Sunday, September 1, 2013

Timo Pielmeier Autograph Card

Always a fan of journeyman goaltenders, I was more than happy to find this card in a pack of In the Game's 2010-11 Between The Pipes back in the day:

It's card #A-TP of the Future Stars and GoalieGraphs sub-sets, signed in black sharpie on a sticker. It shows German goalie Timo Pielmeier, a former San Jose Sharks third-round pick in 2007, seen here wearing the Syracuse Crunch uniform, at the time the Anaheim Ducks' AHL affiliate.

He played his only NHL game with the Ducks in 2010-11, letting in 5 goals in two periods for a 7.50 GAA, and played his Junior hockey in Québec's LHJMQ.

The Ducks sent him to the New Jersey Devils in 2011, who pretty much buried him in the ECHL, so last season he went back to Germany, played for the tier-two team Landshut Cannibals (yes, you read that right!), where he posted his best stats ever (including Juniors), playing in all 48 games, posting a 2.27 GAA with 4 shutouts and two assists, which earned him a promotion in the form of a contract offer for the top-tier team ERC Ingolstadt for the upcoming season.

His two assists aren't his best offensive feat, as he's actually scored a goal in the ECHL in 2009-2010, whilst playing for the Bakersfield Condors, the 10th-ever goalie to do so in league history.

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