COLUMBUS, OHIO – Columbus Blue Jackets goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky has been named to the National Hockey League’s First All-Star Team, the League and club announced today. Bobrovsky is the first player in franchise history to earn First All-Star Team honors.
Bobrovsky is one of four players making their First Team All-Star debuts, along with Pittsburgh left wing Chris Kunitz, Minnesota defenseman Ryan Suter and Montreal defenseman P.K. Subban. The four are joined by right wing Alex Ovechkin, a six-time honoree, and Pittsburgh center Sidney Crosby, who was recognized for the second time.
In voting by the Professional Hockey Writers Association, Bobrovsky received 129 first-24 second-11 third place votes for 728 points to outdistance Henrik Lundqvist of the New York Rangers (12-40-40, 220 pts.) among goaltenders. His 728 points was second only to Subban’s 756 points (121-47-10).
Bobrovsky, 24, captured the 2012-13 Vezina Trophy as the NHL’s top goaltender after posting a 21-11-6 record, 2.00 goals-against average, .932 save percentage and four shutouts in 38 appearances for the Blue Jackets. Among goaltenders that played 25 or more games, he ranked first in save percentage, second in goals-against average and sixth (tied) in wins and shutouts. From March 1 through the end of the season, he posted an 18-5-3 record with a 1.60 goals-against average, .946 save percentage and four shutouts in 26 games.
The Novokuznetsk, Russia native was named one of the NHL’s Three Stars of the Week on three occasions during the 2012-13 season. He was named First Star for the weeks ending April 14 (3-0-0, 0.97 GAA, .971 SV% in 3 GP) and March 10 (4-0-0, 0.77 GAA, .972 SV% in 4 GP) and Third Star for the week ending March 17 (1-0-2, 0.62 GAA, .982 SV% in 3 GP). He was also named Third Star of the Month for March (9-2-3, 1.49 GAA, .950 SV%, 3 SO in 14 GP).