Colorado Avalanche
Colorado Avalanche
Semyon Varlamov
POSITION: Goaltender
HEIGHT: 6' 2"
BIRTHDATE: 04/27/1988
AGE: 27
DRAFTED: WSH: 2006-23 overall
NHL Second All-Star Team (2014) Traded to Colorado by Washington for Colorado's 1st round choice (Filip Forsberg) in 2012 Entry Draft and Boston's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, later traded to Dallas Dallas selected Mike Winther) in 2012 Entry Draft, July 1, 2011. Signed as a free agent by Yaroslavl (KHL), September 27, 2012.
2013-14 SEASON
Named to the NHL’s Second All-Star Team and was a finalist for the Vezina Trophy…Finished fourth in voting for the Hart Trophy…Became just the second netminder in Avalanche/Nordiques history to earn an NHL postseason all-star selection, joining Patrick Roy (first team) in 2001-02…Was the first Avs player to make a postseason All-Star team since Joe Sakic in 2003-04…Was narrowly edged for the Vezina by Boston’s Tuukka Rask, 103 points to 90…Led all NHL goaltenders with 41 victories, breaking Roy’s franchise record for most wins in a single season (40, 2000-01)…Also led all netminders in saves (1,867) and shots faced (2,013) and finished third in save percentage (.927)…Ranked among the league’s top 10 goalies in appearances (63-4th), starts (60-7th) and minutes (3640-5th)…His .927 save percentage was the highest in franchise history, and he joined Roy (1996-97) as the only Avalanche/Nordiques goaltenders to ever lead the NHL in victories…Finished 24-9-4 at home, matching Roy’s club record for home wins set in 2000-01…Was 32-4-4 when facing 30 or more shots, 7-1-1 when facing 40-plus shots and 6-0-1 when making 40 saves…From Dec. 31 to the end of the season, Semyon was an NHL-best 25-6-2 in his last 33 starts…Picked up three assists, the most by an Avs netminder since Craig Anderson had three in 2009-10…Won his first five starts to begin the year…Allowed just one goal in each of his first four outings, becoming the first goaltender in franchise history to allow one goal or less in his first four starts of a season…Made his third consecutive Opening Night start on Oct. 2 vs. Anaheim, stopping 35-of-36 shots in a 6-1 victory…Finished 7-1-0 with a 1.76 GAA in October, the highest winning percentage (.875) by an Avs/Nordiques goalie in October…Varlamov and Jean-Sebastien Giguere were named the NHL’s Second Stars for the week ending Oct. 13…Went 11-0-5 over a span of 16 starts from Dec. 12 to Jan. 18, equaling the longest streak without a regulation loss in franchise history…Peter Budaj also went 16 straight decisions (13-0-3) without a regulation defeat from Feb. 24 to April 5, 2007…Finished 10-1-1 in January, setting a franchise record for January wins…His 10 victories tied the franchise mark for wins in any month…Signed a five-year contract extension through 2018-19 on Jan. 30…Stopped Jim Slater’s penalty shot attempt on March 10 vs. Winnipeg and has now stopped 4-of-5 career penalty shots against (.800%)…Posted his 100th career victory on March 12 vs. Chicago…Became the fourth Russian goaltender in league history to reach 100 victories, joining Evgeni Nabokov, Nikolai Khabibulin and Ilya Bryzgalov…Appeared in his 200th NHL game on March 14 vs. Anaheim…Made a season-high 47 saves on March 29 vs. San Jose, helping the Avalanche clinch their first postseason berth since 2009-10…Won six consecutive starts from March 25 to April 5, the longest single-season win streak of his career…Was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week on April 7…Played for Russia at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, posting a 1-1 record with a 1.98 GAA, .911 Sv% and one shutout in three appearances for the host nation.

2013-14 PLAYOFFS: Started in goal for all seven games of the Avalanche’s first-round series against the Minnesota Wild…Made a career playoff-high 45 saves, including a franchise-record 22 stops in the first period, on April 21 at Minnesota (Game 3).

Started 33 games and appeared twice in relief during his second season with Colorado…Led the Avalanche in games (35), wins (11) and shutouts (3)…Became the first Avs netminder to lead the club in victories in consecutive seasons since 2006 (David Aebischer)…Received an average of only 2.09 goals-in-support, the second-lowest offensive support in the league (Johan Hedberg 1.84)…Fashioned a shutout streak of 120:17 from Jan. 22-26, his fourth different scoreless streak of at least 100 minutes since joining the Avs…Made a career-high 50 saves on Feb. 16 at Edmonton, the second-most in Avalanche history (Patrick Roy, 51, on Dec. 10, 1997 at Toronto)…Varly’s effort was just the fourth 50-plus save performance in Avalanche/Nordiques history and equaled Clint Malarchuk’s franchise record for most saves in a regulation game (March 20, 1983 at Winnipeg)…It was the highest single-game saves total by an NHL goaltender in 2012-13…Stopped 22 of those 50 shots in the first period, the second-most saves in a single period in Avs history (Roy had 23 twice)…Missed three games due to a hip injury, April 10-13…Prior to the start of the NHL season, Varlamov played for Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League in Russia…He posted an 8-4-3 record with a 1.74 GAA, .946 Sv% and three shutouts in 16 appearances.

