Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky has won the 2013 Vezina Trophy as reward for a season when he led the league in save percentage at .932.
He had a 2.00 goals against average and posted a record of 21-11-6, which included the first four shutouts of the young netminder’s career.
Bobrovsky won the first-place votes of 17 NHL general managers to beat out New York Rangers backstop Henrik Lundqvist and San Jose’s Antti Niemi. He appeared on 26 of the 30 ballots cast.
“I work hard to try to be the best player I can be and help my team win and am very honored to receive the Vezina Trophy,” said Bobrovsky. “I would like to thank the Columbus Blue Jackets organization, my coaches and teammates who played so hard in front of me every night and the fans who supported us because this would not be possible without them. I also want to thank my family.”
During a teleconference, Bobrovsky demured when asked about his contract situation, saying this wasn’t an appropriate time to address it. Then when specifically asked if it’s possible he’ll leave for the KHL, he told the Columbus Dispatch, “We’ll see.”
It’s the first time in Jackets history a goalie has won the Vezina. Steve Mason was a finalist for the honor in the 2008-2009 season during which he captured the Calder Trophy as rookie of the year.
(Photo: Bobrovsky, moments after he was named the Vezina winner, appearing on NBC Sports.)