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"Motivation to work even harder"
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Juni 29, 2004; 01:32
"Motivation to work even harder"
San Jose draftee Thomas Greiss shares his thoughts on his selection
Frank Johne


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Cologne/Munich, Germany - 18-year-old goaltender Thomas Greiss was the only German player selected in this year's NHL Entry Draft. Check out what the San Jose Sharks draftee had to say after his selection.

Fussen-native Thomas Greiss of the Kolner Haie
"Surprised": 3rd-round pick Thomas Greiss
Leading DEL Scorers
(as of Feb 19, 2005)

Q: Thomas, the San Jose Sharks selected you in the 3rd round of the NHL Entry Draft in Raleigh, N.C., this weekend. How did you follow the draft?

A: I don't have access to the internet at the moment. I learned it from my mother who got a call from my agent.

Q: Were you nervous?

A: I actually wasn't too nervous. But the draft was on my mind all weekend.

Q: Were you surprised that you were picked that early on, 94th overall?

A: Absolutely. I did not expect to be picked before round 7. I'm very happy, of course. And I think it's somewhat of an appreciation of my efforts.

Q: You actually missed a live television appearance on ESPN and TSN...

A: Yes, the players picked in the first three rounds are presented on the podium with a team jersey and cap, and it's being broadcast all over North America. It would have definitely been a great experience. But I never expected to be selected that early.

Q: What are your feelings about being picked?

A:I think it's a motivation to work even harder in the future. Each hockey player dreams about playing in the NHL one day. But you never know if it's gonna work out.

Q: What are your plans for the near future? Will you be heading across the pond this summer to participate in a camp?

A: I don't have any particular plans at the moment. I plan to play the upcoming season in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL) with the Kölner Haie. We'll see what the future brings.

(Interview courtesy of Phillip Walter, Kölner Haie)
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