Congratulations go out to Everett Silvertips goaltender Thomas Heemskerk, who just signed an entry level contract with the San Jose Sharks. By all accounts, Thomas had an outstanding training camp with the Sharks last month. According to a news release posted at San Jose's website, he posted a 2-0 record along with a 1.50 goals-against average and a .948 save percentage. Those two wins came against the Anaheim Ducks.
According to friends who attended Sharks training camp in San Jose, Thomas was stellar in net, and they can't wait to see him develop his chops and don the teal and white for which they are so passionate.
In a news release posted at the Sharks' website, San Jose's Executive Vice President/General Manager Doug Wilson said, "Thomas played very well during this year's rookie tournament and made a big impression on our staff. 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."
A news release from the Silvertips quotes Thomas as saying, "It's something that I've been thinking about since I was little kid, and for it to come true is incredible. It's very exciting, but I'm more focused on putting together a strong season in Everett."
Thomas already has two victories under his belt for Everett, both coming against the Vancouver Giants, including an exciting home opener Friday night that ended in a shootout. The 19 year old Chilliwack, BC native began his WHL career with theKootenay Ice before being traded to the Silvertips in December 2008.
Silvertips Vice President/General Manager Doug Soetaert is very happy with the way Thomas has performed since joining the team. In the news release, he is quoted as saying, ""Thomas has worked extremely hard since we acquired him last year to put himself in position to earn this contract."
Thomas is the third Silvertip this year to sign an NHL contract this year. ForwardKellan Tochkin became the youngest Everett player to ink a deal. The 18 year old signed a three year contract with the Vancouver Canucks. Defenseman Taylor Ellington also signed with the Canucks and should see a lot of action this season as part of the team's AHL affiliate, Manitoba Moose.
You can catch Thomas Heemskerk and the rest of the Silvertips in action next Wednesday, October 7th, when they welcome a strong Portland Winterhawks team to Comcast Arena. The game starts at 7:05. You can find more information about the Silvertips by clicking here.
Photo Courtesy: San Jose Sharks