New York Islanders goaltender Thomas Greiss
has been selected to Team Europe to compete in the 2016 World Cup of Hockey.
All eight teams playing in the tournament -- Team Canada, Team Czech Republic, Team Finland, Team Russia, Team Sweden, Team USA, Team Europe and Team North America -- announced their remaining roster additions today. Each of the eight teams have a tournament roster consisting of 23 players: 20 skaters and three goaltenders.
Greiss appeared in a career high, 41 games last season, posting a 23-11-4 record. The 23 wins were a career best for Greiss. He had a 2.36 goals-against average and a .925 save percentage, an Islanders single season record which ranked third in the NHL. The Fussen, Germany native backstopped the Islanders to their first Stanley Cup Playoffs series victory since 1993, beating the Florida Panthers, four games to two. At the conclusion of the 2016 Stanley Cup Playoffs, Griess joined Team Germany at the World Championships. He finished the tournament with a 3-1 record.
Greiss also represented Germany at the 2006 and 2010 Winter Olympics, the 2010 World Championships and the 2004, 2005 and 2006 World Junior Championships.
The San Jose Sharks selected Greiss in the third round (94th overall) of the 2004 National Hockey League Draft. The 6’1, 220-pound netminder has also appeared in 142 American Hockey League games with the Worcester Sharks.