The inevitable is now a reality.
After a stellar season in front of the net for the New York Rangers, goalie Igor Shesterkin was awarded the Vezina Trophy. The last time a Rangers goalie won the award, Henrik Lundqvist took home the prize after the 2011-12 season.
This year Shesterkin set a franchise record for save percentage at .935 – the third highest mark in NHL history among goaltenders with at least 50 starts. He also led the league with a 2.07 goals against average and 44.9 goals saved against average. In short, he was nothing short of spectacular. The Rangers won 36 regular season games when he was in net. In the playoffs, Shesterkin got better with each round as he helped lead the Rangers to the Eastern Conference Finals.
“To the whole Rangers organization, it’s been amazing to be a part of the Rangers family,” Shesterkin said. “To my friends, I would like to thank all Rangers fans. It was a dream to play [in the] NHL, to play in front of you at MSG. Incredible feelings.”
VEZINA TROPHY WINNER RELEASE US pic.twitter.com/QgPFEXaBVR— New York Rangers (@NYRangers) June 21, 2022