The file on Alex Stalock
Alex Stalock was born in St. Paul, Minnesota where he attended South Saint Paul High School. In his last season of high school hockey, Stalock went 23-7 with a 2.20 goals against average and was named to the Class A All-Tournament Team. The following two years he played for the Cedar Rapids RoughRiders of the United States Hockey League. In 2005 Stalock was drafted in the fourth round, No. 112 overall by the San Jose Sharks. He then attended the University of Minnesota-Duluth for three seasons.
Playing in Duluth
Stalock split time with incumbent starter, senior Josh Johnson in 2006-7. The South St. Paul native started in 23 games in his freshman campaign and saved .881 percent of shots, but posted a 5-14-3 record. Stalock continued to grow his second season on campus with a 13-17-6 record in 36 starts. The goalie established himself as a top goaltender in his junior season with a 2.13 Goals against average and a 21-13 record. He was named a NCAA West First-Team All-American. On April 11, 2009 he left college and reported to the Worcester Sharks.
Minor Leagues, Major injury
In his first two seasons with the AHL’s Worcester Sharks, Stalock played in 102 games with a 58-36-6 record, which included being named to the AHL All-Rookie Team in 2009-10. Stalock made his NHL debut, in relief of Antti Niemi, Feb. 1, 2011 and won, but was sent back to Worcester afterward. Three days later, in the third period, opponent Dwight King landed on backside of Stalock’s knee. He tried to get up, but couldn’t. The peroneal nerve -- the nerve that controls movement and feeling in the lower leg, foot and toes -- and tendon had been severed.
Following the injury, Stalock was rushed into immediate surgery – two surgeries in all – where his nerve was reattached. He had to wait for the nerve to regrow at a millimeter per day. His body suffered from “drop foot” causing him to relearn how to walk/stand, originally with his left foot dragging behind. After numerous hours of massage and physical therapy, less than a year later Stalock started for the Stockton Thunder. After six games he was shipped to Worchester, then on a loan to Peoria. He finished the 2011-12 season with 11 games and a .922 save percentage.
Stalock started the 2012-13 season once again with the Worcester Sharks. He played in 38 games, and showed the Sharks enough to be called up Mar. 9, 2013. He played in two games for the Sharks and saved 11 of 13 shots. The Sharks let go former backup goalie Thomas Greiss after the season finished. With the backup goaltender position open, the Sharks resigned Stolack to a one-year contract for the 2013-14 season.
On Oct. 2, 2013 Stalock made his first NHL start, saving 38 shots in a 5-2 victory against the Ottawa Senators. On Jan. 16, 2014 he recorded his first shutout against the Florida Panthers. He continued his stellar play through Jan. 27, when he passed Evgeni Nabakov for the franchise record of longest scoreless streak at 178:55 minutes. Through the All-Star break, the former Bulldog had a .933 save percentage and 10-4 record. March 2 and March 4 was the first time Stalock started back-to-back games in his career.