Alex Stalock

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Alex Stalock
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Born (1987-07-28) July 28, 1987 (age 29)
Saint Paul, Minnesota
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Goaltender
Shoots Left
NHL team (P)
Cur. team
Former teams
Minnesota Wild
Iowa Wild (AHL)
San Jose Sharks
NHL Draft 112th overall, 2005
San Jose Sharks
Playing career 2009–present

Alexander Dezmund Stalock (born July 28, 1987) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Iowa Wild in the American Hockey League (AHL) while under contract to the Minnesota Wild of the National Hockey League (NHL). Stalock was originally drafted 112th overall in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks.

Playing career[edit]

He attended college at the University of Minnesota Duluth, where he played college hockey for 3 years before starting his professional career.

On February 1, 2011, he made his NHL debut in relief of Antti Niemi. Playing 29 minutes and 47 seconds, Stalock allowed no goals on nine shots to record his first NHL win in a 5–3 victory over the Phoenix Coyotes.[1] Shortly after his debut he was reassigned to the Sharks minor league affiliate, Worcester Sharks. In a game against the Manchester Monarchs on February 4, he suffered a sliced nerve behind his knee after being stepped on by the skate of Manchester's Dwight King, sidelining him for the remainder of the 2010–11 season. Afterwards, he had surgery to repair the nerve and went through many months of rehabilitation. Stalock was sidelined until January 21, 2012, when he started in goal for San Jose's ECHL affiliate, the Stockton Thunder. After six games in Stockton, Stalock was called up to Worcester.[2]

On July 10, 2013, the San Jose Sharks re-signed Stalock to a one-year contract. In September 2013, Stalock was selected as the San Jose Sharks backup goaltender for the 2013–14 season.[3] Stalock made his first NHL start on October 27, saving 38 shots in a 5–2 victory against the Ottawa Senators.[4]

On January 16, 2014, Stalock recorded his first shutout in a 3–0 win over the Florida Panthers.[5] Against the Los Angeles Kings on January 27, Stalock passed Evgeni Nabokov for the Sharks' longest streak without allowing a goal with 178:55, 7:37 longer than Nabokov's highest.[6] Stalock made his first career playoff start against the Los Angeles Kings on April 28, 2014.[7]

In the 2015–16 season, on February 27, 2016, Stalock's tenure with the Sharks came to an end when he was traded, along with Ben Smith and a conditional 4th round pick in 2018 to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for James Reimer and Jeremy Morin.[8] Stalock was placed on waivers the following day by the Maple Leafs and upon clearing was assigned to the AHL with affiliate, the Toronto Marlies on February 29, 2016.

Stalock left the Leafs organization as a free agent in the off-season and on July 1, 2016, signed a one-year, two-way contract with the Minnesota Wild.[9] On February 2, 2017, the Wild signed Stalock to a two-year, $1.3 million extension. [10]

Career statistics[edit]

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 South Saint Paul MNHS 31 23 7 1 1581 42 6 2.20 .924
2003–04 U.S. National Development Team NAHL 2 4.50 .872
2004–05 Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 32 19 9 1 1801 82 1 2.73 .905 9 7 2 582 14 1 1.44 .950
2005–06 Cedar Rapids RoughRiders USHL 44 28 13 3 2641 112 4 2.54 .931 8 3 5 472 25 0 3.18 .918
2006–07 University of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 23 5 14 3 1364 76 1 3.34 .881
2007–08 University of Minnesota-Duluth WHCA 36 13 17 6 2170 85 3 2.35 .914
2008–09 University of Minnesota-Duluth WCHA 42 21 13 8 2534 90 5 2.13 .924
2009–10 Worcester Sharks AHL 61 39 19 2 3534 155 4 2.63 .908 11 6 5 683 26 0 2.28 .919
2010–11 Worcester Sharks AHL 41 19 17 4 2397 105 0 2.63 .907
2010–11 San Jose Sharks NHL 1 1 0 0 30 0 0 0.00 1.000
2011–12 Stockton Thunder ECHL 6 5 1 0 360 17 0 2.83 .914
2011–12 Worcester Sharks AHL 2 1 1 0 119 5 0 2.51 .909
2011–12 Peoria Rivermen AHL 3 2 0 0 106 2 1 1.13 .964
2012–13 Worcester Sharks AHL 38 17 16 4 2281 99 2 2.60 .912
2012–13 San Jose Sharks NHL 2 0 0 1 42 2 0 2.86 .846
2013–14 San Jose Sharks NHL 24 12 5 2 1251 39 2 1.87 .932 3 0 1 117 4 0 2.05 .929
2014–15 San Jose Sharks NHL 22 8 9 2 1236 54 2 2.62 .902
2015–16 San Jose Sharks NHL 13 3 5 2 670 33 0 2.94 .884
2015–16 San Jose Barracuda AHL 2 2 0 0 122 4 0 1.96 .930
2015–16 Toronto Marlies AHL 3 1 2 0 181 8 0 2.66 .907
NHL totals 62 24 19 7 3235 128 4 2.37 .911 3 0 1 117 4 0 2.05 .929

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
USHL Clark Cup 2004–05
All-WCHA Rookie Team 2006–07
All-WCHA First Team 2008–09
AHCA West First-Team All-American 2008–09
WCHA All-Tournament Team 2009 [11]

References[edit]

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Alex Kangas
WCHA Most Valuable Player in Tournament
2009
Succeeded by
Evan Trupp