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Antti Niemi Named Player of the Year

Niemi Takes Top Sharks Award In First Season In San Jose

Saturday, 04.09.2011 / 8:50 PM / News
By San Jose Sharks Staff
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Antti Niemi Named Player of the Year
The San Jose Sharks announced today that goaltender Antti Niemi has been selected as the Sharks Foundation “Sharks Player of the Year” in a vote by the Bay Area media.

The Sharks Foundation “Sharks Player of the Year” award is given to the player contributing most to the success of the Sharks in the 2010-11 regular season. The award will be presented prior to tonight’s game against the Phoenix Coyotes at HP Pavilion at San Jose.

Entering play tonight, Niemi is tied for 10th in the League in wins (34), 12th in goals against average (2.41) and tied for fifth in shutouts (6).

Since December 1, Niemi has posted a .926 save percentage and a 2.16 goals against average. He started 34 consecutive games from Jan. 15 thru April 4, going 25-4-4 with a 2.05 goals against average and a .929 save percentage.

Niemi was named the Sharks Foundation player of the month for both January and February, the NHL’s “First Star” for the period ending Feb. 20. and the NHL’s “Second Star” for the month of February.

He was signed as a free agent by San Jose on Sept. 2, 2010 after helping lead the Chicago Blackhawks to the Stanley Cup last season, posting a 16-6 mark in 22 Stanley Cup Playoff games, a 2.63 goals-against average and a .910 save percentage along with two shutouts.

The six-foot-two, 210-pound native of Vantaa, Finland was originally signed by the Chicago Blackhawks as a free agent.

The Sharks Foundation is dedicated to meeting the educational, social and cultural needs of our community, with a focus on health, education and character development for Santa Clara County Youth. It offers unique resources and financial support to those organizations that enhance the lives of local youth.

PAST WINNERS OF THE SHARKS FOUNDATION “SHARKS PLAYER OF THE YEAR” AWARD INCLUDE:

2010-11 Antti Niemi
2009-10 Patrick Marleau
2008-09 Patrick Marleau
2007-08 Evgeni Nabokov
2006-07 Joe Thornton
2005-06 Joe Thornton
2003-04 Patrick Marleau
2002-03 Teemu Selanne
2001-02 Mike Ricci
2000-01 Evgeni Nabokov
1999-00 Owen Nolan
1998-99 Steve Shields and Mike Vernon
1997-98 Mike Vernon
1996-97 Jeff Friesen
1995-96 Jamie Baker
1994-95 Ulf Dahlen
1993-94 Arturs Irbe
1992-93 Kelly Kisio
1991-92 Jeff Hackett

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STANDINGS

WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - ANA 82 54 20 8 266 209 116
2 y - COL 82 52 22 8 250 220 112
3 x - STL 82 52 23 7 248 191 111
4 x - SJS 82 51 22 9 249 200 111
5 x - CHI 82 46 21 15 267 220 107
6 x - LAK 82 46 28 8 206 174 100
7 x - MIN 82 43 27 12 207 206 98
8 x - DAL 82 40 31 11 235 228 91
9 PHX 82 37 30 15 216 231 89
10 NSH 82 38 32 12 216 242 88
11 WPG 82 37 35 10 227 237 84
12 VAN 82 36 35 11 196 223 83
13 CGY 82 35 40 7 209 241 77
14 EDM 82 29 44 9 203 270 67

STATS

2013-2014 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 82 41 38 23 79
J. Thornton 82 11 65 20 76
P. Marleau 82 33 37 0 70
L. Couture 65 23 31 21 54
B. Burns 69 22 26 26 48
T. Wingels 77 16 22 11 38
D. Boyle 75 12 24 -8 36
J. Demers 75 5 29 14 34
T. Hertl 37 15 10 11 25
M. Nieto 66 10 14 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 12 5 2 .932 1.87
A. Niemi 39 17 7 .913 2.39
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