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Peter Budaj
Peter Budaj
Number: 31
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 192
Catches: Left
Born: Sep 18, 1982  (Age 33)
Birthplace: Banská Bystrica, Slovakia
Drafted: COL / 2001 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 2nd (63rd overall)
2009-10 SEASON
Started 11 games and appeared four times in relief…Posted a 5-5-2 record with a 2.64 goals against average and .917 save percentage…Moved into third place on the franchise’s all-time lists for appearances (197) and shutouts (8) and moved into fourth place in wins (86)…Was a member of the 2010 Slovakian Olympic Team and also played for Slovakia at the 2010 IIHF World Championship following the season…Missed four games (flu), Oct. 23-28…Made his first start (and appearance) of the season on Nov. 4 vs. Phoenix, stopping 28-of-29 shots in a 4-1 victory…Went 3-2-0 in five starts during the month of December with a 1.21 GAA and .962 Sv%…Started four straight games, Dec. 3-9… Posted his first shutout of the season on Dec. 7 at St. Louis, stopping all 35 shots in a 4-0 victory over the Blues…Blocked 36 shots in a 5-3 win at St. Louis on March 16, his first start since Jan. 8…Made a season-high 40 saves in a 5-4 OT loss at Edmonton on April 7. PLAYOFFS: Appeared in one postseason game, playing the final nine minutes in Game 5 (WCQF) at San Jose on April 22.

2008-09: Appeared in 56 games (55 starts), posting a 20-29-5 record with a 2.86 GAA and two shutouts…Led the club with 20 victories, reaching the 20-win plateau for the second time in his career…Received the second-lowest goal support average among NHL goaltenders (2.17 per game)…The NY Islanders’ Yann Danis had the lowest at 2.11…Tied a franchise record with 29 losses, equaling the mark set by Ron Tugnutt in 1990-91…Posted a 7-4 record in shootouts, allowing just 13 goals on 35 attempts (.629 Sv%)… Only Henrik Lundqvist (9) and Ryan Miller (8) won more shootouts in 2008-09...Colorado’s Opening Night starter for the second consecutive year…Was named the NHL’s Second Star of the Week for October 20-26 (3-0, 1.62 GAA)…Made a career-high 47 saves on Nov. 18 at Calgary…Finished the season by going 1-0-3 with a 0.96 GAA and .967 Sv% in his last four starts…Earned his second shutout of the year despite a 1-0 loss in a shootout on April 7 at San Jose. 2007-08: Started 30 games for the Avalanche and appeared five times in relief…Made his first career Opening Night start on Oct. 3 vs. Dallas, stopping 31 shots in a 4-3 victory…Played in his 100th NHL game on Nov. 3 vs. Vancouver. PLAYOFFS: Appeared in three games against Detroit (CSF), compiling a .908 Sv% in 108 minutes…Made his NHL playoff debut in Game One (CSF) at Detroit on April 24, stopping all 20 shots he faced in relief of Jose Theodore. 2006-07: Posted a 31-16-6 record in 57 appearances, joining Patrick Roy and David Aebischer as the only goaltenders in franchise history to win 30 games in a single season…Started 17 of the last 19 games for the Avalanche, 39 of the last 46 and 43 of the last 53…Went 13-1-2 in his final 17 starts…Participated in the NHL’s YoungStars Game on Jan. 23 in Dallas, making 18 saves…Went a franchise-record 16 consecutive decisions (13-0-3) without suffering a regulation loss from Feb. 24 to April 5…Surpassed Patrick Roy’s mark of 14 straight decisions without a regulation loss from March 26, 2000 to Oct. 28, 2000…Named the NHL’s First Star of the Month in March after going 10-0-2 in 13 appearances…Tied the franchise record for most wins by a goaltender in a single month (Daniel Bouchard, Feb. of 1981)…Compiled a career-best shutout streak of 120 minutes, 49 seconds from Nov. 7-18…Strung together a personal-best fivegame winning streak, Feb. 27-March 7…Named the NHL’s Third Star of the Week for Feb. 26-March 4 (3-0, 1.97 GAA). 2005-06: Appeared in 34 games, one shy of the franchise rookie record set by Mario Gosselin in 1984-85…Led the Avalanche in goals-against average (2.86) and save percentage(.900)…Tied for sixth among NHL rookies with 14 wins…Second most wins by a rookie in team history, trailing only Gosselin’s 19 victories in 1984- 85…Started 14 straight games, March 9-April 9, the first Avalanche goaltender to start 14 consecutive games since Patrick Roy started 16 straight from Jan. 12-Feb. 21, 1999…Made his NHL debut on Oct. 8 at Dallas, stopping 16-of-18 shots to earn his first career victory…Recorded his first NHL shutout with a 33-save performance on March 12 vs. Calgary. 2004-05: Made 59 appearances in his third season with Hershey (AHL), notching 29 wins and five shutouts…Won nine consecutive starts, Dec. 17-Jan. 12. 2003-04: Posted a 2.80 GAA in 46 games with Hershey. 2002-03: Played his first professional season with the Hershey Bears. 2001-02: Led the Ontario Hockey League in wins (26), goals-against average (2.29) and save percentage (.922) with St. Michael’s…Named to the OHL Second All-Star Team…Nominated for the Red Tilson Trophy as the OHL’s outstanding player…Selected to participate in the 2002 Hershey Cup CHL All-Star Series Game. 2000-01: Appeared in 37 regular season games for St. Michael’s…Led the OHL in playoff save percentage at .923. 1999-00: Named St. Michael’s Majors’ Rookie of the Year.

Was a member of the 2010 Slovakian Olympic Team (second straight appearance at Olympics)… Dressed as the backup goaltender in all seven games for Slovakia, which finished fourth…Started all six games for Slovakia at the 2010 IIHF World Championship in Germany, compiling a 2-4 record with a .913 save percentage…Made his Olympic debut at the 2006 Winter Games in Torino, Italy, posting a 2-1-0 record with a 2.01 GAA and .924 Sv%…Made three starts at the 2006 Olympics, including the quarterfinal match against the Czech Republic…Appeared in one game at the 2008 IIHF World Championship…Member of Team Slovakia at the 2001 and 2002 IIHF World Junior Championships and the 2000 IIHF World Under-18 Championship.

Peter and his wife, Taylor, have a son, Peter Jr., who was born this past July…Nickname is “Boods”… Favorite hockey player growing up was Patrick Roy…Donates his time to the “Teammates For Kids” foundation…Participates in the Avalanche’s on-ice clinics for youth hockey players and the club’s “Team Fit” program, which promotes healthy living habits among school-age children…Is an avid soccer fan…Last name is pronounced BOO-digh.

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