Sergei Bobrovsky is a Russian goalie tasked with trying to help his country to its first Olympic hockey gold medals since 1992. Bobrovsky rose to elite status during the 2012-13 season, when he joined the NHL's Columbus Blue Jackets in a trade from the Philadelphia Flyers and immediately took off. Bobrovsky won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's best goalie with a strong 2.00 goals-against average and .932 save percentage in 2012-13. And although Bobrovsky has been hampered by injuries throughout the 2013-14 season, he is still viewed as one of the better goalies in hockey.
- Won the 2013 Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top goalie.
- Member of the NHL's First All-Star Team in 2013.
- Won a bronze medal at the 2008 World Junior Championships.
Things to know:
1. His nickname is "Bob", which is a shortened version of his last name.
2. During the 2012-13 NHL lockout, he played for SKA Saint Petersburg, where he was a teammate with 2014 Russian Olympic teammate Ilya Kovalchuk. Following the 2012-13 season, Kovalchuk would stunningly leave the NHL at age 30 to rejoin SKA Saint Petersburg.
3. Shares a birthday with 2014 Canadian Olympic hockey player John Tavares, as well as Hockey Hall of Famer Guy Lafleur.