Devin Cooley

Former Sharks goalie, Los Gatos native Cooley headed to Flames

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Former Sharks goaltender and Bay Area native Devin Cooley signed a two-year contract with the Calgary Flames on Monday.

Cooley's contract will be a two-way deal ($775,000 NHL/$400,000 AHL) in 2024-25 and a $775,000 one-way in 2025-26, according to his agency Gold Star Hockey.

In his first NHL season, the 27-year-old Los Gatos native started six games for the Sharks in 2023-24. After San Jose traded Kaapo Kahkonen to the New Jersey Devils, Cooley was elevated to the Sharks' No. 3 netminder.

The former Jr. Shark became the first Bay Area native to appear in net for San Jose. Cooley posted a 2-3-1 record in those appearances, allowing just under five goals per game. He picked up his first NHL victory on April 6 in overtime against the St. Louis Blues.

After his Flames contract was announced, Cooley sent a message to Sheng Peng of San Jose Hockey Now that addressed his appreciation for the organization and the Sharks' fanbase.

The statement reads, "Even though my time playing for San Jose was short, it will always hold a special place in my heart and be the place of my best hockey memories to date. Even though I won’t be playing for the Sharks anymore, I’ll still be watching from the outside as a fan, just like I have been since I was a kid (except when they’re playing Calgary of course haha).”

Following Cooley's departure, the Sharks will look to pick up a new No. 3 goalie behind Mackenzie Blackwood and Vitek Vanecek.

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