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Jake Allen (ice hockey)

Jake Allen (born August 7, 1990) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender for the St. Louis Blues of the National Hockey League (NHL). Allen was selected by the Blues in the second round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft with the 34th overall pick. Allen won the Stanley Cup in 2019 with the Blues.

Jake Allen
Jake Allen - Blues vs Lightning (2).jpg
Allen with the Blues in 2011
Born (1990-08-07) August 7, 1990 (age 29)
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team St. Louis Blues
NHL Draft 34th overall, 2008
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 2010–present

Early lifeEdit

Allen was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, the son of Kurt and Susan Allen.[1] Allen grew up in St. Stephen, New Brunswick, where his father worked as a high school teacher until 1999. He started playing hockey at a young age, first as a skater, then switched to the goalie position.

Playing careerEdit

Allen played for the Midget "AAA" Canadiens under Kevin Pottle, before being drafted in the third round of the QMJHL draft to the St. John's Fog Devils. After one season with the Fog Devils, Allen was picked to play for the Under-18 World Hockey Championship in Kazan, Russia where he won gold and was named tournament MVP and top goalie. In 2008, the Fog Devils were sold and moved to Montreal, becoming the Montreal Junior Hockey Club. In 2009, Allen represented Canada at the World Junior Ice Hockey Championship in Saskatoon, winning silver after posting 4 wins and 1 subsequent loss in the final to the Americans. Allen was traded to Drummondville after the World Juniors tournament, and posted a record of 18 wins and 3 losses with a save percentage of .933% and 1.75 GAA. He was named the recipient of the Jacques Plante Memorial Trophy as goalie of the year in the QMJHL in 2009–10.

On October 22, 2008, Allen was signed by the St. Louis Blues to an entry-level contract.[2] He made his NHL debut during the playoffs on April 30, 2012, coming in to briefly relieve Brian Elliott late in the Blues' second game against the Los Angeles Kings in the Western Conference semi-finals. During the shortened 2012–13 season, Allen was recalled to the Blues and recorded his first career NHL start and win in a 4–3 overtime victory over the Detroit Red Wings on February 13, 2013.[3] He has scored one goal.

On April 17, 2014, Allen was named the Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award winner as the American Hockey League's (AHL) Outstanding Goaltender for the 2013–14 season.[4]

On March 26, 2016, Allen shutout the Washington Capitals to help the Blues break their record for longest stretch without allowing a goal.[5] In the 2015–16 season, he had a 2.35 GAA with a .920 save percentage.

During the 2016–17 season, Allen was pulled four times in six starts during a rough stretch of play, including a poor showing on January 19, where he allowed four goals on 10 shots against the Washington Capitals.[6] Allen did not travel with the team to Winnipeg for the January 21 game against the Winnipeg Jets, and stayed home to be with his newborn daughter. He was scheduled to rejoin the team on January 23, for the remaining two games of the road trip.[7] His play soon rebounded however, and he was named Second Star of the Week on February 13.[8] Allen went 3–0–0 with a 1.00 goals-against average, a .967 save percentage along with his 13th career shutout against the Ottawa Senators (February 7). His two other wins were against the Toronto Maple Leafs (2–1 OT, 31 saves, February 9), and Montreal Canadiens (February 11).[9]

Allen won the Stanley Cup in 2019 as the backup to rookie Jordan Binnington in the 2019 Stanley Cup playoffs. He had begun the season as the starting gaoltender, but after the team dove to last place in the league half way through the season the young rookie was given a shot. While Binnington shone in goal, Allen finished the second half of the season with an average 5-4-4 record. During this times, Allen chose to take an active role in the team's success while backing up Binnington, mentoring and working with the teams scouts so he could coach Binnington on different opponents, and even working with his goalie coach to mimic other goaltenders' styles of play so his teammates could practice scoring on their opponents.[10] [11]

Personal lifeEdit

In 2016, Allen created a painting of the St. Louis skyline for the Kidney Foundation of Canada Atlantic Branch's "A Brush of Hope" Celebrity Art Auction. His painting was auctioned off on ebay.ca in a ten-day online auction.

