Sergei Andreyevich Bobrovsky (Russian: Серге́й Андреевич Бобровский; born 20 September 1988) is a Russian professional ice hockey goaltender for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL). He has also played in the NHL for the Philadelphia Flyers.
Bobrovsky with the Blue Jackets in 2014
20 September 1988|
Novokuznetsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||182 lb (83 kg; 13 st 0 lb)|
Columbus Blue Jackets|
SKA Saint Petersburg
Bobrovsky won the Vezina Trophy as the NHL's top regular season goaltender for the 2012–13 season after posting a 21–11–6 record and a .932 save percentage and again for the 2016–17 season, where he posted a 41–17–5 record and a .931 save percentage.
Bobrovsky was never drafted into the NHL. Philadelphia Flyers general manager Paul Holmgren has said that the Flyers considered drafting him during the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, but ultimately decided not to given the difficulty of signing Russian players at the time. After playing his first four professional seasons with Metallurg Novokuznetsk in Russia, Bobrovsky signed a three-year, entry-level contract with the Flyers on 6 May 2010. He was initially slated to begin his North American career with the American Hockey League (AHL)'s Adirondack Phantoms, but after impressing coaches during training camp, Bobrovsky replaced the injured starter Michael Leighton on the roster. After Leighton recovered, Bobrovsky continued to share goaltending duties with Brian Boucher.
Flyers head coach Peter Laviolette named Bobrovsky the starting goaltender for the opening game of the 2010–11 season against the Pittsburgh Penguins on 7 October 2010. In his NHL debut, Bobrovsky picked up a 3–2 win and was named the game's first star in the first regular season game at Pittsburgh's Consol Energy Center. At 22 years and 17 days, he became the youngest goaltender to win a season-opening game for the Flyers, eclipsing Ron Hextall, who started at 22 years and 159 days on 9 October, 1986. Bobrovsky was also the first Flyers rookie goaltender to win his NHL debut since Antero Niittymäki did so in 2004. Bobrovsky enjoyed a successful rookie season, posting a 28–13–8 record along with a .915 save percentage. However, after a disappointing showing during the playoffs in which he was often benched in favour of backup Brian Boucher, the Flyers signed Ilya Bryzgalov to a nine-year contract to be their new starting goaltender.
Columbus Blue JacketsEdit
After a season backing-up Bryzgalov, on 22 June 2012, Bobrovsky was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Columbus' second-round draft pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft (used to select Anthony Stolarz), a fourth-round pick in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft (used to select Taylor Leier) and the Phoenix Coyotes' fourth-round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft (used to select Justin Auger).
As a result of the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Bobrovsky signed a contract with SKA Saint Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL), but returned to the Blue Jackets when the lockout finished. After splitting time early in the season, Bobrovsky supplanted Steve Mason as Columbus' starting goaltender; it was Bobrovsky's first time as a starter since his rookie season in Philadelphia. Bobrovsky was instrumental in the Blue Jackets' push for a playoff spot, which ultimately came up just short as the team finished in ninth place in the Western Conference. Despite this, Bobrovsky had 21 wins, and career bests of a 2.00 goals against average (GAA) and a .932 save percentage. With this performance, he was awarded the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the league's top goaltender during the regular season.
On 3 December 2013, Bobrovsky was injured in a game against the Tampa Bay Lightning and would be out for four-to-five weeks. He returned to action on 6 January 2014, against the New York Rangers, earning a shootout victory by the score of 4–3. Bobrovsky also made a robbing glove save in the shootout on former Blue Jackets forward star Rick Nash, which was considered to be the game-saving save.
Bobrovsky backstopped the Blue Jackets in the 2014 playoffs, where they played the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Eastern Conference quarter-finals. On 19 April 2014, the Blue Jackets won their first playoff game in franchise history in Game 2 of the series, 4–3, followed by their second-ever playoff victory, in Game 4. Bobrovsky played well in Game 5, saving 48 of 50 shots for a 0.960 save percentage, although the Blue Jackets lost the game 3–1. The Blue Jackets were ultimately eliminated in Game 6 on 28 April, losing 4–3.
