In his NHL debut, San Jose Sharks goaltender Troy Grosenick got his name into the league’s history books. Not only that, he also showed off some slick moves celebrating the big shutout victory.
When the San Jose Sharks called up Troy Grosenick, it’s hard to imagine they could have wished for a better start from the goaltender. After posting average numbers in the American League over the past two seasons, the undrafted netminder blanked the Carolina Hurricanes in record-setting fashion.
In his debut, the 25-year-old from the NCAA’s Union College became the record holder for most saves in a shutout debut in the modern era. His 45 saves in the 2-0 victory over Carolina were four better than the previous record held by Andre Gill. Gill’s record came on Dec. 23, 1967 while he was a member of the Boston Bruins. Gill would only play five career NHL games.
After the game, Grosenick busted out a great celebration:
Grosenick, who was a finalist for the Hobey Baker as the NCAA’s most outstanding player in 2011-12, signed with the Sharks in April 2013 after posting a 2.12 goals-against average and .926 save percentage in his final season at Union.
Since turning pro, Grosenick has been slowly getting his legs under him. Last season, his first as a professional, the netminder posted a record of 18-14-0, with two shutouts, a 2.62 GAA, and .903 SP. In six shootouts, however, Grosenick was nearly perfect, allowing only three goals on 28 attempts.
A native of Brookfield, Wis., Grosenick will have a lot of time to celebrate if he can keep this up.