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Sorokin Nominated for NHL’s Goalkeeper of the Season Award, Speaks Out


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Moscow, May 12 – The goalkeeper of the Russian “New York Islanders” Ilya Sorokin said that he is not obsessed with a possible victory in the nomination for the best goalkeeper of the National Hockey League (NHL) for the regular season “Vezina Trophy”.
The Russian was included in the list of finalists for the prestigious NHL award. Swede Linus Ollmark of the Boston Bruins and American Connor Helbeck of the Winnipeg Jets are also vying for the award.
Sorokin’s colleagues and compatriots, goalkeeper Semyon Varlamov and defender Alexander Romanov, consider it worthy to be included in the list of main contenders for the Vezina Cup.
“Ilya is a good friend of mine, we’ve known each other for a long time. It’s always nice to talk Russian in the locker room. Especially with him. We had a lot of fun playing together in the last couple of matches. He deserves to be in the final list. In my opinion, he deserves to win,” Varlamov said. “Vezina” He’s played great this season.

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Romanov added, “Ilya does not like to talk about awards and personal achievements. But he deserves to be among the contenders for Vezina. Ilya is a wonderful guy and a great goalkeeper, and he is also one of my best friends.”
In his third season with the Islanders, the 27-year-old Sorokin set personal bests for wins (31) and starters (60). The 30-win mark has not been exceeded in the regular season since the 2014-15 season, when Slovakian Jaroslav Galak won 38 matches.
Sorokin posted the third-highest save percentage (92.4%) and sixth-highest safety factor (2.34) last regular season. The Russian became the tournament leader in terms of the number of locks (6).
This is the first nomination for the “Vezina Cup” in Sorokin’s career, but Russian goalkeepers are among the favorites for this award for the seventh time in a row.
Until 2021, Sorokin played in the KHL for Metallurg (Novokuznetsk) and CSKA. With the army team, he became the owner of the Gagarin Cup, as part of the Russian team that won gold at the 2018 Olympics.

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