In January 2017, Allen's fiancé, Shannon Adams, gave birth to their first daughter.[12] The couple gave birth to their second daughter in April 2018 and married later that year in August.[13]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2007–08 St. John's Fog Devils QMJHL 30 9 8 4 1507 76 2 3.14 .901 4 2 1 128 8 0 3.74 .855
2008–09 Montreal Junior Hockey Club QMJHL 53 28 25 0 3023 144 3 2.86 .916 10 4 6 585 35 1 3.59 .897
2009–10 Montreal Junior Hockey Club QMJHL 23 11 11 0 1241 55 1 2.66 .912
2009–10 Drummondville Voltigeurs QMJHL 22 18 3 0 1271 37 3 1.75 .933 14 9 5 840 34 1 2.43 .899
2010–11 Peoria Rivermen AHL 47 25 19 3 2805 118 6 2.52 .917 3 0 3 189 12 0 3.80 .888
2011–12 Peoria Rivermen AHL 38 13 20 2 2148 105 1 2.93 .915
2011–12 St. Louis Blues NHL 1 0 0 1 0 0 0.00 .000
2012–13 Peoria Rivermen AHL 35 13 19 2 2054 99 2 2.89 .904
2012–13 St. Louis Blues NHL 15 9 4 0 804 33 1 2.46 .905
2013–14 Chicago Wolves AHL 52 33 16 3 3138 106 7 2.03 .928 9 3 6 511 28 1 3.29 .879
2014–15 St. Louis Blues NHL 37 22 7 4 2077 79 4 2.28 .913 6 2 4 328 12 0 2.20 .904
2015–16 St. Louis Blues NHL 47 26 15 3 2584 101 6 2.35 .920 5 1 1 170 7 0 2.49 .897
2016–17 St. Louis Blues NHL 61 33 20 5 3419 138 4 2.42 .915 11 6 5 675 22 0 1.96 .935
2017–18 St. Louis Blues NHL 59 27 25 3 3317 152 1 2.75 .906
2018–19 St. Louis Blues NHL 46 19 17 8 2568 121 3 2.83 .905 1 0 0 24 1 0 2.45 .750
NHL totals 265 136 88 23 14,768 624 19 2.54 .911 24 9 10 1197 42 0 2.10 .922

Awards and honoursEdit

Medal record
Representing  
Ice hockey
IIHF World U18 Championships
  2008 Russia
World Junior Hockey Championships
  2010 Canada
Award Year
QMJHL
Jacques Plante Memorial Trophy (Best Goaltender) 2010
First All-Star Team 2010
CHL First All-Star Team 2010
CHL Goaltender of the Year 2010
AHL
All-Star Game 2011, 2014
First All-Star Team 2014 [14]
Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award 2014 [4]
NHL
All-Rookie Team 2013, 2015 [15]
Stanley Cup (St. Louis Blues) 2019 [16]
International
WJC18 All-Star Team 2008 [17]
WJC18 Best Goaltender 2008
WJC18 MVP 2008

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Korac, Louie (March 19, 2013). "Career path beginning to pay off for Blues' Allen". NHL.com. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  2. ^ "Player Bio – Jake Allen". The Hockey News. January 2, 2012. Retrieved January 2, 2012.
  3. ^ Korac, Louie (February 13, 2013). "Steen's tally lifts Blues past Red Wings in OT". NHL.com. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
  4. ^ a b "Allen Named AHL's Outstanding Goaltender". NHL.com. April 17, 2014.
  5. ^ Brown, Katie (March 26, 2016). "Blues blank Capitals to continue streak". NHL.com. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  6. ^ "Capitals score seven for second straight game". NHL.com. January 19, 2017.
  7. ^ "Players, coaches show support for Allen". NHL.com. January 21, 2017.
  8. ^ "Jason Pominville leads 3 Stars of the Week". NHL.com. February 13, 2017. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
  9. ^ "Allen named NHL's second star of the week". NHL.com. February 13, 2017.
  10. ^ "Allen took the high road in handling the Binnington phenomenon". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. June 16, 2019.
  11. ^ "Jake Allen Interview". iheartradio. July 31, 2019.
  12. ^ "Blues Jake Allen welcomes baby girl, Lennon Everly". fox2now.com. January 7, 2017. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
  13. ^ Thomas, Jim (September 17, 2018). "Allen's offseason: Joy mixed with hometown tragedy and back spasms". St. Louis Dispatch. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
  14. ^ "2013–14 AHL All-Star Team". Observer-Dispatch. April 10, 2014. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
  15. ^ "Allen Named to NHL All-Rookie Team". St. Louis Blues Official Website. June 29, 2013. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
  16. ^ "Blues win cup for first time, defeat Bruins in Game 7 of final". National Hockey League. June 12, 2019. Retrieved June 12, 2019.
  17. ^ "All-Star Team unveiled". Elite Prospects. January 2, 2012. Retrieved January 2, 2012.

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