During the 2016–17 season, Bobrovsky posted a record of 41–17–5, good enough for second in the league while also setting a Blue Jackets franchise record for wins in a season by a goaltender. He also posted a 2.06 GAA, .931 save percentage (both of which led the league among qualifying goaltenders) and recorded seven shutouts (third in the league). He, along with the Washington Capitals' Braden Holtby, were the only goaltenders in the league to be in the top-five in each goaltender statistic category. For his efforts, Bobrovsky was rewarded with his second Vezina Trophy. However, Bobrovsky's regular season success did not carry over to the 2017 playoffs—in a 4–1 series loss to the Pittsburgh Penguins, Bobrovsky won only one game, posting a 3.88 GAA and .882 save percentage.
A 37–22–6 record during the 2017–18 season was once again good enough to propel the Blue Jackets to a playoff spot. They faced the Washington Capitals in the first round of the 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs, and though Columbus was able to stun Washington by winning the first two games of the series, Washington would win the next four straight, and then would eventually win the Stanley Cup. Bobrovsky posted a 3.18 goals-against-average during the playoffs.
Bobrovsky with the Russia national men's ice hockey team during the 2016 IIHF World Championship.
|2015 Czech Republic|
|World Junior Championships|
|2008 Czech Republic|
Bobrovsky participated in the 2007 Super Series, an eight-game series between Canadian and Russian juniors commemorating the 35th anniversary of the 1972 Summit Series, and garnered the most ice-time of any goaltender. At the end of that year, he played in the 2008 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, backstopping Russia to a bronze medal.
Bobrovsky was named as one of Russia's goaltender for the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi; he and Semyon Varlamov split time tending the net. After a disappointing loss in a shootout to the United States, the Russian team would end up being eliminated from the tournament by Finland with a 3–1 loss; Bobrovsky saw some action after Varlamov was pulled in the game.
Bobrovsky participated in the 2014 IIHF World Championship in Belarus as Russia's starting goaltender. In his first game, he saved all 27 shots, shutting-out Switzerland 5–0. Russia won a berth in the IIHF Finals against Finland, who eliminated Russia from the Sochi Olympics. Bobrovsky faced-off against fellow NHL goaltender Pekka Rinne of the Nashville Predators in the gold medal game. Russia went on to win the gold medal game 5–2, with Bobrovsky saving 24 out of 26 shots, backstopping the Russians to their second gold medal in the past three years in the tournament.
Bobrovsky was named the starting goaltender of Russia for the 2015 IIHF World Championship. On 9 May, he saved 13 shots including a penalty shot against Belarus in the group stage to help his team to a 7–0 win. On 16 May in the semifinal, Bobrovsky made several outstanding saves against the U.S., and led his team to a 4–0 win. He eventually finished with 35 saves and was named Player of the Game for Team Russia. On 17 May, he allowed 6 goals on 37 shots in the final, and although he made some great saves early on, it was not enough to keep his team from losing 6–1 to Canada.
Bobrovsky married Olya Dorokova on 16 August 2011. Bobrovsky's nicknames are; "Bob" and "The Number One Cop."
Records and achievementsEdit
- "Badge of Merit for the Town of Novokuznetsk" (21 June 2013) – presented by acting mayor of Novokuznetsk Sergey Kuznetsov
- Order of Honor (27 May 2014) – presented by the President of Russia Vladimir Putin for the victory at the 2014 IIHF World Championship as member of Russia men's national ice hockey team
- "Order of Honor of Kuzbass" (3 июня 2014) – presented by governor of Kemerovo Oblast Aman Tuleyev for the skills and professionalism in sports activities
- NHL All Star selection: 2015, 2017
- NHL Rookie of the Month: November 2010
- NHL's First Star of the Week: Weeks ending 10 March 2013, 14 April 2013, 16 March 2014, 31 March 2019
- NHL's Second Star of the Week: Week ending 6 March 2017
- NHL's Third Star of the Week: Week ending 17 March 2013
- NHL's First Star of the Month: December 2016
- NHL's Second Star of the Month: March 2017, March 2019
- NHL's Third Star of the Month: March 2013 
Columbus Blue JacketsEdit
- Most wins in a season: 41 (2016–17)
- Best goals against average in a season: 2.00 (2012–13)
- Best save percentage: .932 (2012–13)
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2012–13||SKA Saint Petersburg||KHL||24||18||3||2||1420||46||4||1.94||.932||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||38||21||11||6||2219||74||4||2.00||.932||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||58||32||20||5||3299||131||5||2.38||.923||6||2||4||378||20||0||3.17||.908|
|2014–15||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||51||30||17||3||2994||134||2||2.69||.918||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2015–16||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||37||15||19||1||2116||97||1||2.75||.908||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2016–17||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||63||41||17||5||3708||127||7||2.06||.931||5||1||4||310||20||0||3.88||.882|
|2017–18||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||65||37||22||6||3912||158||5||2.42||.921||6||2||4||416||22||0||3.18||.900|
|2018–19||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||62||37||24||1||3557||153||9||2.58||.913||10||6||4||623||25||0||2.41||.925|
Awards and honorsEdit
|First All-Star Team||2013, 2017|
|Vezina Trophy||2013, 2017|||
|NHL All-Star||2015†, 2017|
|WJC Top 3 player on Team||2008|
|WC Top 3 player on Team||2014, 2015, 2016|
|WC Best goaltender||2014|
† Could not play due to injury.
