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San Jose Sharks 2011 Young Stars Tournament Roster

Photo courtesy of Sharks.nhl.com

On Sept. 6, the San Jose Sharks revealed their roster that will participate in the organization’s second consecutive Young Stars Tournament.

Featuring prospect teams from the Sharks, Calgary Flames, Edmonton Oilers, Vancouver Canucks and Winnipeg Jets, the tournament will be held in Penticton, B.C. from Sept. 11 -15. 

At last year’s tournament, the Sharks finished with a 2-1 record in three games.  Forward Michael Sgarbossa finished as the tournament’s second leading scorer with four points {hat trick against the Oilers and one assist} in two games and forward Benn Ferriero finish tied for third among all scorers by registering three assists in two games.

The Sharks will be in action on Sept. 11 against the Flames at 7:30 p.m.;  Sept. 12 against the Jets at 4:00 p.m.;  Sept. 14 against the Canucks at 4:00 p.m.

{** Denotes prospect played for the Sharks in last year’s tournament}

FORWARDS

#90  Joe Antilla
{6-1, 220, L, 1/17/91}

2010-11 season:  Registered 40 points on 21 goals and 19 assists in 72 games played with the Kootenay Ice of the WHL to go along with 59 penalty minutes

#89  Trevor Cheek
{6-2, 210, L, 12/29/92}

2010-11 season:  Registered 25 points on 10 goals and 15 assists in 57 games played with the Calgary Hitmen of the WHL to go along with 37 penalty minutes.

#48  Mike Connolly
{5-9, 180, L, 7/3/89}

2010-11 season:  Registered 54 points on 28 goals and 26 assists in 42 games played with the Minnesota-Deluth Bulldogs of the WCHA to go along with 59 penalty minutes.

#85  Curt Gogol** 
{6-0, 185, L, 9/21/91}

2010-11 season:  Registered 12 points on 4 goals and 8 assists in 47 games played with the Chilliwack Bruins of the WHL to go along with 142 penalty minutes.  Registered 2 points on one goal and one assist in 15 games played with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL to go along with 59 penalty minutes.

#75  Freddie Hamilton** 
{6-1, 190, R, 1/1/92}

2010-11 season:  Registered 83 points on 38 goals and 45 assists in 68 games played with the Niagara IceDogs of the OHL to go along with 20 penalty minutes.

#87  Charles Inglis
{5-11, 180, L, 5/7/92}

2010-11 season:  Registered 60 points on 32 goals and 28 assists in 69 games played with the Prince George Cougars of the WHL to go along with 141 penalty minutes.

#63  James Livingston
{6-1, 210, R, 3/8/90}

2010-11 season:  Registered 50 points on 22 goals and 28 assists in 62 games played with the Plymouth Whalers of the OHL to go along with 52 penalty minutes.

#38  Tony Lucia** 
{6-0, 190, L, 8/23/87}

2010-11 season:  Registered zero points in two games played with the Worcester Sharks of the AHL.  Missed final 78 games of the season with concussion symptoms.

#45 – James Marcou** 
{5-8, 165, R, 2/19/88}

2010-11 season:  Registered 19 points on 4 goals and 15 assists in 41 games played with the Worcester Sharks of the AHL to go along with 18 penalty minutes.

#84  Nathan Moon
{5-11, 200, R, 1/4/90}

2010-11 season:  Registered 74 points on 32 goals and 42 assists in 65 games played with the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL to go along with 89 penalty minutes.

#56  Brodie Reid
{6-1, 195, R, 9/25/89}

2010-11 season:  Registered 28 points on 11 goals and 17 assists in 37 games played with the Northeastern Huskies of the Hockey East College Conference to go along with 18 penalty minutes.

#76  Michael Sgarbossa** 
{5-11, 170, L, 7/25/92}

2010-11 season:  Registered 62 points on 29 goals and 33 assists in 37 games played with the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL to go along with 53 penalty minutes.  Registered 20 points on 7 goals and 13 assists in 26 games played with the Saginaw Spirit to go along with 24 penalty minutes.

