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14 февраля 2001 года.
Evgeni Nabokov: From Back-Up to All-Star // euroreport.com

by Lucas Aykroyd 

Last year, the less-informed hockey fan might have wondered if his surname was a misspelling of "Nabob Tea." This year, the whole NHL knows who Evgeni Nabokov is. Combining sharp reflexes with an aggressive challenging style, the San Jose Sharks rookie is bidding to become the 12th goalie to win the Calder Trophy since 1934. A 2-1 win over Los Angeles on 26 December 2000 made him the first goalie to reach the 20-win mark this season. In the last week of January, his 2-0-1 record, 1.30 GAA and .947 save percentage earned him NHL Player of the Week honors. All year long, the 25-year-old from Kazakhstan has hovered near the top of the rankings in every major category for netminders. And with a two-year contract that could max out around $1.25 million US with bonuses, he's a real bargain. EuroReport's Lucas Aykroyd caught up with Nabokov recently.

EuroReport: Last year at this time when I spoke with you, you were just happy to have gotten the backup job.
Evgeni Nabokov: [laughs]

EuroReport: This year, you're an all-star. What happened?
Nabokov: I've been working pretty hard for the last three years since I came over, and my goal was to get as soon as possible to the NHL. It took me, like, two and a half years to get here, and I'm really glad to be here now. All I do every game is try to prove to myself that I can play in this league.

EuroReport: How are you enjoying the extra workload this season?
Nabokov: I'm loving every minute of it! I love playing every game, or, every other game. It's up to the coach. It's his decision, but I love to play.

EuroReport: Have you made any adjustments to your style?
Nabokov: I think I've pretty much been playing the same way I used to play. I did make a couple of adjustments, like how I play the puck.

EuroReport: How would you describe your relationship with fellow Sharks goalie Steve Shields?
Nabokov: Oh, we are great buddies! We have nothing against each other. Just really good buddies.

EuroReport: Tell me about your experiences at your first All-Star Game.
Nabokov: It was awesome! It was a really great honor to be there and be around those guys. And playing in the game, plus the skill competitions, and all that. It was great.

EuroReport: What was your first time playing against Mario Lemieux like?
Nabokov: Oh, it's just like this guy has four eyes! On the back of his head or something. He can see the ice really well. He's a tremendous player.

EuroReport: Thoughts on the ruling that you can't play for Team Russia at the Olympics because you represented Kazazhstan at the 1994 world juniors?
Nabokov: I was a little bit disappointed about it, but there's nothing I can do about it right. I guess I'm going to enjoy my time off during the Olympics.

EuroReport: Are you interested in representing Kazakhstan internationally?
Nabokov: I don't know. It's kind of a long story about it. I don't think they're going to be in the Olympics.

EuroReport: What's the best part about living in the Bay Area?
Nabokov: [laughs] The warm weather!

EuroReport: Not too much like Kamenogorsk, eh?
Nabokov: Nope! But I'm enjoying it.

EuroReport: Looking ahead, what does this Sharks team need to do to have a good playoff run?
Nabokov: I think we have a really good team. We have a chance to go to the finals. We have everything: good forwards, good defensemen. I think we just need a bit more discipline, and hopefully we'll be successful in the playoffs.

28 февраля 2001 года.
Hard work pays for Nabokov // Toronto Sun


His nose wrenched in disapproval. The smile disappeared from his

 It seems normally good-natured Evgeni Nabokov, whose tale is the
Cinderella story of the NHL season, transforms into a wicked
stepsister whenever he is asked about his chances to win the Calder
Trophy as the league's top rookie. 

 "You guys are always giving me questions like that," Nabokov said
after the San Jose Sharks' afternoon workout at Lakeshore Lions
Arena. "I don't want to talk about it. I want to win every game. That's
what I think about." 

 Nabokov's stance is understandable. He has worked too hard and
come too far to let a shiny award blind him from his true objective --
leading the Sharks to a Stanley Cup. 

 Heading into their game tonight against the Maple Leafs at the Air
Canada Centre (7:30 p.m., TSN, Talk 640), the Sharks are on pace
to crush single season team records for wins (35) and points (87). Not
bad for a franchise that never before has finished above .500. 

 Nabokov is 28-12-5 with a 2.09 goals-against average. He and
Steve Shields lead the league with a team goals-against average of

 Nabokov and the Leafs' Nik Antropov are both from
Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan. 

 "I know him well, but I didn't play with him," Nabokov said. "I left my
home town for Moscow Dynamo when he started playing. And when
he left for Dynamo, I came to America." 

 After spending most of the previous three seasons in the minors,
Nabokov was a holdout and did not return to the Sharks until late in
training camp. When Shields was hurt early in the season, Nabokov
took over as No. 1. 

 "I've worked very hard to get here," Nabokov said. "I'm feeling more
confident and comfortable. That comes from playing a lot of games." 

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21 октября. Набоков получил травму, Волошенко и Соглубов отличились в АХЛ. 

19 октября. Голкипер «Сан-Хосе» Евгений Набоков: Я готов ехать в Турин // "Советский Спорт"

8 октября. Набоков пропустил шесть шайб с 26 бросков, но все же одержал свою первую победу. 

21 декабря. Евгений Набоков: "Уже знаю, что производительность труда на металлургическом комбинате зависит от игры "Магнитки" // "Спорт-Экспресс"

8 декабря. Евгений Набоков: "В хеппи-энд не верю, лечу в Магнитогорск" // "Спорт-Экспресс"

25 ноября. Евгений Набоков: "Выбор был простым - Омск или Магнитогорск" // "Спорт-Экспресс"

24 ноября. Голкипер магнитогорского «Металлурга» Евгений Набоков: Договорились за три дня // "Советский Спорт"

11 октября. Голкипер «Сан-Хосе» Евгений Набоков: Огромный привет болельщикам России! // "Советский Спорт"


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