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Sharks' new goaltender is fashion model

Armalis, who played in Swedish League, has done Versace shoots

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The San Jose Sharks may have found the future face of their franchise.

On Monday, the Sharks signed goaltender Mantas Armalis to a standard entry-level contract. Armalis, 23, is a native of Plunge, Lithuania, and played this season for Djurgardens in the Swedish Hockey League, where he was 16-13-3-2 with a 2.42 goals-against average and .918 save percentage.

But it's off the ice where Armalis may make the most impact. The 6-foot-4, 195-pounder is also a male model, and has done shoots for Versace at Milan Fashion Week. Several photos of Armalis' modeling work can be seen on his Instagram.

No less a fashion authority than Donatella Versace said: "Versace needs faces and bodies like Mantas, the strong gladiator-like build and muscular thighs."

Armalis' acumen in the crease, as opposed to creases in pants and jackets, is of more interest to the Sharks.

"Mantas had a number of NHL suitors and we are excited that he chose San Jose," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said. "We've been following his progression up the ranks in Sweden over the last few seasons and he has consistently performed at every level. He has a history of playing about his age group internationally, and we're looking forward to him joining our organization."

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