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The San Jose Sharks announced today that they have signed Lincoln Stars goaltender Josef Korenar to a entry-level contract. The Czech netminder recently completed his first USHL season and previously went undrafted in the NHL. He participated in the Sharks 2017 Development Camp earlier this month.
Korenar appeared in 32 games for Lincoln during the 2016-17 season and finished with a record of 14-11-4, a 2.22 GAA, a .925 SV% and two shutouts. He finished tied for second in the league in SV% and his 2.22 GAA and tied for third among all USHL goalies. He was also ranked 17th among North American goaltenders on the NHL Central Scouting Final Rankings.
Prior to his time in the USHL, Korenar played for HC Dukla Jihlava in his native Czech Republic, representing his country at both the 2015 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Cup and the 2015 World Junior A Challenge. He was selected in the third round, 43rd overall by Lincoln in the 2016 USHL Phase II Draft.
Korenar joins Matiss Kivlenieks as the two USHL players to sign an NHL entry-level contract after playing in the league during the 2016-17 season. He also joins Brandon Montour, Zemgus Girgensons and Daniil Tarasov as other recent USHL players to sign an NHL entry-level contract following a season in which they played in the USHL.
Headquartered in Chicago, Illinois, the USHL celebrates its 16th season as the nation's only Tier I junior hockey league in 2017-18. 30 or more players from the USHL have been selected in five consecutive NHL Drafts, and more than 400 players on team rosters last season committed to NCAA Division I schools, further establishing the USHL as the world’s foremost producer of junior hockey talent.
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