News
 
  • PRINT
  • RSS

Niittymaki Signs With San Jose

Doug Wilson Finds A Netminder

Thursday, 07.01.2010 / 1:44 PM / News
By San Jose Sharks Staff
The San Jose Sharks have signed unrestricted free agent goaltender Antero Niittymaki to a two-year contract.

Niittymaki, 30, just completed his sixth NHL season posting a 21-18-5 record, .909 save percentage and 2.87 goals against average with Tampa Bay. He went a season-high eight consecutive games without a regulation loss from Jan. 21 thru Feb. 9 including a shutout on Jan. 27 vs. Montreal.

Prior to his one season in Tampa Bay, he played in parts of five seasons with Philadelphia from 2003-2009. In 210 career games, Niittymaki has an 83-79-28 record with a 2.98 goals against average, .903 save percentage and five shutouts. He won a career high 23 games in 2005-06 with the Flyers and his .912 save percentage in 2008-09 with Philadelphia was his best for a full season.

Niittymaki has a decorated international hockey career representing Finland, highlighted by leading his native country to the Gold Medal game at the 2006 Olympics and being named the Most Valuable Player of the Olympics as well as the tournaments Best Goaltender. He also represented Finland at the 2010 Olympics, the 2006 World Championship and the 2000 World Junior Championship.

He spent three seasons at the American Hockey League level with the Philadelphia Phantoms appearing in 147 games and recording a 71-55-12 record from 2002-05. He led the Phantoms to a Calder Cup championship in 2004-05 and was awarded the Jack A. Butterfield Trophy as the MVP of the Calder Cup Playoffs.

The six-foot-one, 215-pound native of Turko, Finland was originally selected by the Philadelphia Flyers in the sixth round (168th overall) of the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.



SCHEDULE

HOME
AWAY
PROMOTIONAL

STANDINGS

PACIFIC DIVISION
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 z - SJS 82 51 20 11 264 215 113
2 x - PHX 82 50 25 7 225 202 107
3 x - LAK 82 46 27 9 241 219 101
4 ANA 82 39 32 11 238 251 89
5 DAL 82 37 31 14 237 254 88

STATS

2009-2010 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Thornton 79 20 69 17 89
P. Marleau 82 44 39 21 83
D. Heatley 82 39 43 14 82
D. Boyle 76 15 43 6 58
R. Clowe 82 19 38 0 57
J. Pavelski 67 25 26 1 51
D. Setoguchi 70 20 16 0 36
M. Malhotra 71 14 19 17 33
R. Blake 70 7 23 14 30
K. Huskins 82 3 19 6 22
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
E. Nabokov 44 16 10 .922 2.43
T. Greiss 7 4 1 .912 2.69










sanjosesharks.com is the official Web site of the San Jose Sharks. San Jose Sharks and sanjosesharks.com are trademarks of The San Jose Sharks hockey club.  NHL and the word mark and image of the Stanley Cup are registered trademarks and the NHL Shield and NHL Conference logos are trademarks of the National Hockey League. All NHL logos and marks and NHL team logos and marks as well as all other proprietary materials depicted herein are the property of the NHL and the respective NHL teams and may not be reproduced without the prior written consent of NHL Enterprises, L.P.  Copyright © 2010 San Jose Sharks and the National Hockey League.  All Rights Reserved.


Hammerhead Booster Club | Employment | Privacy Statement | NHL.com Terms of Use