Appeared in 53 games (52 starts) during his first season with Colorado, posting a 26-24-3 record with a .913 save percentage and four shutouts…All four of his shutouts came on the road, tying a franchise record for road shutouts in a single season (Patrick Roy, 2001-02)…Varly’s four road shutouts matched Johan Hedberg and Tim Thomas for the league high…Finished a league-best 8-0 in shootouts, allowing just two goals on 24 attempts (.917 Sv%)…His .917 shootout save percentage also led all NHL goaltenders and was the second-highest in history (.938 by Mathieu Garon in 2007-08)…Was only the third goaltender in shootout history to finish 8-0 or better in a single season, joining Garon (10-0 in 2007-08) and Jonathan Quick (10-0 in 2010-11)…Varlamov ended the season by going 11-6-1 in his last 18 starts with a 1.88 goals-against average, .938 save percentage and two shutouts…Only Cory Schneider (.953%) and Mike Smith (.939%) had higher save percentages during that stretch and only Schneider (1.42) and Ilya Bryzgalov (1.76) had a lower GAA…Over his final 21 appearances, Varly fashioned a 12-8-1 record, 1.97 GAA and .934 Sv%…Stopped all 30 shots in a 1-0 victory at Boston on Oct. 10, becoming the first Avs goaltender to post a 1-0 shutout on the road since Roy on Feb. 6, 2003 at Detroit…Made his only relief appearance of the season on Feb. 15 at Vancouver…Had back-to-back road shutouts, Feb. 24 at Columbus and March 4 at Minnesota, equaling a franchise record…Recorded a personal-best shutout streak of 129:23 from March 1-6…It was Varlamov’s third different scoreless streak of over 100 minutes during the 2011-12 season…Appeared in his 100th NHL game on March 6 vs. Minnesota…Following the season, Varlamov backstopped Russia to the gold medal at the 2012 IIHF World Championship in Helsinki and Stockholm.

Finished fourth in the NHL in goals-against average (2.23) and ranked sixth in save percentage (.924) while appearing in 27 games with the Washington Capitals…Only the three Vezina Trophy finalists, Boston’s Tim Thomas (2.00), Vancouver’s Roberto Luongo (2.11) and Nashville’s Pekka Rinne (2.12) had a lower GAA…Varlamov’s .924 save percentage broke the Capitals’ single-season franchise record of .920 set by Olaf Kolzig in 1997-98…His 2.23 GAA was the third-lowest in Capitals history, behind only Jim Carey (2.13) in 1994-95 and Kolzig (2.20) in 1997-98…Missed 12 games due to injury…Appeared in three games for the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League during a rehab stint in November…Switched jersey number to No. 1 prior to the season (had been No. 40)…Departed Washington as the franchise’s all-time leader in career save percentage at .917 (based on a minimum of 3,000 minutes played)…His 2.39 career GAA is second behind Carey’s 2.37. 

2010-11 PLAYOFFS: Did not see any action during the 2011 postseason, dressing as the backup in all nine games.

2009-10: Spent the bulk of the season in Washington, ranking second on the team in games played (26) and wins (15)…Led the Capitals in goals-against average (2.55) and shutouts (2)…Finished third among NHL rookie goaltenders in GAA and save percentage (.909), and was fifth in appearances and victories…Started 14 of the first 30 games…Stopped 25 shots for his first career regular-season shutout, 2-0, on Nov. 25 vs. Buffalo…Got his second shutout four starts later on Dec. 7 at Tampa Bay (26 saves)…Missed 30 games due to injury, some of which was spent with Hershey (AHL)…Made three starts for the Bears, going 3-0.

2009-10 PLAYOFFS: Played Games 2-7 of the first round series against Montreal, winning each of his first three starts…Finished with a 3-3 record, 2.41 GAA and .908 Sv% in six games (five starts) during the postseason…Stopped 36 shots in a 6-3 win at Montreal in Game 4 on April 21.

