Thomas Greiss

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Thomas Greiss
Thomas Greiss2.jpg
Born(1986-01-29) January 29, 1986 (age 28)
Füssen, West Germany
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
PositionGoaltender
CatchesLeft
NHL team
Former teams
Pittsburgh Penguins
San Jose Sharks
Kölner Haie
Brynäs IF
Hannover Scorpions
Phoenix Coyotes
National team Germany
NHL Draft94th overall, 2004
San Jose Sharks
Playing career2004–present
 
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Thomas Greiss
Thomas Greiss2.jpg
Born(1986-01-29) January 29, 1986 (age 28)
Füssen, West Germany
Height6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight220 lb (100 kg; 15 st 10 lb)
PositionGoaltender
CatchesLeft
NHL team
Former teams
Pittsburgh Penguins
San Jose Sharks
Kölner Haie
Brynäs IF
Hannover Scorpions
Phoenix Coyotes
National team Germany
NHL Draft94th overall, 2004
San Jose Sharks
Playing career2004–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 seasonPlayoffs
SeasonTeamLeagueGPWLT/OTMINGASOGAASV%GPWLMINGASOGAASV%
2003–04Kölner HaieDEL1000204012.00.600
2004–05Kölner HaieDEL84591602.09.936
2004–05Eisbären Regensburg2.GBun160202.00
2005–06Kölner HaieDEL2715606412.46.9269635332713.03.898
2006–07Fresno FalconsECHL3120180702.34.929
2006–07Worcester SharksAHL4326152255511102.61.9123031721204.18.865
2007–08Worcester SharksAHL4118212242412503.09.892
2007–08San Jose SharksNHL3011129703.26.860
2008–09Worcester SharksAHL5734202334613812.47.91012667423022.43.912
2009–10San Jose SharksNHL167417823502.68.91210040203.00.929
2010–11Brynäs IFSEL3218509022.92.901
2011–12San Jose SharksNHL1997110434002.30.915
2012–13Hannover ScorpionsDEL93605353103.47.905
2012–13San Jose SharksNHL61403081312.53.915
2012–13Worcester SharksAHL101060505.04.815
2013–14Phoenix CoyotesNHL25108513125022.29.920
DEL totals45257411512.58.9179635332713.03.898
NHL totals6927248357414532.43.91510040203.00.929

International[edit]

YearTeamEventGPWLTMINGASOGAA
2003GermanyWJC18-B2200120201.00
2004GermanyWJC18-B3200140803.43
2004GermanyWJC-B
2005GermanyWJC30201041307.50
2006GermanyWJC-B4400240220.50
2006GermanyOG101060505.00
2006GermanyWC-B210061201.97
2010GermanyOG30301791505.03
Junior totals
Senior totals61403002204.40

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