SAN JOSE, Calif. – The San Jose Sharks of the National Hockey League announced that they have signed former ECHL goaltender Thomas Greiss to a two-year contract.
In his first professional season in North America in 2006-07, Greiss was 1-2-0 with a goals-against average of 2.34 and a save percentage of .929 in three games for Fresno while also playing in the AHL where he was 26-15-2 with a goals-against average of 2.61 and a save percentage of .912 in 43 games for Worcester.
Selected in the third round (94th overall) by San Jose in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft, the 23 year old was 30-24-2 with a shutout, a goals-against average of 2.47 and a save percentage of .907 in 57 games for Worcester in 2008-09. He set team records for wins and goals-against average as well as consecutive starts with 16. He helped the Sharks advance to the division finals going 6-6 with two shutouts, a goals-against average of 2.43 and a save percentage of .912.
Greiss played three games in the NHL for San Jose in 2007-08 and is 0-1-1 with a goals-against average of 3.26 and a save percentage of .860. He also played in the AHL in 2007-08 and was 18-21-2 with a goals-against average of 3.09 and a save percentage of .892 in 41 games for Worcester.
He represented Germany at the 2006 Winter Olympics, where he was the youngest participant in the tournament, as well as at the U-18 World Junior Championship in 2003-04 and the U-20 World Championships in 2004-05.