Ben Bishop of the Tampa Bay Lightning, Tuukka Rask of the Boston Bruins and Semyon Varlamov of the Colorado Avalanche are the top three finalists listed in the 2013-14 Vezina Trophy.
The National Hockey League revealed today – The general managers of the 30 NHL clubs submitted ballots for the Vezina Trophy at the conclusion of the regular season, with the top 3 vote-getters designated as finalists. The winner will be unviled on Tuesday, June 24, during the 2014 NHL Awards from Encore Theater at Wynn Las Vegas.
The 2014 NHL Awards will be televise by NBCSN in the U.S. and CBC in Canada. Following are the finalists for the 2013-14 Vezina Trophy:
Ben Bishop – Tampa Bay Lightning:
Bishop set multiple franchise records in backstopping the Lightning to a second-spot finish in the Atlantic Division in his first season as a starter. He became the Lightning’s all-time leader for wins in a season with his 31st on Mar. 15 against New Jersey and finished the season ranked fourth in the NHL with 37.
Tuukka Rask – Boston Bruins:
Rask posted a 36-15-6 record, highlighted by a career-best 10-game point streak from Mar. 20-30 (9-0-1), as the Bruins captured their first Presidents’ Trophy since 1990 and led the Eastern Conference in side defense (2.08 GA/game).
Semyon Varlamov – Colorado Avalanche:
Varlamov led the NHL and set a franchise record with 41 victories, surpassing Avalanche head coach Patrick Roy’s earlier single-season high of 40 in 2000-01, and joins Roy (1996-97) as the only goaltenders in club history to top the League in wins.