Thomas Greiss

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Thomas Greiss
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Born (1986-01-29) January 29, 1986 (age 28)
Füssen, West Germany
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
Pittsburgh Penguins
San Jose Sharks
Kölner Haie
Brynäs IF
Hannover Scorpions
Phoenix Coyotes
National team  Germany
NHL Draft 94th overall, 2004
San Jose Sharks
Playing career 2004–present

Thomas Greiss (born January 29, 1986) is a German professional ice hockey goaltender. He is currently playing for the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

Greiss was selected 94th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks. He earned a spot on Team Germany for the 2006 Winter Olympics. At 20 years of age, he was the youngest goaltender in the tournament, and had a 35 save performance on 40 shots against Team Canada.[1]

He played for San Jose in pre-season games. On January 8, 2008, he was officially recalled to replace Dimitri Pätzold as Evgeni Nabokov's backup goaltender. He started his first game on January 13, 2008, in an eventual 4–3 overtime loss to the Anaheim Ducks.[2]

For the 2009–10 season, Greiss was the back-up goaltender for the San Jose Sharks. He was also named to Team Germany for the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver. On October 12, 2010, Greiss cleared waivers and was reassigned to San Jose's AHL affiliate, the Worcester Sharks. Greiss' reassignment was primarily due to the signing of goaltenders Antero Niittymäki and Antti Niemi.[3] Nine days later, after not seeing any game action as Worcester's third-string goaltender, the Sharks reassigned Greiss from Worcester to Brynäs of Elitserien to give Greiss playing time.[4][5]

On April 11, 2011, Greiss was recalled to the San Jose Sharks for the 2011 Stanley Cup Playoffs.[citation needed] He re-signed with the Sharks on July 7. Greiss was the starting goaltender in the season opener for the Sharks in the 2011-12 season, a 6-3 win over the Phoenix Coyotes in San Jose. He went on to start the next two games (losses to the Anaheim Ducks and St. Louis Blues) before Niemi returned from an off-season surgery. Greiss recorded his first shutout in NHL on January 26, 2013, recording 24 saves in a 4-0 win against the Colorado Avalanche.[6]

Greiss became a free agent in July 2013 and he signed a one-year contract with the Phoenix Coyotes. He played one season with the Coyotes, playing in 25 games, and he recorded a 2.25 GAA and .920 save percentage. Greiss was not re-signed by the Coyotes and he signed a one-year, $1 million contract with the Pittsburgh Penguins on July 1, 2014.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Thomas Greiss with the San Jose Sharks in 2009.
Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2003–04 Kölner Haie DEL 1 0 0 0 20 4 0 12.00 .600
2004–05 Kölner Haie DEL 8 459 16 0 2.09 .936
2004–05 Eisbären Regensburg 2.GBun 1 60 2 0 2.00
2005–06 Kölner Haie DEL 27 1560 64 1 2.46 .926 9 6 3 533 27 1 3.03 .898
2006–07 Fresno Falcons ECHL 3 1 2 0 180 7 0 2.34 .929
2006–07 Worcester Sharks AHL 43 26 15 2 2555 111 0 2.61 .912 3 0 3 172 12 0 4.18 .865
2007–08 Worcester Sharks AHL 41 18 21 2 2424 125 0 3.09 .892
2007–08 San Jose Sharks NHL 3 0 1 1 129 7 0 3.26 .860
2008–09 Worcester Sharks AHL 57 34 20 2 3346 138 1 2.47 .910 12 6 6 742 30 2 2.43 .912
2009–10 San Jose Sharks NHL 16 7 4 1 782 35 0 2.68 .912 1 0 0 40 2 0 3.00 .929
2010–11 Brynäs IF SEL 32 1850 90 2 2.92 .901
2011–12 San Jose Sharks NHL 19 9 7 1 1043 40 0 2.30 .915
2012–13 Hannover Scorpions DEL 9 3 6 0 535 31 0 3.47 .905
2012–13 San Jose Sharks NHL 6 1 4 0 308 13 1 2.53 .915
2012–13 Worcester Sharks AHL 1 0 1 0 60 5 0 5.04 .815
2013–14 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 25 10 8 5 1312 50 2 2.29 .920
DEL totals 45 2574 115 1 2.58 .917 9 6 3 533 27 1 3.03 .898
NHL totals 69 27 24 8 3574 145 3 2.43 .915 1 0 0 40 2 0 3.00 .929

International[edit]

Year Team Event GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
2003 Germany WJC18-B 2 2 0 0 120 2 0 1.00
2004 Germany WJC18-B 3 2 0 0 140 8 0 3.43
2004 Germany WJC-B
2005 Germany WJC 3 0 2 0 104 13 0 7.50
2006 Germany WJC-B 4 4 0 0 240 2 2 0.50
2006 Germany OG 1 0 1 0 60 5 0 5.00
2006 Germany WC-B 2 1 0 0 61 2 0 1.97
2010 Germany OG 3 0 3 0 179 15 0 5.03
Junior totals
Senior totals 6 1 4 0 300 22 0 4.40

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