Semyon Aleksandrovich Varlamov (Russian: Семён Александрович Варламов, Russian pronunciation: ; born April 27, 1988) is a Russian professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Washington Capitals of the National Hockey League (NHL).
He was drafted in the first round, 23rd overall by the Washington Capitals in the 2006 NHL Entry Draft.
Varlamov grew up in Kuybyshev, developing his skills under the VVS hockey program. Before learning to properly skate, he began playing in net at the age of eight, preferring the goalie stick to the inferior bandy sticks that mite-level players were using at the time. The young netminder moved to Yaroslavl in his early teens and quickly established himself as the club’s dominant 1988-born goalie. During the 2004–05 season, Varlamov made his debut on Lokomotiv’s junior farm club, Lokomotiv-2, playing as backup to Ivan Kaustin in the 1st League (Russia 3). During the summer of 2005, Kasutin was loaned to Penza, effectively making Varlamov the starting goalie for the 2005–06 season. In 2008, he helped lead Lokomotiv Yaroslavl to the Russian Super League finals.