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In Camp with the Worcester Sharks: Stalock

Wednesday, 10.03.2012 / 6:35 PM / News
By Patrick Hooper  - Digital Content Developer
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In Camp with the Worcester Sharks: Stalock

Alex Stalock possibly went from the highest moment to the lowest moment of his career in a matter of days.

Just three days after grabbing his first career NHL win in his first career appearance, Stalock was stepped on with a skate while playing with the Worcester Sharks. As news of the severity of his injury became clearer, questions about whether or not Stalock would be able to play again were asked.

Early odds did not give the goaltender much greater than a 50% chance of recovering from the injury, but luck and determination helped Stalock back to where he has now been confirmed 100% recovered.

“I can’t believe how far it’s come,” said Stalock. “I think I stepped on the ice for the very first time last training camp, last year. To where I am today, it’s pretty lucky. It’s obviously hard work and I had a great staff around me the whole time. But I feel pretty lucky to be where I am today.”

Stalock was forced to play netminder for three different teams last season while on rehab assignments. In total, 11 games were split between the Worcester Sharks, the Stockton Thunder, and the Peoria Rivermen. The constant shuffle was tough to handle, but something that Stalock is looking to gain from.

“When you go in and you’re hurt already, you’re kind of secluded from a lot of the team stuff,” said Stalock. “You show up the rink every day, but you’re not traveling with the team. You’re not in the locker room during games. You just see them before and after practice. With what happened with moving around with all of the rehab assignments was a little tough too, but it’s probably a good thing to do and get rid of when you’re younger. You go through it and see what it’s like. Then you pack up and move through it if it ever happens again in the future. I kind of used it as a learning experience."

With a stabilized mind set accompanying a healthy body, Stalock is excited about the prospects of the coming season and the chances of his squad. He mirrors any individual goals and expectations to that of the Sharks as a team.

“You set goals personally, but obviously you try to keep the team in it every night,” said Stalock. “Wins are going to come as long as you give the team a chance every single night. We’ve got great forwards up front. Our d-corps coming back is a pretty tough d-corps.”

A day before the Sharks open their preseason schedule and play an opponent other than themselves, Stalock has not removed himself from the highs and lows of the past two years. His successful debut in the NHL and his devastating injury will both serve as motivation and a strong foundation as he strives forward in his career.

“I was lucky enough to get a NHL recall at one point and it’s something, definitely after what happened, that you don’t want to take for granted,” said Stalock. “Some guys have tasted it and some guys haven’t, but once you get a feel for what it’s like, it’s pretty incredible.”

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 NSH 64 41 16 7 192 155 89
2 ANA 64 40 17 7 189 177 87
3 STL 63 40 18 5 197 159 85
4 CHI 64 38 21 5 188 152 81
5 WPG 64 32 20 12 179 172 76
6 VAN 62 36 23 3 180 167 75
7 MIN 62 33 22 7 176 161 73
8 CGY 62 33 25 4 175 160 70
9 LAK 62 29 21 12 166 162 70
10 SJS 64 31 25 8 179 181 70
11 COL 63 27 25 11 167 182 65
12 DAL 63 27 26 10 196 210 64
13 ARI 63 20 36 7 138 214 47
14 EDM 63 18 35 10 143 208 46

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 64 32 27 12 59
L. Couture 64 21 33 0 54
J. Thornton 60 12 41 -2 53
B. Burns 64 16 31 -3 47
P. Marleau 64 15 31 -16 46
T. Wingels 57 13 16 -3 29
T. Hertl 64 10 15 -1 25
J. Braun 53 1 19 3 20
M. Vlasic 59 7 12 11 19
M. Nieto 54 4 13 -10 17
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Niemi 24 17 7 .912 2.62
A. Stalock 6 7 1 .904 2.66
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