G- Tomas Vokoun
Tomas Vokoun played in 248 games for the Florida Panthers.
Vokoun was drafted by the Montreal Canadiens in the ninth round of the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, 226th overall
Vokoun has been one of the best goalies over the last dozen years. He’s in the top 10 in many goaltending categories, including saves and save percentage, but you would never know it because the team in front of him had just as much trouble putting pucks in the net as those trying to score against him. Playing in both Montreal and Nashville he finally came to rest with the Panthers until signing with Washington this last offseason.
In over 600 career games Vokoun is W252-L251 with about 70 ties and/or overtime losses. He currently hold a .921% save percentage and hasn’t gone below .919% since 2004 with the Predators. Yet, despite the illustrious numbers, his record over the two seasons sits at 49-51-17. Most of this is due to the Panthers team that failed to help him score goals…and that’s the one thing he can’t do himself.
Vokoun has represented the Czech Republic many times over the course of his playing career. His first international experience came with the under-20 team at the 1996 World Junior Ice Hockey Championships, where the Czechs finished in 4th place. His first senior experience came at the 2003 IIHF World Championship, where the Czechs again finished in 4th place. Overall he has played for the Czechs at four IIHF World Championships, two Winter Olympics Games and also in the 2004 World Cup of Hockey. He backstopped the Czechs to a 3rd place finish at the World Cup, gold medals at the 2005 and 2010 World Championships, and won bronze with the team at the 2006 Olympics.
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