- Joe Siville (5 November 2010). "The Story of Bob". "PhiladelphiaFlyers.com". Retrieved 7 November 2010.
- "Flyers Sign Three Prospects". Philadelphia Flyers. 6 May 2010. Retrieved 5 July 2010.
- Adam Kimelman (14 July 2010). "Flyers confident they have a future starting goalie". NHL.com. Retrieved 7 November 2010.
- Mike G. Morreale (7 October 2010). "Russian rookie Bobrovsky gets nod in Flyers' net". NHL.com. Retrieved 7 November 2010.
- "Flyers spoil Pens' debut in new home with 3–2 win". NHL.com. 7 October 2010. Retrieved 7 November 2010.
- Frank Seravalli (8 October 2010). "Bobrovsky's play needs no translation as Flyers beat Penguins". philly.com. Retrieved 9 December 2015.
- Mike Brehm (22 June 2012). "Blue Jackets acquire goalie Bobrovsky". USAToday. Retrieved 22 June 2012.
- The National Hockey League Official Guide & Record Book/2014. Toronto: Diamond Sports Data, Inc. 2013. p. 593. ISBN 978-1-894801-26-3.
- "Bobrovsky, Lundqvist, Niemi named Vezina finalists". NHL.com. 8 May 2013. Retrieved 8 May 2014.
- Wyshynski, Greg. "Sergei Bobrovsky's 2-year deal another win for Blue Jackets management". Yahoo Sports. Retrieved 3 August 2015.
- Josh Janet (16 August 2011). "Flyers News and Notes: August 16, 2011". gcobb.com. Retrieved 8 January 2012.
- "Бобровский награжден знаком "За заслуги перед городом Новокузнецком"" [Bobrovsky Received the "Badge of Merit for the Town of Novokuznetsk"]. Sports.ru. 21 June 2013.
- "Победители чемпионата мира по хоккею 2014 года в Минске, удостоенные государственных наград Российской Федерации" [The Winners of the 2014 World Ice Hockey Championships in Minsk Received Government Awards of the Russian Federation]. news.kremlin.ru. 27 May 2014.
- "Бобровский награждён орденом "Почёта Кузбасса"" [Bobrovsky Received the "Order of Honor of Kuzbass"]. Championat.com. 3 June 2014.
- "Губернатор Тулеев наградил хоккеиста Сергея Бобровского" [Governor Tuleev Awarded Hockey Player Sergei Bobrovsky]. sport-42.ru. 3 June 2014.
- "Bobrovsky named November's Rookie of the Month". NHL.com. 2 December 2010. Retrieved 5 December 2010.
- "Bobrovsky, Crosby and Carter named 'Three Stars'". NHL.com. 11 March 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
- "Bobrovsky, Kessel and Bachman named 'Three Stars'". NHL.com. 15 April 2013. Retrieved 15 April 2014.
- "Bobrovsky leads 3 Stars of the Week". NHL.com. 1 April 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
- "Stewart, Turris, Bobrovsky named 'Stars' of week". NHL.com. 18 March 2013. Retrieved 21 March 2013.
- "McDavid leads 3 Stars of the Month". NHL.com. 2 April 2019. Retrieved 4 April 2019.
- "Crosby, Subban, Bobrovsky are March's 'Three Stars'". NHL.com. 1 April 2013. Retrieved 1 April 2013.
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|Awards and achievements|
| Winner of the Vezina Trophy