By Matt Olson
Union’s Men’s Hockey goalie Troy Grosenick ‘14 has signed an entry-level contract with the San Jose Sharks.
The deal was finalized Monday, making last year’s Hobey Baker award finalist the third Union player in as many years to sign entry-level contracts, joining center Jeremy Welsh and goalie Keith Kincaid.
Grosenick, who was a back up for Kincaid during his first year at the college, became a starter during the 2011-2012 season for the Dutchmen.
During that season he recorded a 22-6-3 record, allowing 1.65 goals a game and had a 93.8 percent save rate. He was ranked near the top in goalie statistics through the majority of the season. This season the Dutcmen advanced to the second round of the NCAA tournament, beating Boston College before falling to Quinnipiac. In the 2012-2013 season, Grosenick had an 18-11-5 record, with a 2.12 goals against average and a 92.6 save percentage.
The Sharks compete in the Pacific Division of the Western Conference.
They joined the NHL in 1991, and have enjoyed moderate success, winning six division titles but no Stanley Cups.
Their AHL affiliate is located in Worcester, Mass. Grosenick intends to compete in Worcester next year. “I will take courses over the summer through Union … and I expect to be playing in Worcester next year,” he said.
Grosenick is focused on completing his undergraduate degree, which he intends to do over the summer. He said, “I am going to take extra courses over the summer so that I can graduate and complete my degree which is very important to me … and I will complete my thesis sometime in the next year.”
Antti Niemi is the current goalie for the Sharks. He has been with the team for three years, and was the starting goalie for the Stanley Cup winning Chicago Blackhawks during the 2009-2010 season.
For Troy, his ultimate goal is to compete in the NHL. “From there my only plan is to work as hard as possible with the goal of one day playing in the NHL … there is no real timeline on it, just day to day commitment to achieving that goal,” he said.