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.