#82  Ben Thomson
{6-4, 205, L, 1/16/93}

2010-11 season:  Registered 19 points on 6 goals and 13 assists in 68 games played with the Kitchener Rangers of the OHL to go along with 107 penalty minutes.

#70  Scooter Vaughan
{6-0, 195, R, 4/8/89}

2010-11 season:  Registered 24 points on 14 goals and 10 assists in 44 games played with the Michigan Wolverines of the CCHA to go along with 45 penalty minutes.

#58  Marek Viedensky** 
{6-4, 210, R, 8/18/90}

2010-11 season:  Registered 88 points on 36 goals and 52 assists in 63 games played with the Saskatoon Blades of the WHL to go along with 52 penalty minutes.

#50  Dylan Wruck
{5-8, 165, L, 9/23/92}

2010-11 season:  Registered 78 points on 38 goals and 40 assists in 71 games played with the Edmonton Oil Kings of the WHL to go along with 44 penalty minutes.

DEFENSE

#51  Konrad Abeltshauser** 
{6-5, 215, L, 9/2/92}


2010-11 season:  Registered 27 points on 8 goals and 19 assists in 58 games played with the Halifax Mooseheads of the QMJHL to go along with 47 penalty minutes.

#62  Sena Acolatse
{5-11, 205, R, 11/28/90}


2010-11 season:  Registered 63 points on 15 goals and 48 assists in 66 games played with the Prince George Cougars of the WHL to go along with 128 penalty minutes.  Appeared in one game for the Worcester Sharks of the AHL.

#46  Zach Bell
{6-1, 215, R, 2/13/93}


2010-11 season:  Registered 12 points on 3 goals and 9 assists in 63 games played with the Brampton Battalion of the OHL to go along with 86 penalty minutes.

#79  Antoine Corbin
{6-2, 195, R, 6/18/92}


2010-11 season:  Registered 25 points on 6 goals and 19 assists in 45 games played with the Prince Albert Raiders of the WHL to go along with 81 penalty minutes.  Registered 4 points on 2 goals and 2 assists in 11 games played with the Kelowna Rockets of the WHL to go along with 23 penalty minutes.

#74  Dylan DeMelo
{6-0, 195, R, 5/1/93}


2010-11 season:  Registered 27 points on 3 goals and 24 assists in 67 games played with the Mississauga St. Michael’s  Majors of the OHL to go along with 70 penalty minutes.

#77  Taylor Doherty** 
{6-7, 230, R, 3/2/91}


2010-11 season:  Registered 53 points on 14 goals and 39 assists in 68 games played with the Kingston Frontenacs of the OHL to go along with 86 penalty minutes.  Appeared in three games for the Worcester Sharks of the AHL.

#59  Justin Sefton
{6-3, 215, R, 4/14/93}


2010-11 season:  Registered 11 points on 5 goals and 6 assists in 66 games played with the Sudbury Wolves of the OHL to go along with 124 penalty minutes.

#49  William Wrenn
{6-1, 205, R, 3/16/91}


2010-11 seasonRegistered 13 points on 2 goals and 11 assists in 29 games played with the Portland Winterhawks of the WHL to go along with 17 penalty minutes.  Registered 1 assist in 18 games played at the University of Denver to go along with 2 penalty minutes.

GOALIES

#36  J.P. Anderson** 
{5-11, 190, R, 4/27/92}


2010-11 season:  Posted a 38-10-1 record with a 2.36 goals-against-average in 51 games played for the Mississauga St. Michael’s Majors of the OHL to go along with 6 shutouts.

#33  Thomas Heemskerk** 
{6-0, 195, R, 4/11/90}


2010-11 season:  Posted a 36-21-6 record with a 2.94 goals-against-average in 65 games played for the Moose Jaw Warriors of the WHL to go along with 2 shutouts.

#35  Harri Sateri
{6-1, 210, L, 12/29/89}


2010-11 season:  Posted a 9-19-8 record with a 2.96 goals-against-average in 37 games played for Taparra Jr in Finland to go along with 2 shutouts.  Posted a 1-3-1 record with a 2.56 goals-against average in 7 games played played for the Worcester Sharks of the AHL.

