Blue Jackets goalie Sergei Bobrovsky grew up in Novokuznetsk and started his professional hockey career there, spending four seasons with Metallurg.
He totaled 99 games and had three shutouts.
Following his Vezina Trophy win, Bobrovsky returned to the Russian city and according to the team’s website:
“[He] did not deny communion Novokuznetsk hockey fans. All the fans were able to get an autograph from the best goalkeeper NHL regular season, as well as a photo with him.” -Google translation
The website also describes Bobrovsky as meeting with friends, relatives and acquaintances from his old hockey club.
Is this a worrisome sign for Jackets fans, who are naturally concerned about the possibility that the KHL will poach the 24-year-old netminder? Not necessarily.
Russian writer Slava Malamud has some interesting insight on how the country’s media have covered the story.