Born January 29, 1986 (age 25) in Füssen, Bavaria, Germany
Goaltender for the San Jose Sharks
Krista challenged me to profile a Shark and I decided to go for the one German man on their roster! Greiss began playing in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga–interestingly, his first team was the Kölner Haie, and Haie in German means Sharks–and was with the Cologne Sharks when the San Jose Sharks drafted him 94th overall in 2004. He did stay in Deutschland until 2006. Also in 2006, he was named to the German team for the Olympics. He was just 20, the youngest goalie in the entire tournament, and stopped 35 out of 40 shots in a game against Team Canada. Not bad at all. In 2006 and 2007, he spent all of his time with the Worcester Sharks, turning in pretty good performances, until he got the backup spot in San Jose due to another goalie’s injury. His first start was a 4-3 overtime loss to intra-state rivals the Anaheim Ducks in January 2008.
Greiss stayed as San Jose’s backup for 2009-10 and returned to Team Germany for the 2010 Olympics. But in October 2010 he was reassigned to Worcester because San Jose had signed the Finnish duo of Antti Niemi and Antero Niittymaki. Less than a fortnight after his reassignment, he went over to the Swedish Elitserien team Brynas IF just to get any playtime at all since Worcester hadn’t given him any yet. He came back for the 2011 playoffs run and resigned with the Sharks after the season ended. This season, he started the first few games, including the home opener (6-3 against Phoenix), due to a surgery Niemi had during the off-season. So, with the Swedish team last year, he played 32 games, and while win and loss totals are not readily available, he had a 2.92 GAA and .901% saves. He’s also netted 3 wins and 2 losses in this season to date. Plus, his mask is really cool. Check it out!