notched his second shutout of the season and the 25th of his career onOct. 26 at Montreal. Posted his first shutout of the season on Oct. 21 at Detroit. Picked up his 100th win as a Shark on Oct. 19 vs. Calgary. Recorded his second assist of the season on Oct. 17 at Dallas. Made 21 saves on 22 shots for the win on Oct. 3 vs. Vancouver. Playoffs: Posted three straight wins to start the playoffs. Stopped 28 shots, including five in overtime, to pick up the victory in Game 3 of the WCFR at Los Angeles on April 22.

2012-13: T-1st in the League in wins (24), 1st in minutes (2,581). T-2nd in games played (43), T-7th in save percentage (.924), T-6th in shutouts (4) and 11th in goals-against average (2.16). Set career highs in goals-against average and save percentage. Finished 3rd in voting for the Vezina Trophy. Selected as the Brocade “Sharks Player of the Year” and winner of the PlayStation “Three Stars of the Game” award. Posted the third-best single season goals-against average in Sharks history and the second-highest save percentage. Earned a 35-save shutout on April 15 at Phoenix. Posted a seven-game winning streak March 30 thru April 5, one game shy of tying his career-high of eight (Feb. 15, 2011 at Nashville through March 3, 2011 vs. Detroit (with San Jose). Picked up his second assist as a Shark on April 7 vs. Dallas. NHL’s Second Star of the Week from March 25 – 31. Registered back-to-back shutouts for the third time in his Sharks career on March 27 vs. Anaheim (4-0) and March 28 vs. Detroit (2-0). Earned his 100th career win on Jan. 27 vs. Vancouver. Made 31 saves in season-opening win at Calgary on Jan. 20. During the work stoppage, he played for Pelicans Lahti in Finland. Playoffs: 3rd in the League in goals-against average (1.87), 6th in save percentage (.930) and T-4th in wins (7). Set career bests in goals-against average and save percentage. Had the lowest goals-against average and the highest save percentage amongst goaltenders that did not record at least one shutout.

2011-12: T-5th in the League in shutouts (6) and 9th in wins (34). 7th in the League in minutes (3,936). Appeared in a career-high 68 games. Had a 22-save shutout vs. Dallas on March 31. Earned a 1-0 shutout with 26 saves on Feb. 28 vs. Philadelphia. Posted back-to-back shutouts on Jan. 24 at Calgary and Jan. 31 vs. Columbus, his third and fourth shutouts of the year. His 34 saves were a personal best in a shutout, and they were the most saves by a Sharks goalie in a 1-0 win in franchise history, on Nov. 23 vs. Chicago. Earned first win of the season, and stopped two out of three shooters in the shootout, on Oct. 21 at New Jersey. Playoffs: Had a 2.45 goals-against average in five games.

2010-11: Sharks Foundation “Sharks Player of the Year” and PlayStation Three Stars of the Game Award. T-9th in wins, T-6th in shutouts and T-11th in goals-against average. Started 34 consecutive games from Jan. 15-April 4, going 25-4-4 with a 2.05 goals-against average (69 GA/2,017 minutes) and a .929 save percentage (898/967), the second longest games started streak in franchise history. Signed a four-year contract extension on March 1 and won 2-1 in a shootout vs. Colorado that night. In February, named NHL Second Star of the Month and Sharks Foundation “Player of the Month”. Named NHL’s “First Star” of the week for Feb. 20, posting a 3-0-0 record with a 0.98 goals-against average and a .963 save percentage. Did not lose in regulation over 10 consecutive starts (8-0- 1) Jan. 15-Feb. 9. With his win at Chicago on Dec. 30,became just the third player in NHL history to defeat the team he won a Stanley Cup with three times the following season. Posted back-to-back shutouts Feb. 5 at Boston and Feb. 8 at Boston. Earned his first shutout as a Shark, which marked the 100th in franchise history, with 28 saves at Ottawa on Dec. 2. Made his first start as a Shark and earned a victory with a 30-save performance on Oct. 8 vs. Columbus in Stockholm. Lone assist was the first point recorded by a Shark goaltender since April 4, 2009 (86 games) vs. Anaheim by Evgeni Nabokov. Playoffs: Made 30-plus saves in five of his eight wins. Stopped 38 shots in WCSF Game 7 vs. Detroit. Made 33 saves in WCQF Game 1 overtime win vs. Los Angeles.

2009-10: Posted a .912 save percentage in his first full National Hockey League season. Led the Western Conference and ranked fourth in the NHL in goals-against average. T-3rd in the NHL in shutouts. Combined with Cristobal Huet for a leaguehigh 11 team shutouts. Had 30-or-more saves eight times. T-5th in the NHL with six shootout victories (6- 2). Posted an .812 save percentage in the shootout, best in the NHL among netminders who faced at least 16 attempts. Turned aside all 10 shootout attempts he faced at home during the season, winning all three games. Earned his first NHL shutout by stopping 23shots in a 4-0 win over Florida on Oct. 3 as part of NHL Premiere 2009 in his native Finland. Playoffs: Started all 22 games and won the Stanley Cup. Among playoff goaltenders: 2nd in shutouts, 5th in save percentage (.910) and 6th in goals-against average. His 44 saves at San Jose on May 16 marked his playoff career high for saves in regulation. Matched his career high for saves in an overtime victory vs. San Jose on May 21.

2008-09: Made his NHL debut by relieving Huet after two periods on Feb. 27 vs. Pittsburgh. Chicago trailed 4-3 after two periods and lost in overtime. Made his first career start on March 1 vs. Los Angeles and stopped 22 shots for his first NHL win.10th in the AHL in goals-against average. 2nd on team in wins and save percentage (.913). Tied for team lead in shutouts.

2007-08: Finished T-3rd in the league in shutouts and 3rd in wins.

2006-07: Among league leaders: 10th in goals-against average, T-6th in wins, 9th in save percentage (.918) and T-4th in shutouts.

2005-06: T-1st amongst rookie goalies in wins and 1st in shutouts.

PERSONAL: “Neemo” and “Rico” lists these favorites: Jason Aldean (musician); Consistency (personal quality); Pasta (food); Soccer (sport other than hockey); Kevin James (actor); South Park (TV show); Vancouver (NHL road city). Hockey idol is Arturs Irbe. Thinks Claude Giroux is most exciting player to watch in NHL. Biggest influence on his career is Janne Cesch, his goalie coach at 9 years old. Would remove the trapezoid if he could change one rule in NHL. Favorite hockey moment was winning the Stanley Cup with Chicago in 2010. Equipment he pays the most attention to is his glove. Calgary has the worst visiting team locker room. Thinks Zdeno Chara has the hardest shot in the NHL. Funniest teammate is Joe Pavelski. Jordan Henry is the best teammate he’s ever had. Would be a zamboni driver if he was not playing in the NHL.