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ELVIS MERZLIKINS  Latvia
a.k.a. "Elvis Merzļikins"

BIRTHYEAR 1994-04-13 BIRTHPLACERiga, LAT
AGE 26 NATION Latvia
POSITION G CATCHES L
HEIGHT 191 cm / 6'3" WEIGHT 87 kg / 192 lbs
YOUTH TEAM HC Lugano CONTRACT 21/22
NHL DRAFT 2014 round 3 #76 overall by Columbus Blue Jackets



Elvis Merzlikins is a very athletic butterfly-Goaltender who is well sized and covers a lot of the net. He loves to challenge shooters and never gives up on a shot. Despite his decent reflexes, he is a goaltender who lets the puck hit him and control the rebounds. Needs to play a more composed game, as he tends to overplay certain situations. Handles the puck very well, as Elvis Merzlikins is a respectable stickhandler and can play long outlet passes. (by Rafik Soliman, April 2014)

Plays with a Swiss Player-licence and doesn't count against the foreign-contingent in Switzerland.

Photo: Dan Hickling

CAREER STATISTICS
 SEASON TEAM LEAGUE GP GAA SVS%       POSTSEASON GP GAA SVS% 
 2009-10 Lugano U17 U17-Elit25 3.05 - | Playoffs12 3.29
  Lugano U20 U20-Elit0 - - |       
 2010-11 Lugano U17 U17-Elit28 3.95 - | Playoffs5 3.80
  Latvia U17 (all) International-Jr4 - - |       
  Latvia U18 WJC-18 D12 0.50 .978 |       
  Latvia U18 (all) International-Jr3 - - |       
 2011-12 Lugano U20 U20-Elit8 3.52 - | Playoffs3 5.07
  Pregassona Ceresio  SwissDiv10 - - |       
  Latvia U18 WJC-184 4.88 .885 |       
  Latvia U18 (all) International-Jr8 - - |       
  Latvia U20 WJC-201 14.00 .720 |       
  Latvia U20 (all) International-Jr3 - - |       
 2012-13 Lugano NL0 - - | Playoffs0 -
  Lugano U20 U20-Elit30 2.76 - | Playoffs4 3.84
  Latvia U20 WJC-203 5.85 .860 |       
  Latvia U20 (all) International-Jr7 - - |       
 2013-14 Lugano NL22 2.13 .924 | Playoffs1 0.75 .976 
  Lugano U20 U20-Elit12 2.07 - | Playoffs10 1.68
  Latvia U20 WJC-20 D1A3 2.36 .900 |       
  Latvia U20 (all) International-Jr4 - - |       
  Latvia (all) International1 2.08 - |       
 2014-15 Lugano NL22 2.61 .913 | Playoffs1 3.25 .846 
  Latvia (all) International4 4.65 .813 |       
 2015-16 Lugano NL46 2.76 .922 | Playoffs15 2.32 .937 
  Latvia WC5 2.91 .912 |       
  Latvia (all) International8 2.68 .922 |       
 2016-17 Lugano NL41 2.89 .916 | Playoffs11 2.29 .933 
  Latvia OGQ2 1.32 .931 |       
  Latvia WC6 1.98 .937 |       
  Latvia (all) International11 1.78 .938 |       
 2017-18 Lugano NL42 2.72 .921 | Playoffs18 2.17 .935 
  Latvia WC6 1.50 .940 |       
  Latvia (all) International7 1.56 .937 |       
 2018-19 Lugano NL43 2.44 .921 | Playoffs4 3.95 .872 
  Latvia WC5 2.78 .914 |       
  Latvia (all) International5 2.78 .914 |       
 2019-20 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL33 2.35 .923 | Playoffs2 1.96 .946 
  Cleveland Monsters AHL2 1.52 .949 |       
 2020-21 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL- - - |       
 
 TOURNAMENT STATISTICS
 2010-11 Latvia U17 EYOF3 3.95 .885 |       
 2014-15 Lugano Swiss Cup1 2.00 - |       
 2015-16 Lugano Swiss Cup0 - - |       
  Lugano Spengler Cup4 3.01 .907 |       
 2016-17 Lugano Champions HL6 2.15 .939 |       
  Lugano Swiss Cup0 - - |       
  Lugano Spengler Cup4 2.14 .940 |       
 2017-18 Lugano Swiss Cup0 - - |       
 2018-19 Lugano Champions HL8 2.27 .923 |       
  Lugano Swiss Cup0 - - |       



CAREER HIGHLIGHTS
SEASON AWARDS BY SEASON
2009-2010 Elite Novizen Most Shutouts (2)
2010-2011 U18 WJC (D1|A) Best GAA (0.50)
  U18 WJC (D1|A) Best Goaltender
  U18 WJC (D1|A) Best SVS% (.978)
  U18 WJC (D1|A) Gold Medal
2013-2014 Elite Jr. A Most Shutouts Playoffs (3)
  NL Media Most Improved Player
  NL Youngster of the Year
  U20 WJC (D1A) Silver Medal
2015-2016 NL "Jacques Plante Trophy" Goalie of the Year
  World Championship Top 3 Player on Team
2016-2017 Spengler Cup All-Star Team
  World Championship Top 3 Player on Team
2017-2018 NL "Jacques Plante Trophy" Goalie of the Year
  World Championship Top 3 Player on Team
2019-2020 NHL All-Rookie Team
 AWARDS BY LEAGUE
- Elite Jr. A Most Shutouts Playoffs 13/14
- Elite Novizen Most Shutouts 09/10
- NHL All-Rookie Team 19/20
- NL "Jacques Plante Trophy" Goalie of the Year 17/18, 15/16
- NL Media Most Improved Player 13/14
- NL Youngster of the Year 13/14
- Spengler Cup All-Star Team 16/17
- U18 WJC (D1|A) Best GAA 10/11
- U18 WJC (D1|A) Best Goaltender 10/11
- U18 WJC (D1|A) Best SVS% 10/11
- U18 WJC (D1|A) Gold Medal 10/11
- U20 WJC (D1A) Silver Medal 13/14
- World Championship Top 3 Player on Team 17/18, 15/16, 16/17



TRANSACTIONS
DATE STATUS FROM TO SOURCE  
04/23/2020 Extension Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 2 years 
05/15/2019 Extension Columbus Blue Jackets Columbus Blue Jackets 1 year 
03/20/2019 Confirmed Lugano Columbus Blue Jackets Entry Level 
06/22/2016 Extension Lugano Lugano 2 years 


PLAYER BIOGRAPHY AND TRIVIA
 
- Drafted 2012, round 3 #87 overall by Dinamo Riga in the KHL Draft
 
Cult/Star player for Lugano
Cult/Star player for Latvia
 
lived in Lugano from age 7 to 9 and started playing hockey, before going back to Latvia and later returning to Lugano again.