It's official: Union goalie Grosenick signs with Sharks (update No. 2)
The San Jose Sharks have officially announced the signing of Union College hockey junior goalie Troy Grosenick.
The entry-level deal is for three years. The contract starts now. However, he won't report to San Jose or the team's AHL affiliate in Worcester, Mass., this season. He will join the Sharks for training camp in September.
"We think that Troy is a quality goaltender and we are excited to bring him into the fold," Sharks general manager Doug Wilson said in a statement. "He has excelled the past couple seasons at Union playing for coach Rick Bennett and his staff, and we feel he can be a valuable member of our organization."
Grosenick will finish his education and get his degree in managerial economics.
“I will be finishing my degree by taking additional courses over the summer. I truly value my education and a degree, especially from the great institution that Union College is," Grosenick said in a statement. "I would like to thank coach Bennett, [assistant] coach [Joe] Dumais, and [volunteer assistant] coach [Joel] Beal for their hard work and dedication in making every one of their players not only better athletes, but better people. Of course, I worked most closely with [assistant] coach [Jason] Tapp who has been incredible to helping me develop into the person and player I am today. I'd like to thank [athletic directr] Jim McLaughlin and the rest of the athletic office and support staff, [equipment manager] Dave Baglio and [trainer] Cheryl Rockwood for everything they do behind the scenes to support student-athletes. I'd also like to thank every Union professor for their commitment to teaching, they are what make a Union education so special.
"I'd like to also thank president [Stephen] Ainlay for his support, it is truly a great feeling to see the President of the College sitting in the front row at almost every game. Lastly, and most importantly, I'd like to thank my teammates for being the best group of guys I could ask to play with. They are truly the reason this moment is bittersweet for me. Of course, I'm excited to continue my hockey career, but leaving that locker room is hard because every guy in it is a great teammate and friend.”
Grosenick will speak to the media this afternoon.
More to come.