FRESNO, Calif. – The San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League and Cleveland Barons of the American Hockey League have announced that they have renewed their affiliations with the Fresno Falcons.
The Sharks assigned rookie goaltender Nolan Schaefer to Fresno in 2003-04 and Schaefer appeared in 12 games for the Falcons. Selected in the fifth round (166th overall) by San Jose in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, the 24-year-old Schaefer had two call-ups to Cleveland. He was 14-9-3 with two shutouts, a goals against average of 2.34 and a save percentage of .925 in 27 regular season games and 4-5 with a goals against average of 2.51 and a save percentage of .927 in nine playoff games with the Barons. Schaefer was also called up twice to serve as a back-up goaltender for the Sharks.
“When Nolan got the call to San Jose it was exciting for our fans, our players and everyone in the organization,” said Fresno general manager Blaine Moore. “We’re pleased to continue what we feel has always been a good relationship with the Sharks and a relationship that allows several of our players to compete for roster spots during training camp with the Barons.”
“We have had a very good relationship with the Falcons and Blaine Moore,” said San Jose vice president/assistant general manager Wayne Thomas. “We look forward to continuing that relationship and having Fresno help in the development of our players.”