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Sergei Bobrovsky named Sports Illustrated's best No. 72

by Rob Mixer / Columbus Blue Jackets


This is a pretty cool piece from Sports Illustrated.

Hockey writer Allan Muir has put together a historical collection of the best players by jersey number in NHL history. Some of them are obvious, including that Gretzky guy who wore No. 99 and Mario Lemieux's famous No. 66 sweater in Pittsburgh.

There are a couple of former Blue Jackets listed, as well. New York Rangers forward Rick Nash checks in as the best No. 61, and No. 91 belongs to Sergei Fedorov, who spent parts of three seasons in Columbus. Fedorov played career game No. 1,000 with the Blue Jackets on Nov. 30, 2005, making him the 205th player in league history to reach that milestone.

John Davidson, Blue Jackets president of hockey operations, makes the list as the best No. 00, a number only worn briefly by Martin Biron after him.

And yes, there is a current Blue Jacket on the list: goaltender Sergei Bobrovsky, who sports the No. 72.

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Bobrovsky, 26, signed a four-year contract extension with the Blue Jackets in January and is locked in as the franchise's No. 1 goaltender for the foreseeable future. He won the Vezina Trophy in 2013 while boasting a .932 save percentage, and in 2014, won gold with Russia at the IIHF World Hockey Championship.

In three seasons with the Blue Jackets, Bobrovsky is 83-48-14 with 11 shutouts and a cumulative save percentage of .924. That's not too shabby.

Check out SI's complete list of the best NHL players by jersey number HERE.

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