Alex Stalock was acquired by the Cedar Rapids Roughriders from the Sioux Falls Stampede in July 2004 for a second-round pick in the 2005 USHL Draft and was able to split time with USHL veteran goalie Dan Tormey during the regular season. Stalock’s 2.73 goals-against average was seventh in the USHL for the regular season and his .905 save percentage was good for eighth. While these were good numbers for the USHL rookie, the best was yet to come.
The St. Paul, Minn. native established himself as Cedar Rapids’ starting goalie in the USHL playoffs as the Roughriders’ hot hand. Head Coach Mark Carlson gave Stalock a shot in Game 2 against the Indiana Ice in the first round of the USHL Playoffs and Stalock reacted with a 41-save performance in a 6-2 win. USHL Second-Team All-Star Dan Tormey finished off the Ice, but Carlson looked to Stalock for the rest of the playoffs. Stalock never allowed more than two goals in any game, and his 40+ save performances against the Chicago Steel were vital advancing Cedar Rapids to the Clark Cup Finals against the Sioux City Muskateers, who took the Roughriders to Game 5 (winner take all) before Stalock and the Riders won the USHL Championship. Stalock posted a .950 save percentage and a 1.44 goals-against average in nine playoff games with a record of 7-2.
An accomplished Minnesota goalie, Stalock led South St. Paul High to the semi-finals of the 2004 Minnesota Class A State Tournament, where he was named to the All-Tournament Team. Stalock also participated in the USA Hockey Select 17 Festival in St. Cloud, Minnesota in July 2004.
Stalock was chosen in the fourth round, 112th overall, of the 2005 NHL Draft by the San Jose Sharks.
2007-08: Stalock proved to be a real puck-stopper and had the number, as well as a team MVP award, to back up the claim. He closed out his sophomore season by becoming just the third UMD goalie to ever start every game. He compiled a 2.35 goals against average and a .914 save percentage, which both were the second best single-season marks ever turned in by a Bulldog in 36 games. He was a three-time WCHA Defensive Player of the Week honoree. He posted three shutouts and is currently tied for third on the Bulldogs’ all-time charts with four career blankings. He set a UMD record by holding the opposition scoreless for a span of 137:37 between Jan. 19-26.
2008-09: Alex Stalock continued his dominance of the WCHA in 2008-2009. The University Of Minnesota-Duluth goaltender played in 42 games with the Bulldogs, finishing with a record of 21-13-8 and a .924 save percentage on his way being named to the NCAA’s First team All-American squad. Stalock also finished the year with 5 shutouts, and a GAA of 2.13.
2009-10: After a dazzling NCAA career as a member of the University of Minnesota-Duluth Bulldogs, Alex Stalock turned pro in 2009-2010 and joined the Worcester Sharks(AHL). Stalock set a career high in games played in 2009-2010 appearing in 61 games, finishing with a record of 39-19-2. Stalock also maintained a solid GAA of 2.63 and .908 save percentage. With his 39 wins, the rookie netminder surpassed Corey Hirsh’s rookie record of 35 wins. He was also named to the AHL’s All-Rookie Team.
2010-11: Stalock made his NHL debut, stopping all nine shots he faced in relief of starter Antti Niemi in his only NHL appearance. Stalock was credited with the win when the Sharks scored four third period goals for a comeback win against Phoenix. Stalock handled the bulk of the goaltending duties for AHL affiliate Worcester for the second straight season. In 41 games he was 19-21 with a 2.63 GAA and .907 save percentage. Worcester missed the playoffs, finishing three points behind Connecticut for the final spot.
2011-12: Stalock was out of hockey for about a year with a severed tendon in the back of his knee when it was cut with a skate late last season. There were thoughts that his career could be over and if he would walk properly again. The hardworking goalie trained as much as possible and finally returned to play a couple of AHL games late this season. He was sent down to the ECHL for conditioning before returning to the AHL and agreed to be loaned to the Peoria Riverman to get more game action for the rest of the season. The talented goaltender started to show his old All-Star form in the last three games, having 1.13 goals against average with a .964 save percentage and a shutout for the Riverman.
Stalock is a big, mobile athletic goaltender who plays a more positional style over the hybrid butterfly and can read the play really well. He's a big save goalie and plays big in his crease but is also incredibly steady, focused and extremely hardworking. One of the Stalock's best assets is probably his excellent puck handling skills which allows him to play like a third defensemen for his team. The netminder could be an NHL workhorse and a successful one too.
Stalock was dealt by the San Jose Sharks along with Ben Smith and a conditional pick to the Toronto Maple Leafs in exchange for James Reimer and Jeremy Morin.