Thomas Greiss: What a Strong Olympics Could Mean for San Jose

February 16th, 2010 by Andy Bensch Leave a reply »
The San Jose Sharks lead the NHL with eight Olympians participating in the Vancouver games. 

Joe Thornton, Patrick Marleau, Dany Heatley, and Dan Boyle are on Team Canada and Evgeni Nabokov will backstop Team Russia. Those five are obvious.

However, if you follow one of the other 29 NHL clubs, a little research was probably necessary to find out the other three.

After some googling, you swiftly figured out that Joe Pavelski is representing Team USA and Douglas Murray made the defending Gold Medal Swedish squad.

So that's seven. But who is the eighth?

For most of you, it probably took you awhile.

After all, not many teams can say their backup netminder is an Olympian, but that is the case with Thomas Greiss and the San Jose Sharks.

The 24-year-old native of Koln, West Germany is quietly having an impressive season between the pipes.

But with Sharks head coach Todd McLellan's resistance to give Nabokov a game off, it is the Olympic games where fans around the league will get the best look at San Jose's backup goaltender.

Playing for Team Germany, Greiss is bound to see a lot o ...

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