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Position Goaltender
Catches Left
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
212 lb (96 kg)
NHL Team Washington Capitals
Nationality Flag of Russia Russian
Born April 27 1988 (1988-04-27) (age 21),
Kuybyshev, Russian SFSR, USSR
NHL Draft 23rd overall, 2006
Washington Capitals
Pro Career 2006 – present

Semyon Aleksandrovich Varlamov (Russian: Семён Александрович Варламов, born April 27, 1988) is a Russian professional ice hockey goaltender who currently plays for the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL).

He was drafted in the first round, 23rd overall by the Washington Capitals in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.


Playing career

Varlamov grew up in Kuybyshev, developing his skills under the VVS hockey program. Before learning to properly skate, he began playing in net at the age of eight, preferring the goalie stick to the inferior bandy sticks that mite-level players were using at the time. The young netminder moved to Yaroslavl in his early teens and quickly established himself as the club’s dominant 1988-born goalie. During the 2004–05 season, Varlamov made his debut on Lokomotiv’s junior farm club, Lokomotiv-2, playing as backup to Ivan Kaustin in the 1st League (Russia 3). During the summer of 2005, Kasutin was loaned to Penza, effectively making Varlamov the starting goalie for the 2005–06 season. In 2008, he helped lead Lokomotiv Yaroslavl to the Russian Super League finals.

After having been drafted by the Washington Capitals 23rd overall in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft, Varlamov was signed by the Capitals to a three year, entry-level contract on July 11, 2007. He came to North America for the 2008–09 season and played, for the most part, with the Capitals' minor league affiliate, the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL). Varlamov was called up, however, on several occasions during the season and played his first NHL game on December 13, 2008, against the Montreal Canadiens. Making 32 saves, he won his debut 2-1 and was named the first star of the game. His home debut in Washington came five days later on December 18 against the St. Louis Blues, where he made 29 saves on 31 shots and was named the second star of the game in a 4-2 Capitals win. After regular Capitals backup Brent Johnson was sidelined with a hip injury in February 2009, Varlamov assumed the backup position behind José Théodore. He went 4-0-1 with a 2.37 goals against average and .918 save percentage in 6 games with the Capitals, while also going 19-7-1 in 27 games with the Bears in the AHL.

During the first round of the 2009 playoffs against the New York Rangers, Varlamov was given the starting job after Théodore allowed 4 goals to lose game one. He subsequently made his NHL playoff debut on April 18, 2009, losing the second game of the series 1–0. He went on to win game three 4–0 on April 20, recording his first career NHL shutout. On April 24, game five of the series, Varlamov achieved his second shutout by the same score, 4–0. He won the next two games 5–3 and 2–1, respectively, to help the Washington Capitals advance to the second round of the playoffs for the first time since 1998. In game 1 of the second round against the Pittsburgh Penguins, Varlamov made a spectacular save on Sidney Crosby that NHL pundits have dubbed "the save of the playoffs." In game 7 of that series, after allowing 4 early goals, he was pulled in favor of deposed starter José Théodore.

Varlamov was sent down to the Hershey Bears of the AHL by the Washington Capitals on December 29, 2009 to begin his rehab starts.

International play

Medal record
Competitor for Flag of Russia Russia
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Silver 2007 Sweden
Silver 2006 Canada

Varlamov was a backup for Russia during the 2005 IIHF World U18 Championships, where they finished fifth. He then earned the backup position over Lokomotiv-2 teammate Ivan Kaustin for Russia at the 2006 World Junior Championships as a seventeen-year-old. Backing up Anton Khudobin, Varlamov did not see much ice time, skating only in a game against Latvia, allowing one goal in a 3–1 round robin win. He earned a silver medal with Russia as they were defeated 5–0 in the final by Canada.

Later that year, Varlamov established himself as the starting netminder for Russia's under-18 squad at the 2006 IIHF World U18 Championships and finished in fifth place. He began the 2007 Super Series as Russia's starter at the under-20 level, but was later pulled in the series in favour of Sergei Bobrovsky. He regained the starting position at the 2007 World Junior Championships and recorded a 1.51 GAA (second among tournament goalies to Carey Price of Canada) along with 2 shutouts. Russia was, however, defeated by Canada for the second consecutive year in the gold medal game to earn another silver medal.

Varlamov was selected to represent Russia for the 2010 Olympic Games. He will be the youngest man on the team by two years.

Name pronunciation

When Varlamov first started playing for the Capitals, his name was most often pronounced "VAR-la-mov." However, Varlamov has since corrected journalists and the Capitals television team, who mentioned it often during game 4 of the 2009 Eastern Conference Quarterfinals. The correct pronunciation is "var-LA-mov," similar to the syllable emphasis of the last name of San Jose Sharks netminder Evgeni Nabokov.

On August 5, 2009, Varlamov registered a change of spelling of his first name with the NHL, "for the upcoming season and foreseeable future," from the incorrect "Simeon" to "Semyon." In the Russian alphabet, Varlamov's first name is spelled "Семён." The Russian letter (ë), equates to the sound (yo) in English. Other transliterated variations in use include Semen (as it is written in the NHL 09 video game), Semyen, Simyan, Simyon, etc.

Career statistics

Regular season

Season Team League GP W L OTL MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2006–07 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl RSL 33 1936 70 3 2.17
2007–08 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl RSL 44 106 3 2.45
2008–09 Hershey Bears AHL 27 19 7 1 1551 62 2 2.40 .916
2008–09 Washington Capitals NHL 6 4 0 1 329 13 0 2.37 .918
NHL totals 6 4 0 1 329 13 0 2.37 .918


Season Team League GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2006–07 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl RSL 6 368 18 0 2.94
2007–08 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl RSL 16 25 5 1.62
2008–09 Washington Capitals NHL 13 7 6 758 32 2 2.53 .918
NHL totals 13 7 6 758 32 2 2.53 .918

External links

  • Semyon Varlamov's career stats at The Internet Hockey Database
  • Semen Varlamov's Profile
  • Interview
  • Hockey's Future Player's Profile
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