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Evgeni Nabokov
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Evgeni Nabokov  #20

NUMBER: 20 BIRTHDATE: July 25, 1975  (AGE 39)
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan
WEIGHT: 202 DRAFTED: SJS / 1994 NHL Entry Draft
Catches: Left ROUND: 9th   (219th overall)
Nabokov started in goal for Russia at the 2006 Olympics and will be making his second Olympic appearance. In 2006, he helped lead Russia to a fourth-place finish, recording three shutouts and a 1.34 GAA in seven games. He finished second in the tournament among all goaltenders with a .940 save percentage.

At the 2008 World Championship, Nabokov led the tournament with a 1.78 goals-against average, recorded two shutouts in five games and was named the tournament’s Best Goalkeeper en route to a gold medal. He was also named Team Russia’s top player, he stopped 25 shots in the thrilling 5-4 overtime gold medal game.

Nabokov, a Russian citizen, was granted an exception by the IIHF to play for Russia after initially playing for Kazakhstan at the 1994 World Championships (C Pool).

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