San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has recalled goaltender Nolan Schaefer from the Hershey Bears (AHL).
After being loaned to Hershey from Worcester, Schaefer has played two games, going 0-2-0 with a 4.05 goals-against average.
Schaefer also played in 16 games for Worcester this season, posting a 5-8-3 record with a 2.80 goals-against average and a .897 save percentage while splitting time with goaltenders Thomas Greiss
and Dimitri Patzold.
Schaefer posted a 5-1-0 record with the Sharks in 2005-06 with a 1.88 goals-against average and a .920 save percentage, posting five consecutive victories to begin his career with the Sharks, becoming the first netminder in franchise history to do so. He also led the Sharks to their first ever shootout victory on October 29, 2005 against the Calgary Flames
The six-foot-two, 195-pound native of Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan was selected by San Jose in the fifth round (166th overall) of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.
Schaefer was called up due to a groin injury suffered by Evgeni Nabokov that could have the former All-Star out for up to a week. Mark Smith hurt his groin as well and could end up on the injured reserved depending on the injury's severity.