Taoshi Kobasigawa #11
Red Nukes Goaltender
Drafted: 2011 SHL Draft /
Draft Number: 8th
Taoshi Kobasigawa is the head goalie for the Red Nukes. He was drafted in the 2011-2012 draft, replacing head goalie William Hurtz who subsequently retired. He has been credited as Shi Tao for his amazing style in net. During the 2014-2015 Season, Taoshi won the Phillips Trophy as the league's most valuable player, being credited for the success of the Red Nukes and for his amazing stats.
Taoshi was selected as a pick for the Red Nukes during the 2011 SHL Draft. William Hurtz, who retired the season prior, raised goaltending concerns. Taoshi entered the draft with a 111-84-10 record from drop-ins and minor league games. However, in Taoshi's first three seasons, he accumulated several wins and instantly became a favorite player for many fans. After the 2013-2014 Season, Taoshi signed an 8-year/$72 million contract, at the time being the highest paid player in the entire SHL. Taoshi Kobasigawa was awarded the most valuable player of the 2014-2015 Season for his drive and commitment and in helping the Red Nukes get to the playoffs. He also received the Veiled Heart Trophy. for his performance in the playoffs, getting to the finals. That same season, Taoshi was nominated for the Goliath Ironwall Trophy.
In the 2015-2016 Season, Taoshi was heavily injured in his sixth appearance, from rolling an ankle to breaking it during a game with a large player interaction. He is said to miss at least 30-40 games this year. This is the largest injury and goalie withdrawal since the injury of Anders Orton back in 08-09 where he missed 28 games. Upon Taoshi's return, Red did better with him in net, but missed the playoffs. During the offseason, there were a lot of rumours that Taoshi's contract would be bought out for a blockbuster trade to the Orange Orators, but these were dismissed as false.