Colorado Avalanche goaltender Semyon Varlamov was named to the 2014 Russian Olympic Team, it was announced today. Varlamov will represent the host nation at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games held Feb. 7-23 in Sochi, Russia.
Varlamov, 25, will be making his second straight appearance at the Olympic Games, as he was also named to the 2010 Russian Olympic team as the third goaltender but did not see action during the tournament.
The Samara, Russia, native has represented his county in eight major international events, including the 2010 Olympics, three world championships (2010, 2012-13), two world junior championships (2006-07) and a pair of world under-18 championships (2005-06).
Varlamov backstopped Russia to the gold medal at the 2012 IIHF World Championship in Helsinki and Stockholm. He went 8-0 with a 1.77 goals-against average and .939 save percentage in eight appearances at the tournament, with his eight victories and .939 save percentage leading all goaltenders. Semyon helped Russia to a silver medal at the 2010 IIHF World Championship in Germany and also helped Russia to a silver medal at both the 2006 and 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship.
Varlamov has posted a 19-8-4 record with a 2.35 goals against average, .927 save percentage and one shutout in 32 games (30 starts) this season. He ranks seventh in the NHL in wins and tied for ninth in save percentage.
Varlamov has gone 6-0-4 in his last 11 games (10 starts), equaling his longest streak without a regulation loss in his NHL career (10 decisions). He won his first five starts this year and allowed just one goal in each of his first four starting assignments, becoming the first goaltender in franchise history to allow one goal or less in his first four starts of a season. Semyon and Jean-Sebastien Giguere were named the NHL's Second Stars for the week ending Oct. 13. Varlamov went on to finish 7-1-0 with a 1.76 GAA in October, the highest winning percentage (.875) by an Avalanche/Nordiques goalie in the month of October.
Selected by Washington in the first round (23rd overall) of the 2006 Entry Draft, Varlamov was acquired by Colorado on July 1, 2011. In 179 career games, Varlamov has fashioned an 86-66-22 record with 12 shutouts, a 2.56 GAA and .915 Sv%.