Originally written on Hockey Fan Land  |  Last updated 11/12/14
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For the first time in NHL history, all of the finalists for the Vezina trophy hail from Europe. The award is handed out to the “best goalie” in the NHL and is voted on by the 30 NHL general managers. This season’s nominees are The Columbus Blue Jackets’ Sergei Bobrovsky, the New York Rangers’ Henrik Lundqvist, and the San Jose Sharks’ Antti Niemi. Both Niemi and Lundqvist led their teams to the playoffs while Bobrovsky and the Blue Jackets missed out by just one point on the final day of the season.    All three goalies were born in Europe and learned their trade there. It’s the ninth consecutive season that at least one of the nominees for the Vezina trophy hails from Europe. Bobrovsky was born in Russia while Lundqvist is from Sweden and Niemi was born and raised in Finland.    The 24-year-old Bobrovsky almost single-handedly put Columbus in the playoffs as he kept the low-scoring team in just about every game this season. The Blue Jackets were hoping to make the postseason for ju...
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