Sharks Issue Qualifying Offer
To Former Falcon, Chief Patzold

SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League announced at they have issued a qualifying offer to goaltender Dmitri Patzold, who played for the Fresno Falcons in 2006-07 and for the Johnstown Chiefs in 2003-04.

Fresno is the ECHL affiliate of the Sharks of the NHL and the Worcester Sharks of the American Hockey League.

Selected in the fourth round (107th overall) by San Jose in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, the 24 year old was 2-2-0 with a goals-against average of 2.01 and a save percentage of .930 in four games with Fresno in 2006-07 while also playing in the AHL where he was 10-8-3 with a goals-against average of 3.35 and a save percentage of .888 in 24 games for Worcester.

In his first season in North America in 2003-04, the 6-foot and 195-pound Patzold was 7-0-0 with a goals-against average of 2.71 and a save percentage of .908 in eight games for Johnstown while also playing in the AHL where he was 10-15-0 with a goals-against average of 2.88 and a save percentage of .915 in 27 games for Cleveland.