Jake Allen (ice hockey)

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Jake Allen
Jake Allen - Blues vs Lightning (2).jpg
Born (1990-08-07) August 7, 1990 (age 26)
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
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 34th overall, 2008
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 2010–present

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 St. Louis Blues in the second round of the 2008 NHL Entry Draft with the 34th overall pick.

Early life[edit]

Allen was born in Fredericton, New Brunswick, the son of Kurt and Susan Allen of Fredericton. 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 career[edit]

Allen played for the Midget "AAA" Canadians 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. The next season the Fog Devils were sold and moved to Montreal becoming the Montreal Juniors. One season later he was picked to play in the World Juniors in Saskatoon, winning silver and posting 4 wins 1 loss in the final to the Americans. Allen was traded to Drummondville after the World Juniors tournament and had a record of 18 wins and 3 losses with a save percentage of .933% and 1.75 GAA. Allen won the Jacques Plante 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.[1]

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 win in a 4–3 overtime victory over the Detroit Red Wings on February 13, 2013.

On April 17, 2014, he was named the Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award winner as the American Hockey League's (AHL) Outstanding Goaltender for the 2013–14 season.[2]

On March 26, 2016, he shutout the Washington Capitals to help the Blues break their record for longest stretch without allowing a goal.

2016–17 season[edit]

He did not travel with the team to Winnipeg for the January 21 game against the Jets, and stayed home to be with his newborn daughter. He was scheduled to rejoin the team on Monday, January 23, for the remaining two games of the road trip.[3] He was pulled for the fourth time in six starts after another poor showing on January 19, allowing four goals on 10 shots against the Washington Capitals.[4] On January 21, he has a 2.85 GAA with a .897 Save percentage. In the 2015–16 season, he had a 2.35 GAA with a .920 save percentage.

He was named Second Star of the Week on February 13, for the week of February 6–12. Allen, went 3–0–0 with a 1.00 goals-against average, a .967 save percentage and 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).[5]

Personal life[edit]

On January 6, 2017, Allen's girlfriend gave birth to their daughter, Lennon Everly Allen.

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.

Career statistics[edit]

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
NHL totals 99 57 26 7 5,465 213 11 2.34 .915 12 3 5 498 19 0 2.29 .902
Medal record
Representing Canada
Ice hockey
IIHF World U18 Championships
Gold medal – first place 2008 Russia
World Junior Hockey Championships
Silver medal – second place 2010 Canada

Awards and honours[edit]

Award Year
IIHF World U18 Championship All-Star Team 2008 [6]
CHL Goaltender of the Year 2009–10
Jacques Plante Memorial Trophy (QMJHL Best Goaltender) 2009–10
QMJHL First All-Star Team 2009–10
NHL All-Rookie Team 2012–13
2014–15
[7]
AHL First All-Star Team 2013–14 [8]
Aldege "Baz" Bastien Memorial Award 2013–14 [2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Player Bio – Jake Allen". The Hockey News. 2012-01-02. Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  2. ^ a b "Allen Named AHL's Outstanding Goaltender". NHL.com. April 17, 2014. 
  3. ^ "Players, coaches show support for Allen". NHL.com. January 21, 2017. 
  4. ^ "Capitals score seven for second straight game". NHL.com. January 19, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Allen named NHL's second star of the week". NHL.com. February 13, 2017. 
  6. ^ "All-Star Team unveiled". Elite Prospects. 2012-01-02. Retrieved 2012-01-02. 
  7. ^ "Allen Named to NHL All-Rookie Team". "St. Louis Blues Official Website". 2013-06-29. Retrieved 2013-07-01. 
  8. ^ "2013–14 AHL All-Star Team". Observer-Dispatch. 2014-04-10. Retrieved 2014-04-10. 

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