SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) general manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed goaltender Zachary Emond to a standard, entry-level contract.
"Zach's overall development and growth improved immensely this season, recording seven shutouts and an unprecedented 24-0-1 record," said Wilson. "He had the opportunity this season to learn under the Huskies veteran goaltender Samuel Harvey and head coach Mario Pouliot during the team's Memorial Cup run. We're excited to watch him take over the helm in the crease next year and build on his impressive performance from the previous campaign."
Emond, 18, registered a perfect regulation record of 24-0-1 during the 2018-19 regular season, including leading the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League (QMJHL) in shutouts (7), goals-against average (1.73) and save percentage (.932). He tied the league record for most shutouts in a single season and holds the longest consecutive undefeated decisions streak in regulation (25). Emond also earned 11 wins to start the regular season, which was the third longest such streak in QMJHL history, falling short of the record by one win, set twice in 2010-11 by Louis Domingue and Pierre Perusse in 1972-73. Only five goaltenders have ever reached 10 consecutive wins to start the season.
In 2018-19, he helped lead the Rouyn-Noranda Huskies to a QMJHL championship and Memorial Cup Championship. Emond also earned the Jacques Plante Trophy for best goals-against average in the QMJHL in the regular season. In his QMJHL career, Emond has appeared in 53 games over three seasons, earning a 35-13-2 record with a 2.42 GAA and .914 SV%.
The six-foot-three, 165-pound native of St-Cyprien, Quebec was originally selected by San Jose in the 2018 NHL Draft (6th round, 176th overall).