Sharks sign local goalie as emergency backup

San Jose Sharks goalie Alex Stalock covers the puck after making a save. (Kathy Willens/AP)

The San Jose Sharks announced that they have signed a 31-year-old local as an emergency backup to starter Antti Niemi.

Ryan Lowe, a San Jose native, will join the Sharks Wednesday and act as the club’s backup for their game against the Calgary Flames.

With backup Troy Grosenick being ruled out this morning with an upper-body injury that he suffered in practice Tuesday, and with Alex Stalock already out with a knee injury, the club was left scrambling to find anyone to fill the void left by those injuries.

This was compounded by the fact that the Sharks’ American Hockey League affiliate is situated in Worcester, Mass., and with American Thanksgiving a day away, traveling across the country on short notice was all but impossible.

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Lowe last played professionally with the Sydney Bears of the Australia Ice Hockey League during the 2012-2013 season where he posted a 4.30 GAA and .856 SP% in 10 games.

Prior to that Lowe last played for the Canberra Knights during the 2009-2010 season where he was voted most inspirational, a year after claiming team MVP honours. He is currently the goalie coach for the San Jose Jr. Sharks.

This will be the first time Lowe will dress for an NHL club. Prior to Wednesday’s game he had appeared in only one game professionally in North America back with ECHL’s Utah Grizzlies during the 2007-2008 season.

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