Alex Stalock Nominated for Masterton Trophy

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Alex Stalock Nominated for Masterton Trophy
The San Jose chapter of the PHWA announced that Alex Stalock has been selected as its 2014 nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy.

SAN JOSE - The San Jose chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers' Association announced today that San Jose Sharks goaltender Alex Stalock has been selected as its 2014 nominee for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy. The Masterton Trophy is awarded each season under the trusteeship of the PHWA to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

Alex Stalock
Goalie  - SJS
Record: 11-5-2
GAA: 1.91 | Sv%: .930

The 26-year old Stalock suffered a potentially career-threatening knee injury on February 4, 2011 playing with the Worcester Sharks against the Manchester Monarchs during an American Hockey League (AHL) game. The injury, which required two rounds of surgery and a long rehabilitation process to learn how to walk properly again, caused Stalock to miss almost 12 months of action until he played in another hockey game.

Stalock returned to the ice on Jan. 21, 2012 with the Stockton Thunder, San Jose's ECHL affiliate at the time. Stalock posted a 5-1-0 record as well as a 2.83 GAA and .914 SV% in six games for Stockton before being reassigned to the AHL.

Following his stint in Stockton, Stalock split time between Worcester and the Peoria Rivermen (AHL). He played in five AHL games before falling victim to another season-ending injury-this time, a broken finger sustained in warmups on April 5, 2012 before a game with the Texas Stars.

A summer of rehabilitation and strength-building in his knee followed however, eventually leading to a successful 2012-13 campaign. Stalock posted a 2.60 GAA and .912 SV% in 38 games for Worcester, earning a callup to San Jose where he made two appearances in relief.

This season, Stalock has played in 22 games for San Jose, compiling a 11-5-2 record, 1.91 GAA, .930 SV%, and two shutouts. He also set a new Sharks franchise record for longest consecutive shutout streak, posting 178:55 of scoreless play from Jan. 5 at Chicago to Jan. 27 vs. Los Angeles.

The six-foot, 190-pound native of St. Paul, Minnesota was selected in the 4th round (112th overall) by San Jose in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft.

The Masterton Trophy winner is selected from a poll of the 30 chapters of the PHWA at the end of the regular season and a $2,500 grant from the PHWA is awarded annually to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund, based in Bloomington, Minn., in the name of the winner.

The PHWA first presented the Masterton Trophy in 1968 to commemorate the late Bill Masterton, a player with the Minnesota North Stars, who exhibited to a high degree, the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Masterton died Jan. 15, 1968 following an injury suffered in a game.

Former Shark Tony Granato received the award in 1997. This year's winner will be named on June 24th at the NHL's annual awards presentation in Las Vegas

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WESTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 x - ANA 78 49 22 7 227 216 105
2 x - NSH 77 47 22 8 220 188 102
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 76 44 27 5 219 204 93
7 CGY 77 42 28 7 229 204 91
8 WPG 76 39 25 12 215 201 90
9 LAK 76 37 25 14 201 192 88
10 DAL 77 37 30 10 239 248 84
11 SJS 76 37 30 9 212 215 83
12 COL 76 35 29 12 206 213 82
13 EDM 76 23 40 13 185 255 59
14 ARI 77 23 46 8 161 256 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Pavelski 76 36 31 9 67
L. Couture 76 25 37 -4 62
J. Thornton 72 14 48 -5 62
B. Burns 76 16 40 -6 56
P. Marleau 76 17 36 -17 53
T. Wingels 69 15 20 -5 35
T. Hertl 76 12 17 -2 29
M. Nieto 66 8 16 -11 24
M. Vlasic 70 9 14 12 23
J. Braun 65 1 22 6 23
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
A. Stalock 7 7 2 .905 2.55
A. Niemi 29 22 7 .914 2.62
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