San Jose - San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced today that the club has signed goaltender Alex Stalock, the team’s fourth round (112th overall) selection in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft, to an NHL contract. In keeping with club policy, financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Stalock, who was named to the 2008-09 American Hockey Coaches Association/Reebok All-America West Team on April 10, spent the past three seasons playing for the University of Minnesota-Duluth. This season, the 21-year-old netminder played in 42 games with a 2.13 goals-against-average and a .924 save percentage, setting UMD single-season records in both categories while tying the school record for shutouts (five). Stalock was ranked first in the WCHA in goals-against average and 13th overall among NCAA goaltenders. He was also ranked first in the WCHA in conference save percentage (.914) and seventh in win percentage (.595).
In addition, he established a career high for wins by going 21-13-8, just the seventh time in school history the 20-victory plateau has been eclipsed. He leaves ranking first on the Bulldogs' all-time charts for goals-against average (2.48), save percentage (.910) and shutouts (nine).
Stalock helped lead his team to a 2009 WCHA Championship in March with a 4-0 win over Denver, stopping all 20 shots he faced. The Bulldogs advanced to the NCAA Tournament where they defeated Princeton 5-4 in overtime in their first round match-up, but fell to Miami University 2-1 in the West Regional Final, falling one game shy of advancing to the Frozen Four.
In 2007, as a freshman, he was selected to the WCHA All-Rookie Team.
In 2006, Stalock was invited to attend the development camp for the US World Jr. Team at Lake Placid. He was also selected as one of the goaltenders to represent the US in the Viking Cup where he posted a 2-0-0-1 record and earned an assist, leading Team USA to a third place finish.
“Alex has had great success over the last few seasons under the guidance of Head Coach Scott Sandelin and the Minnesota-Duluth hockey program,” said Wilson. “We welcome Alex to the Sharks organization and look forward to helping him further develop his skills as a professional hockey player.”