The Lincoln Stars will have a new goaltender in net for the 2017-18 season after Josef Korenar signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the San Jose Sharks of the NHL, San Jose announced Friday.
With Cayden Primeau moving on to Northeastern University, Korenar was expected to be Lincoln's top goalie heading into the fall after posting a 14-11-2 record and the second-best save percentage (.925) in the league last season. The 6-foot-1, 175-pound goalie from the Czech Republic also posted a 2.22 goals-against average for fourth-best in the USHL.
"We are extremely excited and happy that Josef has earned this opportunity while playing in Lincoln," Stars general manager Jon Hull said. "It speaks volumes to the caliber of play in the USHL and how players in the league are viewed by NHL scouts. We have to continue to attract skilled and high-character players to our organization and having players sign NHL contracts will help us continue to do this."
In other Stars news, forward Justin Richards announced Friday that he will play college hockey at the University of Minnesota-Duluth in the 2017-18 season.