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Islanders Goalie Evgeni Nabokov in Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh Penguins left wing Chris Kunitz (14) collides New York Islanders goalie Evgeni Nabokov (20) in the second period of game five of the Eastern Conference Quarterfinal at the Consol Energy Center in Pittsburgh on May 9, 2013. UPI/Archie Carpenter
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Evgeni Viktorovich Nabokov (Russian: Евге́ний Ви́кторович Набо́ков; born July 25, 1975) is a Russian professional ice hockey goaltender who currently is under contract with the New York Islanders.

Nabokov was selected by San Jose in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft (9th round, 219th overall). When he started playing in North America, he went by John, rather than Evgeni, fearing that English speakers would have a hard time pronouncing his name. However, this change did not last.

In his first nine seasons in the NHL, all with San Jose, Nabokov became the Sharks leader in nearly every goaltending category, including games played, wins, and shutouts.

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