*Photos and information courtesy of www.sharksahl.com, sharks.nhl.com, www.denverpioneers.com, www.hockeysfuture.com, www.londonjuniorknights.com, www.whl.ca, www.tri-cityherald.com, jets.nhl.com, penguins.nhl.com, theswhl.com, mgoblue.com, hockeyeastonline.com, whl.simhl.net, islanders.nhl.com, fox21online.com, hfboards.com for this post entry.*

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“Fearsome Young Sharks” Prospect Profile – Thomas Heemskerk

Photo courtesy of Alexander Zimmermann {@Alex_Z_Sharkie}

On Sept. 29, 2009, San Jose Sharks Executive Vice President and General Manager Doug Wilson announced the Sharks had signed free agent goaltender Thomas Heemskerk to an entry-level contract.

“Thomas played very well during this year’s {2009} rookie tournament and made a big impression on our staff,” said Wilson in a press release on the Sharks website.  “Doug Soetaert and Craig Hartsburg have done a tremendous job working with Thomas and we look forward to him continuing his development with our organization.”

Born in Chilliwack, B.C., Heemskerk first started skating at age seven after one of the workers at his parents flower nursery, who played hockey, took him out skating.

“My dad always preferred hiring hockey players, and they must have convinced my dad to put me in hockey,” said Heemskerk in an interview via Facebook messaging.  “I was given a few of their sticks and that’s where it took off.”

Instantly hooked, Heemskerk signed up for skating lessons that didn’t go according to plan due to an orthopedic condition.

“I had a problem with being pigeon toed when I was younger and the skating instructor started to put me in net because I was always at the back of the line and I couldn’t do anything,” said Heemskerk in an Oct. 2009 interview with Su Ring of King 5 TV Seattle News.  “It just kind of stuck from there on.”

After playing the 2006-07 season with the BC major midget Fraser Valley Bruins, Heemskerk surprised many in the hockey realm by making the roster of the Western Hockey League’s {WHL} Kootenay Ice for the 2007-08 season as a 17-year-old rookie.  Serving as a backup to Kris Lazaruk, Heemskerk appeared in 27 games and registered a 15-4-3 record to go along with a 2.65 goals-against-average and a .906 save percentage.

Prior to the start of the 2008-09 season, the Ice signed Heemskerk’s Fraser Valley Bruins teammate Nathan Lieuwen, and feeling set in net for the next couple of seasons with Heemskerk and Lieuwen, the Ice traded Lazaruk to the Kelowna Rockets for a fourth-round pick in the WHL Bantam Draft.  Rotating the duo on a consistent basis, Heemskerk registered a record of 7-6-2-2 in 18 games played to go along with a 2.88 goals-against-average and a .887 save percentage.

On Dec. 4, 2008, the Ice received the shocking news that Heemskerk was leaving the team and returning home, citing that his heart wasn’t in it anymore.

“Thomas came and spoke to me {Thursday} following the first part of our U.S. trip and said to me that his heart hasn’t been in the game of hockey dating back to last year,” said Ice General Manager Jeff Chynoweth in a Dec. 2009 interview with Jeff Bromley for an article on Bromley’s Ice Chips blog.  “And he just felt it was his time to go home.  Needless to say, I was in total shock and disbelief.  There was no inkling whatsoever that this was coming about.  None of the veteran players that I talked to had any idea this was coming.”

“I was having a hard time, and eventually took myself out of the situation in Kootenay,” said Heemskerk in the Facebook interview.  “It was a hard time for me, no one likes to quit a season and leave their friends and teammates.”

After a few days away from the hockey, Heemskerk began getting the itch to play again but realized he needed a fresh start and a new team to give him a chance.  On Dec. 30, 2008, Heemskerk got that fresh start and chance with a new team as the Ice traded him to the Everett Silvertips for a third-round pick in the 2010 WHL Bantam Draft.  Appearing in 27 games for the Silvertips that season, Heemskerk registered a 9-15-2 record to go along with a 3.32 goals-against average and a .906 save percentage.

