Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Seamus Kotyk

7 NHL Games

November 22, 2003 San Jose Sharks vs Nashville Predators. 3-1 win.
November 26, 2003 San Jose Sharks vs Chicago Blackhawks. 3-2 win
November 28, 2003 San Jose Sharks vs Minnesota Wild. 2-1 win.
November 30, 2003 San Jose Sharks vs Edmonton Oilers. 2-1 win.
December 2, 2003 San Jose Sharks vs Calgary Flames. 1-3 loss.
December 4, 2003 San Jose Sharks vs Colorado Avalanche. 2-2 tie.
December 6, 2003 San Jose Sharks vs Dallas Stars. 2-1 win.

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    Seamus Kotyk had a exceptional junior career with the OHL's Ottawa 67's. In 1999 he lead the 67's to the OHL championship and in the process he was awarded the Wayne Gretzky 99 Trophy as OHL playoff MVP. He then helped Ottawa claim the most prestigious prize in junior hockey, the Memorial Cup. NHL scouts took notice, ranking him as the third best goalie available in the draft that summer.  The Boston Bruins would select him in the fifth round, 147th overall. That summer Kotyk made a big step towards his NHL dream as he was invited to Boston's training camp. While at the training camp Boston staff detected that something wasn't right with Kotyk. Further diagnosis concluded that he suffered from a rare heart problem, cardiac arrhythmia, which basically means his heart was beating faster than normal.  He quickly underwent surgery to repair the problem and spent the remainder of his summer rehabilitating in order to rejoin the 67's. Early February, 2000 Kotyk experienced the biggest set back of his career. During a 67's game Kotyk collapsed in Ottawa's net and had to be carried out on a stretcher in front of a horrified crowd. It would be 8 long month of rehab before Seamus could return to the game again.

    Seamus Kotyk attended the 1999 and 2000 Boston Bruins training camps but was not offered a contract by the organization. He was signed by the Sharks as a free agent July 23, 2001. Kotyk then toiled in the minors with San Jose's AHL team, the Cleveland Barons, for a couple years before getting the big call. On November 21, 2003 Sharks goalie Evgeni Nabokov was injured in a game against the Phoenix Coyotes. Nabokov missed San Jose's next 7 games while recovering from a stained groin.  Enter Seamus Kotyk, who was given the call to serve as Vesa Toskala's backup. Toskala played exceptionally well through this period and Kotyk's services went unneeded. When Nabokov was back to full health, Kotyk was sent back to the minors for good. When asked about his time in the NHL Kotyk said, "it was bittersweet, it's great to be there, you're ecstatic. You're literally pinching yourself and it's something I'll never forget. But you're also going to the rink every night hoping to see your name in the lineup. You want to be out there playing."

  • Wore #1 with the San Jose Sharks

Career stats from
Born  -- London, ONT 
Height 5.11 -- Weight 187 [180 cm/85 kg]
Drafted by Boston Bruins - round 5 #147 overall 1999 NHL Entry Draft
RS ScoringRS Goalie StatsPO Scoring
1995-96Wellington DukesMetJHL142280857004.23
1997-98Ottawa 67'sOHL3102142263042.6613555450.896700
1998-99Ottawa 67'sOHL41014231492152.3926749020.907510
1999-00Ottawa 67'sOHL2642124165113.1412625780.899---
2000-01Ottawa 67'sOHL55143087141322.742420712990.9022008
2001-02Cleveland BaronsAHL240298161613.7361105070.893---
2002-03Cleveland BaronsAHL340121838118123.8572229510.890---
2003-04Cleveland BaronsAHL3014176873012.48131059060.925---
2004-05Milwaukee AdmiralsAHL2322113856002.9510614590.891100
2004-05Rockford IceHogsUHL6003586111.005101360.958---
2005-06Houston AerosAHL352181977100223.03151528910.899100
2005-06Augusta LynxECHL3021614111.49210820.953---
2006-07Wolfsburg EHC2.GBun500
2007-08Innsbruck HCAustria2034200
2008-09Innsbruck HCAustria45024
Coaching [notes]
2010-11Sault Ste. Marie GreyhoundsOHLGoalie
2011-12Sault Ste. Marie GreyhoundsOHLAssistant
2012-13Sault Ste. Marie GreyhoundsOHLAssistant

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