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Irwin Named Playstation 'Sharks Rookie of the Year'

Tuesday, 04.23.2013 / 10:18 PM / News
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Irwin Named Playstation \'Sharks Rookie of the Year\'

SAN JOSE, California - The San Jose Sharks announced today that defenseman Matt Irwin has been selected as this year's PlayStation® "Sharks Rookie of the Year." Irwin will be recognized in a video presentation during tonight's game against the Dallas Stars at HP Pavilion at San Jose. On behalf of Irwin, Sony Computer Entertainment America will present a check for $2,500 to the Sharks Foundation and Irwin will receive a PlayStation®3 (PS3™) system with a VIP pack of games.

Irwin, 25, has played in 35 games this season, posting 12 points (6 goals, 6 assists), which ranks third among all team defensemen and 5th in the NHL among rookie blueliners. Irwin is also tied for the League lead amongst rookie defensemen in power play goals (4) and 3rd in goals (6).

He posted a three-game goal streak from March 14-18, tying the longest in franchise history for a defenseman and had eight shots on net on March 10 at Colorado, which marked only the 10th time in Sharks history that a defenseman had eight or more shots on net in a game. He also added five shot attempts that were blocked. Irwin scored his first NHL goal on Jan. 26 vs. Colorado and registered his first career NHL point with an assist vs. Phoenix on Jan. 24.

Irwin signed a two-year contract extension with the Sharks on April 3.

The six-foot-two, 210-pound defenseman from Brentwood Bay, B.C. played two-plus seasons with the Worcester Sharks, San Jose's top development affiliate in the American Hockey League, where he was named to the 2012 AHL All-Star Team.

Irwin was originally signed by San Jose as a free agent on March 23, 2010.

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.

PREVIOUS WINNERS OF THE PLAYSTATION ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD:

2012-13 Matt Irwin

2011-12 Andrew Desjardins

2010-11 Logan Couture

2009-10 Jason Demers

2008-09 Tomas Plihal

2007-08 Torrey Mitchell

2006-07 Marc-Edouard Vlasic

2005-06 Milan Michalek

2003-04 Tom Preissing

2002-03 Jim Fahey

2001-02 Matt Bradley

2000-01 Evgeni Nabokov

1999-00 Brad Stuart

1998-99 Alexander Korolyuk

1997-98 Patrick Marleau, Marco Sturm, Andrei Zyuzin

1996-97 Stephen Guolla

1995-96 Marcus Ragnarsson

1994-95 Jeff Friesen

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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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