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An Eight-Year Extension For Tomas Hertl And The San Jose Sharks

03/16/2022 at 6:47pm EDT

SAN JOSE, CA - San Jose Sharks (@SanJoseSharks) Assistant General Manager Joe Will announced today that center Tomas Hertl has agreed to terms on an eight-year contract extension. Per club policy, terms of the deal were not disclosed.

"Tomas has evolved into a premier top-line centerman in the league, competing against the NHL's best players every single night and delivering significant results," said Assistant General Manager Joe Will. "There are few centermen in the NHL with his combination of physical and dynamic play and he is a player that you build a franchise around. We are fortunate to have two of the league's top centermen on one team with Tomas and Logan Couture.

"By agreeing to this contract, Tomas is cementing his path with the Sharks, following in the footsteps of some incredible players who have worn the Sharks crest. He has shown that he wants to play in San Jose for years to come and it shows his dedication to the organization and community since he joined the team in 2012. We are thrilled to have Tomas for another eight years."

Hertl, 28, currently ranks second on San Jose this season in points (48) and co-leads in goals (25), while ranking tied for first in overtime goals (3) among all NHL skaters. He earned a career-best eight-game point streak, scoring eight goals and four assists from Dec. 5 through Dec. 30. On Jan. 8 against Philadelphia, he became the seventh player in league history to record a natural hat trick with the overtime game-winning goal. He also collected a career-best four assists on Jan. 17 against Los Angeles.

Over the course of his career, Hertl has vaulted up the franchise lists. He currently ranks seventh in points (371), sixth in goals (176) and 11th in assists (195). His six overtime goals are tied for third with Couture among Sharks players. During the 2018-19 season, he became just the second Sharks player in team history to record two hat tricks in the same calendar month, recording a hat trick on Jan. 15 vs. Pittsburgh and Jan. 22 at Washington (Rob Gaudreau, Dec. 1992). Overall, he has tallied five career hat tricks.

Among several career accolades and achievements, Hertl was named to the 2020 NHL All-Star game and scored four goals in a single game, an NHL record for the 3-on-3 format at the time and registered the game-winning goal in the championship game. He also was named the NHL Player of the Week for Oct. 6-13, 2013 (First Star) after his four-goal game against the New York Rangers, NHL Rookie of the Month in Oct. 2013, and also earned the Sharks Player of the Year (co-winner) in the 2018-19 season and Sharks Rookie of the Year (co-winner) in the 2013-14 season.

In the Stanley Cup Playoffs, Hertl has recorded 42 points (24 goals, 18 assists) in 62 games played. His 24 postseason goals rank fifth in franchise history and is eighth in points. In the 2019 postseason, with his goal in double overtime of Game 6 of the First Round at Vegas, he became the first player in NHL history to score a shorthanded, game-winning goal in a game that required multiple overtimes. By the end of the postseason run, he finished fourth in the League in playoff goals despite playing in seven less games than the second and third place players. In 2017-18, he led the team in postseason goals.

Internationally, he has represented the Czech Republic in the World Championships (2013-15) and the World Junior Championships (2012-13).

The six-foot-three, 215-pound centerman was originally drafted by the San Jose Sharks in the 2012 NHL Draft (first round, 17th overall).

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