The San Jose Sharks announced today that forward Tomas Plihal has been selected as this year’s PlayStation “Sharks Rookie of the Year” in voting among a panel of Bay Area media.
Plihal was honored with the award in a videotaped presentation that will be shown during tonight’s game against the Anaheim Ducks at HP Pavilion at San Jose. On behalf of the winner, Sony Computer Entertainment America will present a check for $2,500 to the Sharks Foundation and Plihal will receive a PLAYSTATION®3 (PS3™) system with a VIP pack of games.
"We've been partnering with the Sharks for more than 10 years and we're thrilled by the opportunity to support local youth and other local community activities through the Sharks Foundation," said Ginger Kraus, Senior Director of Promotions for Sony Computer Entertainment America, Inc. “We're always looking for creative ways to interact directly with our consumers and to extend the PlayStation experience, and we couldn't be more pleased with the great relationship we've built with the Sharks' team and community."
Plihal, 26, has played in a career-high 62 games this season, posting 13 points (five goals, eight assists) along with 22 penalty minutes. One of the team’s top penalty killers, he has helped contribute to the team’s 83.6% penalty kill rating third-best in the NHL. Plihal has been a plus or even player in 27 out of his last 31 games he has played in.
On Oct. 11 vs. Los Angeles, he scored the game-winning goal, shorthanded. On Dec. 23 against Vancouver, Plihal scored 43 seconds into the second period for the Sharks fifth goal of the night, setting a new franchise record for the fastest five Sharks goals to start a game.
Plihal’s season has been slowed by two lower body injuries. He missed four games at the start of the season (Oct. 14 - Oct. 22) and has also missed the Sharks last 12 games.
The six-foot-one, 210-pound forward from Frydlant, Czech Republic was originally selected by the Sharks in the fifth round (140th overall) of the 2001 NHL Entry Draft.
The Sharks Foundation was established in 1994 to meet the educational, social and cultural needs of our community. The Foundation offers unique resources and financial assistance to organizations to enhance the lives of local youth and other community activities.
PREVIOUS WINNERS OF THE PLAYSTATION ROOKIE OF THE YEAR AWARD:
2008-09 Tomas Plihal
2007-08 Torrey Mitchell
2006-07 Marc-Edouard Vlasic
2005-06 Milan Michalek
2003-04 Tom Preissing
2002-03 Jim Fahey
2001-02 Matt Bradley
2000-01 Evgeni Nabokov
1999-00 Brad Stuart
1998-99 Alexander Korolyuk
1997-98 Patrick Marleau
, Marco Sturm, Andrei Zyuzin
1996-97 Stephen Guolla
1995-96 Marcus Ragnarsson
1994-95 Jeff Friesen