|Born:||June 22, 1980||Draft:||2000 Ducks #44 Overall|
|Known For:||Nicknamed “Mr. Universe”||Catches:||Left|
Ilya Nikolayevich Bryzgalov (/brɪsˈɡɑːlɒf/; Russian: Илья Николаевич Брызгалов; born 22 June 1980) is a Russian former professional ice hockey goaltender who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the Anaheim Ducks, Phoenix Coyotes, Philadelphia Flyers, Edmonton Oilers and Minnesota Wild. He was drafted by Anaheim in the second round of the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, 44th overall.
In 2006–07, Bryzgalov won the Stanley Cup with the Anaheim Ducks. Internationally, he has earned a bronze medal with Russia at the 2002 Winter Olympics, and a silver medal at the 2000 World Junior Championships. Bryzgalov also competed in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey and is a three-time Olympian. As the starting goaltender, he helped Russia win back-to-back gold medals at the 2009 World Ice Hockey Championships, making them ranked number one in the world. He was also runner-up for the Vezina Trophy and a top-five finalist for the Hart Memorial Trophy in the 2009–10 season.
Ilya Bryzgalov Statistics
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- NHL Second All-Star Team (2010)
- World Championship Gold Medal (2009)
- Stanley Cup Champion (Ducks – 2007)
- Olympic Bronze Medal (2002)
- U20 WJC Silver Medal (2000)
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