Andrei Vasilevskiy is known as a Russian professional ice hockey goaltender for the Tampa Bay Lightning of the National Hockey League. He is most famous for being one of the top goalies in the league. Vasilevskiy, also known as "Big Cat" and "Vasy," led the NHL in wins in 2018 (tied with Connor Hellebuyck), 2019, and 2020, and earned the Vezina Trophy as the league's best goalkeeper in 2018–19. Vasilevskiy led the Lightning to their first Stanley Cup title in his career in 2020.
Andrei Andreyevich Vasilevskiy was born on July 25, 1994, in Tyumen, Russia. His father, Andrei Vasilevskiy, was a goaltender who contended in the Russian Superleague as a member of Salavat Yulaev Ufa. His mom's name is Liudmila Vasilevskiaia. Vasilevskiy played for Salavat Yulaev Ufa U16 in Russia U16 in the 2009-2010 season. He additionally played for Tolpar Ufa in MHL in a similar season. Salavat Yulaev Ufa initially chose him in the first round, seventh in general, of the 2011 KHL Junior Draft.
Vasilevskiy was chosen nineteenth in the 2012 NHL Entry Draft by the Tampa Bay Lightning. On May 6, 2014, he was signed by Lightning to a three-year contract.
In September 2014, Vasilevskiy was assigned to the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League (AHL), the top small-time associate team of the Tampa Bay Lightning. On December 15, 2014, Vasilevskiy was named the CCM/AHL Player of the Week. Vasilevskiy had a 29 save shutout against the Springfield Falcons, which snapped their franchise-record 11-game series of wins. In January 2015, he was named CCM/AHL Goaltender of the Month for December. He is the first Syracuse goaltender to win the honor since Karl Goehring in March 2008.
On April 9, 2017, the Russian Ice Hockey Federation named Vasilevskiy to its team for the 2017 World Ice Hockey Championships and Pro teammate Nikita Kucherov joined Vasilevskiy. In June 2019, Goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy brought home the Vezina Trophy. His teammate Nikita Kucherov won both the Ted Lindsay Award and was named MVP with the Hart Trophy, which he won by acquiring 164 votes.
Vasilevskiy signed goaltender eight-year, $76 million contract deal with the Lightning on July 29, 2019, which will keep him with the team through the 2027–28 season. He made 61 saves in a five-overtime victory over the Columbus Blue Jackets in the first round of the playoffs on August 11, 2020. The 61 saves were the most by a Lightning goaltender in a single playoff game.
Vasilevskiy defeated the Boston Bruins in overtime in the second game of their second-round series on August 25, 2020. Vasilevskiy now has the most postseason victories in Lightning history, surpassing Ben Bishop and Nikolai Khabibulin. Vasilevskiy's first career postseason shutout came in the Lightning's Stanley Cup-clinching triumph over the Dallas Stars in game 6 of the 2020 Stanley Cup Finals on September 28, 2020. Vasilevskiy joined Tom Barrasso as the only goaltenders in NHL history to post a shutout in a playoff year during the Stanley Cup final. Vasilevskiy also established an NHL record for most postseason minutes played by a goalkeeper (1,708:12).
Vasilevskiy is a happily married man to his long-lasting sweetheart, Kseniya Vasilevskaya. The couple has a child together, Lukas. In recent years, Ksenia has gotten acquainted with the American lifestyle, yet she likes to remain totally out of the spotlight. Mrs. Vasilevskiy figures out how to remain totally under the radar, regardless of whether she goes to a game at Amalie Arena.
She invests a ton of energy at home with her child and likes to fend off the media spotlight from her own life. She and her significant other work admirably at keeping their private lives totally out of the media.
|Birth Date:||25 Jul, 1994|
|Occupations:||Ice hockey player|
|Description:||Russian ice hockey goaltender|
|Net Worth 2021:||8 million|