Jake Allen (ice hockey)
Allen with the Blues in 2011
August 7, 1990|
Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||203 lb (92 kg; 14 st 7 lb)|
|NHL team||St. Louis Blues|
34th overall, 2008|
St. Louis Blues
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.
Allen was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, the son of Kurt and Susan Allen. 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.
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. 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. He has scored one goal.
On March 26, 2016, Allen shutout the Washington Capitals to help the Blues break their record for longest stretch without allowing a goal. 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. 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. His play soon rebounded however, and he was named Second Star of the Week on February 13. 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).
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 goaltender, 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 a pedestrian 5-4-4 record. During this time, 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. 
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.
Regular season and playoffs
|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||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||St. Louis Blues||NHL||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||1||0||0||1||0||0||0.00||.000|
|2012–13||St. Louis Blues||NHL||15||9||4||0||804||33||1||2.46||.905||—||—||—||—||—||—||—||—|
|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|
Awards and honours
|IIHF World U18 Championships|
|World Junior Hockey Championships|
|Jacques Plante Memorial Trophy (Best Goaltender)||2010|
|First All-Star Team||2010|
|CHL First All-Star Team||2010|
|CHL Goaltender of the Year||2010|
|All-Star Game||2011, 2014|
|First All-Star Team||2014|||
|Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award||2014|||
|All-Rookie Team||2013, 2015|||
|Stanley Cup (St. Louis Blues)||2019|||
|WJC18 All-Star Team||2008|||
|WJC18 Best Goaltender||2008|
- Korac, Louie (March 19, 2013). "Career path beginning to pay off for Blues' Allen". NHL.com. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
- "Player Bio – Jake Allen". The Hockey News. January 2, 2012. Retrieved January 2, 2012.
- Korac, Louie (February 13, 2013). "Steen's tally lifts Blues past Red Wings in OT". NHL.com. Retrieved April 3, 2018.
- "Allen Named AHL's Outstanding Goaltender". NHL.com. April 17, 2014.
- Brown, Katie (March 26, 2016). "Blues blank Capitals to continue streak". NHL.com. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
- "Capitals score seven for second straight game". NHL.com. January 19, 2017.
- "Players, coaches show support for Allen". NHL.com. January 21, 2017.
- "Jason Pominville leads 3 Stars of the Week". NHL.com. February 13, 2017. Retrieved April 5, 2018.
- "Allen named NHL's second star of the week". NHL.com. February 13, 2017.
- "Allen took the high road in handling the Binnington phenomenon". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. June 16, 2019.
- "Jake Allen Interview". iheartradio. July 31, 2019.
- "Blues Jake Allen welcomes baby girl, Lennon Everly". fox2now.com. January 7, 2017. Retrieved April 4, 2018.
- Thomas, Jim (September 17, 2018). "Allen's offseason: Joy mixed with hometown tragedy and back spasms". St. Louis Dispatch. Retrieved February 10, 2019.
- "2013–14 AHL All-Star Team". Observer-Dispatch. April 10, 2014. Retrieved April 10, 2014.
- "Allen Named to NHL All-Rookie Team". St. Louis Blues Official Website. June 29, 2013. Retrieved July 1, 2013.
- "Blues win cup for first time, defeat Bruins in Game 7 of final". National Hockey League. June 12, 2019. Retrieved June 12, 2019.
- "All-Star Team unveiled". Elite Prospects. January 2, 2012. Retrieved January 2, 2012.