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Antti Niemi Named Player of the Year

Niemi Takes Top Sharks Award In First Season In San Jose

Saturday, 04.9.2011 / 5:50 PM PT / 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 y - ANA 79 50 22 7 232 217 107
2 x - NSH 78 47 22 9 224 193 103
3 STL 76 46 23 7 229 190 99
4 CHI 76 46 24 6 217 176 98
5 MIN 76 44 25 7 219 186 95
6 VAN 77 45 27 5 224 208 95
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 77 39 26 12 217 204 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 SJS 77 38 30 9 217 216 85
11 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
12 COL 77 35 30 12 207 218 82
13 EDM 77 23 41 13 186 260 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 77 36 32 11 68
L. Couture 77 26 38 -2 64
J. Thornton 73 14 48 -4 62
B. Burns 77 16 42 -4 58
P. Marleau 77 18 36 -16 54
T. Wingels 70 15 20 -4 35
T. Hertl 77 12 17 -1 29
M. Nieto 67 8 17 -10 25
M. Karlsson 48 13 10 -1 23
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 29 22 7 .914 2.62
A. Stalock 8 7 2 .907 2.47
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