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Tuesday, December 7, 2021

Sharks’ Boffner names season-opening goalkeeper and a new alternate captain

SAN JOSE — Edin Hill will start the Sharks’ season-opener on Saturday when they host the Winnipeg Jets at the Sapp Center, but Bob Boffner isn’t declaring him his No. 1 goalkeeper.

After Saturday’s game, the Sharks play seven times over 12 days, starting with their game in Montreal on Tuesday, starting a five-game road trip.

“My message was, I don’t think I’m making anyone (No. 1) or 1A,” Boffner said. “These guys will have to compete for the nets all year round. Like most coaches, you want to run with a warm hand whenever possible. So, there will be a partnership here and we’ll see how it goes. ”

It is the first time Hill, who turned professional in 2016 and was acquired by the Sharks in July, has started a season-opening game in the NHL.

Hill, 25, had a 2-0-0 record and a .958 save percentage in two preseason games, and 33-year-old James Reimer was 1-0-1 with a .915 save percentage.

“We have two guys who can put in a long time playing the game and lifting the load,” Boffner said of his goal.

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“Even though (Reimer) is more experienced, (Hill), the way he has come into camp, his fitness level, both guys, you see how hard they work and compete, you can see the expansion of the game. And (I) feel comfortable with either one.”

New Optional: Boffner also said that defenseman Mario Ferraro will be the Sharks’ fourth alternate captain this season. Ferraro replaces Patrick Marleau, who was a substitute last season but is no longer with the team.

Ferraro, Erik Carlsen, Brent Burns and Tomas Hertl will be the alternate captains. This is Logan Couture’s third season as the shark’s captain.

The 23-year-old Ferraro is entering his third full NHL season. He and Brent Burns form the Sharks’ top defense pair.

“Mario has that connector (between the young and the old),” Boffner said. “With a youth team, you need a leader like Mario where the young people feel comfortable going to him with things. I think it’s a right choice.”

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