The San Jose Sharks announced that goaltenders Evgeni Nabokov
and Vesa Toskala
were selected as the Seagate Technology “Sharks Players of the Month” for November, while center Joe Thornton
(pictured) was selected for December.
Nabokov and Toskala are in the hunt for the William M. Jennings Trophy awarded to the goaltenders for the team with the lowest goals-against average. Through 42 games played, the two netminders have combined to post a 2.38 GAA (5th, NHL) and a .912 save percentage (6th, NHL).
Toskala posted a 7-1 record in eight appearances, along with a 1.80 goals-against average and a .939 save percentage during November. The native of Tampere, Finland posted a shutout on Nov. 28 at St. Louis and also played a perfect 40 minutes in relief of the injured Nabokov in a 2-1 win at Phoenix on Nov. 11.
Nabokov earned a 4-2 mark in seven appearances, along with a 2.06 goals-against average and a .929 save percentage. The Sharks all-time franchise goaltending leader in games played and wins added his 30th career shutout (also a franchise record) on Nov. 25 against the New Jersey Devils.
Nabokov previously won the award five times: Oct. 2000, Dec. 2000, Nov. 2001, Feb. 2002, and Dec. 2003. Toskala is a previous three-time winner: Nov. 2003, Feb. 2006 and March 2006, when he became the first player in franchise history to earn the award in consecutive months.
Thornton appeared in all 14 games for the Sharks leading the team with 19 points (4-15=19). The six-foot-three, 235-pound native of London, Ontario posted six multiple point games during the month. He currently leads the League in power play assists (30) and power play points (3-30=33).
This marks the third time that Thornton has earned the honor (December 2005, April 2006). Last season, Thornton was the recipient of the Art Ross Trophy as the NHL’s leading scorer and the Hart Memorial Trophy, as the NHL’s most valuable player. He was also named the Seagate Technology “Sharks Player of the Year.”
Established in the 1996-97 season, the Seagate Technology “Sharks Player of the Month” program honors the Sharks player(s) who have contributed most to the team’s success each month. Seagate Technology will donate $2,500 on behalf of the player(s) to The Sharks Foundation. In addition, one player will be selected as the Seagate Technology “Sharks Player of the Year” at the conclusion of the season and Seagate Technology will donate $5,000 on his behalf to The Sharks Foundation. Seagate Technology has donated more than $220,000 to The Sharks Foundation since the program's inception.
“Seagate has made social responsibility one of the values that forms the foundation of our business and we take pride in the thousands of Seagate employees who convert our social responsibility beliefs into action,” said Bill Watkins, CEO, Seagate Technology. “The more than 2,000 Bay Area employees of Seagate understand and appreciate the commitment of like-minded organizations such as The Sharks Foundation, whose programming platform touches lives throughout Santa Clara and Santa Cruz counties. As a long-time partner of the team, we are proud to continue our support as they continue to offer timely and meaningful solutions for those in need.”
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PREVIOUS WINNERS OF THE SEAGATE TECHNOLOGY “SHARKS PLAYER OF THE MONTH” AWARD
|1997-98 || ||2001-02 || |
|October 1997 ||Bill Houlder ||October 2001 ||Vincent Damphousse |
|November 1997 ||Marco Sturm ||November 2001 ||Evgeni Nabokov |
|December 1997 ||Mike Vernon ||December 2001 ||Mike Ricci |
|January 1998 ||Mike Rathje ||January 2002 ||Brad Stuart |
|February 1998 ||None – Olympics ||February 2002 ||Evgeni Nabokov |
|March 1998 ||Jeff Friesen ||March 2002 ||Scott Thornton |
| || || || |
|1998-99 || ||2002-03 || |
|October 1998 ||Marco Sturm ||October 2002 ||Vincent Damphousse |
|November 1998 ||Jeff Friesen ||November 2002 ||Patrick Marleau |
|December 1998 ||Mike Ricci ||December 2002 ||Teemu Selanne |
|January 1999 ||Owen Nolan ||January 2003 ||Owen Nolan |
|February 1999 ||Mike Vernon ||February 2003 ||Scott Hannan |
|March 1999 ||Steve Shields || || |
| || ||2003-04 || |
|1999-00 || ||October 2003 ||Scott Hannan |
|October 1999 ||Owen Nolan, ||November 2003 ||Vesa Toskala |
| ||Steve Shields ||December 2003 ||Patrick Marleau, |
|November 1999 ||Vincent Damphousse || ||Evgeni Nabokov |
|December 1999 ||Owen Nolan ||January 2004 ||Mike Rathje |
|January 2000 ||Mike Ricci ||February 2004 ||Marco Sturm |
|February 2000 ||Brad Stuart ||March 2004 ||Jonathan Cheechoo |
|March 2000 ||Vincent Damphousse || || |
| || ||2005-06 || |
|2000-01 || ||October 2005 ||Kyle McLaren |
|October 2000 ||Evgeni Nabokov ||November 2005 ||Patrick Marleau |
|November 2000 ||Vincent Damphousse ||December 2005 ||Joe Thornton |
|December 2000 ||Evgeni Nabokov ||January 2006 ||Jonathan Cheechoo |
|January 2001 ||Owen Nolan ||February 2006 ||Vesa Toskala |
|February 2001 ||Niklas Sundstrom ||March 2006 ||Vesa Toskala |
|March 2001 ||Mike Ricci ||April 2006 ||Joe Thornton |
| || || || |
| || ||2006-07 || |
| || ||October 2006 ||Milan Michalek |
| || ||November 2006 ||Evgeni Nabokov, |
| || || ||Vesa Toskala |
| || ||December 2006 ||Joe Thornton |