“It was a perfect situation for me,” said Heemskerk of the Everett trade in the Facebook interview.  “I’ll always owe Doug Soetaert and the organization for getting me back on my feet.”

While training in the off-season that summer, Heemskerk stayed in constant contact with his agent as both were hoping something would materialize with a National Hockey League {NHL} club.  After weeks of waiting, Heemskerk got the news he was being invited to the San Jose Sharks’ Training Camp on a tryout basis.

“I couldn’t believe it was true,” said Heemskerk in the Facebook interview.  “The season I had was not picture perfect but I trained hard and prepared myself as best I could for the opportunity.”

Wanting to prove himself to the Sharks, Heemskerk found himself in net for two games at the 2009 Sharks Rookie Tournament.  Playing against the Anaheim Ducks both games, Heemskerk stopped 61-of-64 shots en route to registering a 2-0 record to along with a 1.50 goals-against-average and a .948 save percentage.

“It was rewarding to win and be successful,” said Heemskerk in the Facebook interview.  “It didn’t seem real at the time when you wearing a Sharks jersey playing against the Ducks.”

Impressed with his workouts at Training Camp and his performance at the Rookie Tournament, the Sharks signed Heemskerk to an entry-level contract.

“The contract was the least of my worries at the time,” said Heemskerk in the Facebook interview.  “I just wanted to show them what I do best, make a name for myself and see where that would get me.”

Returning to the Silvertips for the 2009-10 season, Heemskerk appeared in 42 games and registered a 24-12-4 record to go along with a 2.34 goals-against-average and a .927 save percentage.

On Sept. 17, 2010, the Silvertips traded Heemskerk to the Moose Jaw Warriors for 20-year-old defenseman Chad Suer in a move that didn’t shock Heemskerk.

“I knew a trade was in the works if I couldn’t crack the pro ranks,” said Heemskerk in the Facebook interview.  “It’s a strange feeling waiting for the phone call that you’re being traded somewhere.  I didn’t have a clue what teams were interested and Moose Jaw being a small town made it much more interesting.”

In his final WHL season, Heemskerk appeared in 65 games for the Warriors and registered a 36-21-6 overall record to go along with a 2.94 goals-against-average and a.908 save percentage.  In addition, Heemskerk was named team Most Valuable Player along with forward Quinton Howden during the Yara Warriors Awards Night.

Leading the Warriors into the WHL Playoffs for a first round showdown with the Ice, Heemskerk played outstanding as he recorded two shutouts in the series to go along with a 2.52 goals-against-average and a .930 save percentage.

Unfortunately, the Ice emerged victorious in six games after a thrilling game six on Warrior home ice at the Moose Jaw Civic Center, also known as The Crushed Can Arena, which saw the Warriors rally from a 3-0 deficit before losing a 5-4 heartbreaker. 

The series clinching win for the Ice not only ended the Warriors season and an era at the Crushed Can Arena, but also the WHL careers of Spencer Edwards, Dylan Hood and Heemskerk.

“It’s one of those things that you hear about for a few years but it’s a lot harder to deal with when it’s your turn to be done in juniors,” said Heemskerk in the Facebook interview.  “I avoided thinking of it as my last game, but when the game ended, it really sunk in.  The Crushed Can was a great experience to play in.  To play somewhere with so much history and such a unique design was something I’ll never forget, and it was special to have finished my year in it.”

With the junior hockey chapter of his career finished, Heemskerk, who loves being the difference maker and anchor for his team, has been enjoying his time off this off-season by spending time with family and friends.  In addition, Heemskerk has been training in gyms and on rinks in preparation for the upcoming season.

“I haven’t heard anything of where I’ll play,” said Heemskerk in the Facebook interview.  “I’d love to be in San Jose but I know for my development its best to start slow and work my way up.”

HIGHLIGHTS

2009 San Jose Sharks Training Camp Scrimmage  {Courtesy of YouTube user “pj48”}
Heemskerk is in net for Team White in this video clip.

*Information was used from sharks.nhl.com, www.hockeydb.com, jeffbromley.blogspot.com, www.everettsilvertips.com, www.mjwarriros.ca, www.king5.com and www.youtube.com for this post entry.*