September 20, 1988 |
Novokuznetsk, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
|Height||6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
|Columbus Blue Jackets
Metallurg Novokuznetsk (RSL/KHL)
SKA Saint Petersburg (KHL)
Sergei Andreyevich "Bob" Bobrovsky (Russian: Сергей Андреевич Бобровский; born September 20, 1988) is a Russian professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Columbus Blue Jackets of the National Hockey League (NHL).
Playing career 
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 May 6, 2010. He was initially slated to begin his North American career with the American Hockey League's Adirondack Phantoms, but after impressing coaches during training camp, Bobrovsky replaced the injured starter Michael Leighton on the roster. Even after Leighton recovered, Bobrovsky continued to share 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 October 7, 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 October 9, 1986. He was also the first Flyers rookie goaltender to win his NHL debut since Antero Niittymäki in 2004. Bobrovsky enjoyed a successful rookie season in 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 favor of backup Brian Boucher, the Flyers signed Ilya Bryzgalov to a nine-year contract to be the new starter.
After a year backing up Bryzgalov, on June 22, 2012 Bobrovsky was traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Columbus' second-round and a fourth-round picks in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft and Phoenix's fourth-round pick in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
As a result of the 2012–13 NHL lockout, Bobrovsky signed a contract with SKA Saint Petersburg of the Kontinental Hockey League but began playing for the Blue Jackets when the lockout finished. After splitting time early in the season, Bobrovsky supplanted Steve Mason as Columbus's 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 9th place in the Western Conference. Despite this, Bobrovsky had 21 wins, and career highs of a 2.00 GAA and a .932 save percentage. He was nominated for the Vezina Trophy, awarded to the league's top goaltender.
International play 
|Competitor for Russia|
|World Junior Championships|
|Bronze||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 married Olga Dorokova on August 16, 2011.
Awards and achievements 
NHL Rookie of the Month - November 2010
NHL First Star of the Week - Week ending March 10, 2013
NHL Third Star of the Week - Week ending March 17, 2013
NHL Third Star of the Month - March, 2013 
NHL First Star of the Week - Week ending April 14, 2013
Career statistics 
Regular season 
|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|
|Junior int'l totals||6||4||2||0||366||15||0||2.46||.919|
- Joe Siville (2010-11-05). "The Story of Bob". "PhiladelphiaFlyers.com". Retrieved 2010-11-07.
- "Flyers Sign Three Prospects". Philadelphia Flyers. 2010-05-06. Retrieved 2010-07-05.
- Adam Kimelman (2010-07-14). "Flyers confident they have a future starting goalie". NHL.com. Retrieved 2010-11-07.
- Mike G. Morreale (2010-10-07). "Russian rookie Bobrovsky gets nod in Flyers' net". NHL.com. Retrieved 2010-11-07.
- "Flyers spoil Pens' debut in new home with 3-2 win". NHL.com. 2010-10-07. Retrieved 2010-11-07.
- "Bobrovsky's play needs no translation as Flyers beat Penguins (Todays paper nwes, 8 Oct 10) - PhilaPhans". "PhilaPhans". 2010-10-08. Retrieved 2010-10-11.
- Mike Brehm (2012-06-22). "Blue Jackets acquire goalie Bobrovsky". USAToday. Retrieved 2012-06-22.
- "Bobrovsky, Lundqvist, Niemi named Vezina finalists". NHL.com. 2013-05-08. Retrieved 2014-05-08.
- Josh Janet (2011-08-16). "Flyers News and Notes: August 16, 2011". gcobb.com. Retrieved 2012-01-08.
- "Bobrovsky named November's Rookie of the Month". NHL.com. 2010-12-02. Retrieved 2010-12-05.
- "Bobrovsky, Crosby and Carter named 'Three Stars'". NHL.com. 2013-03-11. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
- "Stewart, Turris, Bobrovsky named 'Stars' of week". NHL.com. 2013-03-18. Retrieved 2013-03-21.
- "Crosby, Subban, Bobrovsky are March's 'Three Stars'". NHL.com. 2013-04-01. Retrieved 2013-04-01.
- "Bobrovsky, Kessel and Bachman named 'Three Stars'". NHL.com. 2013-04-15. Retrieved 2014-04-15.
Further reading 
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to: Sergei Bobrovsky|
- Sergei Bobrovsky's career stats at Eliteprospects.com
- Sergei Bobrovsky – player profile and career stats at European Hockey.Net
- Sergei Bobrovsky's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Sergei Bobrovsky at Hockey-Reference.com
- Sergei Bobrovsky's player profile at NHL.com
- Sergei Bobrovsky's player profile at TSN.ca