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Pittsburgh Penguins vs. Washington Capitals
Washington Capitals goalie Simeon Varlamov covers the puck up against the Pittsburgh Pengins during the first period of game 7 of the Eastern Conference Semifinals at the Verizon Center in Washington on May 13, 2009. (UPI Photo/Kevin Dietsch)
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Simeon Aleksandrovich Varlamov (Russian: Семён Александрович Варламов, born April 27, 1988) is a Russian professional ice hockey goaltender who currently plays 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 Samara and developed 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.

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