2008-09: Split the season between Washington and Hershey…Was recalled four times by the Capitals…Became the first Caps goalie to win his first three NHL starts since Jim Carey, who won his first four in 1994-95…Made his NHL debut and earned his first career win on Dec. 13 at Montreal, stopping 31-of-32 shots…Became the youngest Russian-born goalie to start in the NHL and the first goalie to win his NHL debut at Montreal in more than 30 years (since Hardy Astrom of the NY Rangers on Feb. 25, 1978)…Finished the regular season without a regulation loss in five starts for the Capitals (4-0-1)…Went 19-7-1 with Hershey, posting a 2.40 GAA, .916 Sv% and two shutouts.

2008-09 PLAYOFFS: Started 13 of Washington’s 14 playoff games…Compiled a 7-6 record with a 2.53 GAA, .918 Sv% and two shutouts…Finished tied for first in the league in playoff shutouts, was fifth in both save percentage and wins (tied), and ranked sixth in goals-against average…Made his NHL playoff debut as the starter for Game 2 of the ECQF vs. NY Rangers, stopping 24-of-25 shots in a 1-0 loss…Turned aside all 33 shots he faced for his first career playoff win and shutout in Game 3 at New York on April 20…Became just the fourth goaltender in NHL history to record a playoff shutout before his 21st birthday, joining Harry Lumley, Patrick Roy and Carey Price…Also blanked the Rangers in Game 5 at home on April 24 (20 saves), becoming the second Caps goalie in franchise history to post two shutouts in one series (Olaf Kolzig 1998)…Allowed only seven goals in six games against the Rangers, as Washington erased a 3-1 series deficit to win in seven games…Beat Pittsburgh in Games 1 and 2 of the conference semifinals, becoming the first Caps goalie to win five straight playoff games…Made 33 or more saves in five of the seven games against the Penguins.

Played 44 games as the top goaltender for Yaroslavl in the Russian Super League…Led Yaroslavl to the championship round of the playoffs…Posted five shutouts in 16 playoff games and finished with a 1.62 GAA during the postseason.

2006-07: Appeared in 31 games for Yaroslavl during his first season in the Russian Super League, posting a 15-7-6 record with a 2.12 GAA and three shutouts.

2005-06: Posted eight shutouts in 33 games during his second season with Yaroslavl’s junior team…Allowed only 60 goals in 1,782 minutes for a 2.02 GAA. 2004-05: Made his debut with Yaroslav’s junior team…Appeared in eight games, posting 1.90 GAA.


Has represented Russia in nine major international events, including two Olympics (2010, 2014), three world championships (2010, 2012-13), two world junior championships (2006-07) and a pair of world under-18 championships (2005-06)…Competed for the host nation at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, posting a 1-1 record with a 1.98 GAA, .911 Sv% and one shutout in three appearances…Backstopped Russia to the gold medal at the 2012 IIHF World Championship in Helsinki and Stockholm…Went 8-0 with a 1.77 goals-against average and .939 save percentage in eight appearances at the tournament…His eight victories and .939 save percentage led all goaltenders…Helped Russia to a silver medal at the 2010 IIHF World Championship in Germany…Started five of Russia’s nine games at that tournament, including the gold medal match in which he stopped 23-of-25 shots in a 2-1 loss to the Czech Republic…Finished second among all goaltenders in both goals-against average (1.41) and save percentage (.951) while posting a 4-1 record at the event…Was named to the 2010 Russian Olympic team as the third goaltender but did not see action in the tournament…Helped Russia to a silver medal at both the 2006 and 2007 IIHF World Junior Championship…Posted a 5-1-0 record at the 2007 world juniors in Sweden, falling to Canada 4-2 in the gold medal game for his only loss…Finished second among goaltenders in GAA (1.51), was third in save percentage (.934) and shared the tournament lead in shutouts with two…Appeared in one game during the 2006 WJC…Also played for Russia at the 2005 and 2006 World Under-18 Championship…Was selected to Russia’s 2008 IIHF World Championship team but suffered an injury just prior to the tournament…Was one of the last goaltenders cut from Russia’s entry at the 2007 IIHF World Championship…Participated in the Canada-Russia Super Series in 2007…Posted 4-0-0 record while allowing just one goal at the 2006 Five Nations Tournament, leading Russia to the title…Named best goaltender and to the all-tournament team.

Name is pronounced sehm-YAWN vahr-LAW-mawv…Changed the English spelling of his name in 2009 to more accurately reflect its correct pronunciation…Was born in what was then known as Kuybyshev, USSR (now called Samara, Russia)…Nickname is “Varly”…Favorite NHL team growing up was the Avalanche and his favorite goaltender Patrick Roy…Is actively involved in the Avalanche’s “Break The Ice” clinics, which gives kids with little or no skating experience the opportunity to receive free skating instruction.