Recently, I was able to connect with and interview Alex Georgiev, the New York Rangers’ back up goaltender. Georgiev is the primary backup to start the season behind Henrik Lundqvist after he posted a .918 save percentage during his the 2017-18 campaign. In 2017, Georgiev was an undrafted rookie that got invited to the Rangers developmental camp and was a standout. As a result, he received a three-year entry level contract. Georgiev had the best goals against average in Liiga from the 2016-17 season. He represented Russia at the 2016 World Junior Championships, winning the silver medal. Even though he played for Russia, Georgiev is also half Bulgarian and is the first person from Bulgaria to play in the NHL. Rangers fans should look forward to seeing a lot more of Alex Georgiev in the next couple of years.
What are your goals for this season?
This season, my main goal is to help my team win as many games as possible.
What did you do this summer to prepare yourself for this season?
Over the summer, I went to the gym, did a lot of cardio, played tennis and badminton, and I had workouts in Finland. I also skated a few times a week.
What should Rangers fans expect from you this season?
What is sharing a net with Henrik Lundqvist like and what have you learned from him?
We both get our own nets during practice, so we are a little bit separate but in the time I spend working with him, I see his drive for success and competitiveness.
What are your thoughts on Coach Quinn and the other coaches joining the organization this year?
The Rangers front office brought in a great coaching staff. They do everything to make everyone a better player individually and as a team.
What are your most proud hockey moments?
My proudest moments would be when I signed my contract with the Rangers and when I had to opportunity to represent my country, Russia at the WJC.