Niemi goes from being a Shark in San Jose to a Pelican in Finland


It’s a homecoming of sorts for Sharks goalie Antti Niemi during the lockout.

Niemi signed a one-month contract to play for Pelicans Lahti (link in Finnish) in the SM-liiga in Finland during the lockout according to the team website.

For Niemi he returns, albeit briefly, to the team he got his professional start with back in 2005-06. It was there he proved his worth to the Chicago Blackhawks who signed him as an undrafted free agent in 2008. Two years later he was leading Chicago to their first Stanley Cup since 1961.

Niemi has been with the Sharks the past two seasons after not being re-signed by Chicago after winning the Cup.