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Kurt Sauer
Kurt Sauer
Defenseman
Number: 34
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 222
Shoots: Left
Born: Jan 16, 1981
Birthplace: St. Cloud, MN, United States
Drafted: COL / 2000 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 3rd (88th overall)
CAREER
2007-08:
Finished second on the Avalanche in plus/minus with a +17 rating…Plus or even in 43 of his 54 games, which included 22 "plus" outings…Tied his career high with six points (1g/5a) despite playing only 54 games....He also had six points in 2003-04 and 2006-07…Missed two months and 28 games due to a neck injury (Dec. 1-Feb. 1)…Suffered the injury on Nov. 30 at San Jose…Placed on Injured Reserve, Dec. 2 (retro to Nov. 30) and activated on Jan. 31…Scored his first goal of the year on Oct. 16 vs. Calgary, his first goal since Oct. 12, 2005 (snapped 86-game drought). PLAYOFFS: Appeared in all 10 of Colorado's postseason games during his fourth appearance in the Stanley Cup Playoffs and third with the Avalanche...Scored his second career playoff goal in Game One (CQF) at Minnesota on April 9...Ranked fifth on the Avalanche in ice time (19:22). 2006-07: Set a career high in assists (6) and matched his career best in points (0g/6a), while playing only 48 games…Appeared in 45 of the last 46 games for the Avalanche after dressing in only three of the first 36 contests…Colorado was 6-0 when Sauer notched a point…Skated in his 200th NHL game on Jan. 20 vs. Detroit…Assisted on Joe Sakic’s 600th career goal for his first point of the season on Feb. 15 at Calgary…Logged a career-high 29:04 of ice time on March 7 at Buffalo, the most minutes by any Avalanche player in 2006-07. 2005-06: Skated in 37 games with the Avalanche, notching a goal and four assists with a +5 rating…Played in each of the last 28 contests after replacing an injured Ossi Vaananen in the lineup…Notched his only goal of the season on Oct. 12 vs. Nashville…Did not dress in 26 straight games from Oct. 19 to Dec. 12…Was sent to Lowell (AHL) for a conditioning assignment on Dec. 16…Played in four games for the Lock Monsters (no points) before returning to the Avalanche on Dec. 22. PLAYOFFS: Appeared in all nine playoff games for the Avalanche. 2003-04: Was acquired by Colorado on Feb. 21 and made his Avalanche debut on Feb. 22 at Minnesota…Registered his first point/assist with Colorado on March 14 vs. Phoenix…Missed the final seven games of the regular season with a groin injury…Prior to being traded to Colorado, Kurt played in 55 contests for Anaheim…Missed six games with an ankle injury from Nov. 9-21…Appeared in his 100th NHL game on Dec. 3 vs. Detroit…Scored a goal and had a shorthanded assist for his first career multiple-point game on Dec. 7 vs. Dallas. PLAYOFFS: Played in three postseason games for the Avs, all in the second round against San Jose. 2002-03: Established a Mighty Ducks franchise record for most games played by a rookie, appearing in 80 contests in his first NHL campaign…Ranked fifth among all NHL rookies in games and 10th in time on ice (18:33)…Logged a team-high 23:05 of ice time in his NHL debut Oct. 10 at St. Louis…Recorded his first NHL point with an assist Nov. 19 at Madison Square Garden…Scored his first NHL goal March 9 vs. Detroit…Missed two games, Feb. 25-26, to be with his wife, Carmen, who gave birth to the couple’s first child at 6:10 a.m. on Feb. 24 (Kohl Christopher Sauer). PLAYOFFS: Played in all 21 postseason games with Anaheim, tallying a goal and one assist with a +3 rating…Scored a shorthanded, game-winning goal in Game Two (WCF) at Minnesota…Sauer’s shorthanded tally was the first by a rookie defenseman in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since Trent Yawney scored for Chicago against St. Louis on April 24, 1989. 2001-02: Spent his third straight season with Spokane, where he was named a second-team All-WHL Western Conference defenseman and named to the Western Conference All-Star Team for the second consecutive year…Led the Spokane Chiefs with a +24 rating. 2000-01: Was selected as an alternate captain for the Spokane Chiefs…Named a Western Conference first team All-Star defenseman…Also named a second team All-Star. 1999-00: Appeared in the WHL Finals his rookie year in Spokane, collecting three points (2g/1a) in 15 playoff games after notching 15 points (3g/12a) in 71 regular season games…Was named the Chiefs Co-Rookie of the Year…Was just the second Spokane defenseman to be named a first team All-Star (Bryan McCabe being the other in 1994)…Played for Iowa in the USHL prior to joining Spokane.
 
PERSONAL
Kurt and his wife, Carmen, have three children, Kohl (4), Kasen (2) and Kade (1)…His father, Curt, pitched in the Minnesota Twins organization…Has five brothers and sisters…Younger brother, Michael, was drafted by the New York Rangers in the second round (40th overall) of the 2005 Entry Draft, and spent last season with the Medicine Hat Tigers (WHL)…Another of his brothers, Kent, was drafted in the third round in 1998 by Nashville, while brother Craig played in the NFL for both the Minnesota Vikings and Atlanta Falcons…Likes to spend the off-season with his family and fishing…His favorite fishing spot is Watab Lake…If not a hockey player, Kurt would be a teacher…His first job was bagging groceries.
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