San Jose Sharks
San Jose Sharks
Antti Niemi
POSITION: Goaltender
HEIGHT: 6' 2"
BIRTHDATE: 08/29/1983
AGE: 31
DRAFTED: undrafted

2011-12: T-5th in the League in shutouts (6) and 9th in wins (34)…Had a 22-save shutout vs. Dallas on March 31…Earned a 1-0 shutout with 26 saves on Feb. 28 vs. Philadelphia…Missed Feb. 2 game due to injury…Posted back-to-back shutouts on Jan. 24 at Calgary and Jan. 31 vs. Columbus, his third and fourth shutouts of the year…Earned second shutout of the season with 24 saves at Winnipeg on Jan. 12…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…Made 40 saves vs. Detroit on Nov. 17 for the victory…Stopped 37 shots for the win at Boston on Oct. 22…Earned first win of the season, and stopped two out of three shooters in the shootout, on Oct. 21 at New Jersey…Missed the first game due to injury (lower body, 10/8)...Playoffs: Had a 2.45 goals against average in five games.

CAREER 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 league-high 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 23 shots 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 a Stanley Cup…Among playoff goaltenders: second in shutouts, fifth in save percentage (.910) and sixth 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. He stopped five shots in 21:36...Made his first career start on March 1 vs. Los Angeles and stopped 22 shots for his first NHL win...AHL: 10th in the league in goals-against average...Second 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 third in wins.

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

2005-06: T-1st amongst rookie goalies in wins and first 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...thinks Douglas Murray should go on Dancing With The Stars (“he would love it”)...would be a zamboni driver if he was not playing in the NHL.