Bryzgalov is an Olympic veteran, making his third straight appearance for Russia at the Olympic Games. He was a bronze medalist as a back-up goalie in 2002, and finished fourth in 2006.
In each of the last two World Championships, Russia has defeated Canada in the gold medal game, including in 2009 with Bryzgalov in goal. He led his country to gold with a 2.08 goals-against average and a perfect 7-0 record.
He competed for Russia at the 2000 World Junior Championships, leading the tournament with a 0.77 goals-against average and .971 save-percentage in four games to win a silver medal. The final game against the Czechs was a 0-0 deadlock and required a shootout to end the game.
Hopefully [Jonathan] has a year that pushes us, that is the organization, to speak to him next summer and looking for [a long-term contract]. Because the thought process is trying to get a goaltender, and hopefully it's Jonathan, to be the stabilizer for this franchise.
— Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello on goaltender Jonathan Bernier