Monday, April 19, 2010
GLENDALE, ARIZONA ---
The National Hockey League announced today that Phoenix Coyotes goaltender Ilya Bryzgalov has been named as one of three finalists for the 2009-10 Vezina Trophy, which is awarded “to the goalkeeper adjudged to be the best at his position.” Martin Brodeur of the New Jersey Devils and Ryan Miller of the Buffalo Sabres were also named as finalists for the Vezina Trophy.
The general managers of the 30 NHL clubs submitted ballots for the Vezina Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top three vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be announced Wednesday, June 23, during the 2010 NHL Awards that will be broadcast live from the Pearl Concert Theater inside the Palms Hotel Las Vegas on VERSUS in the United States and on CBC in Canada.
Bryzgalov posted a record of 42-20-6 with a 2.29 goals against average (GAA), a .920 save percentage (SV%) and eight shutouts in 69 game for the Coyotes this season. Bryzgalov posted career-best totals in victories (42), games (69), shutouts (eight), GAA (2.29) and SV% (.920) as the Coyotes set franchise records for wins (50) and points (107) in a season and earned a berth in the Stanley Cup Playoffs for the first time since 2002.
A native of Togliatti, Russia, Bryzgalov ranked 2nd in the NHL in shutouts, tying the single-season franchise record, and ranked 3rd in wins, shattering the old franchise mark of 33. Bryzgalov started 29 of the final 36 games of the regular season, posting a 19-8-2 record in that span. He is a first-time Vezina Trophy finalist.
Bryzgalov, who joined the Coyotes on Nov. 17, 2007 when he was claimed off waivers from the Anaheim Ducks, has posted a record of 94-73-17 with a 2.57 GAA, a .916 SV% and 14 shutouts in 189 games with the Coyotes. In 258 career NHL games with Phoenix and Anaheim, the 29-year-old netminder has gone 120-96-25 with a 2.55 GAA, a .914 SV% and 16 shutouts.