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Peter Budaj (born September 18, 1982) is a Slovakianmarker professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career

Budaj was drafted by the Avalanche in the 2001 draft as the first pick for the Avalanche and 63rd overall. He wears number 31 for the Colorado Avalanche and recently finished playing his fourth season in the NHL (2008-09). Prior to this, he played for the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) and the Toronto St. Michael's Majors of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).

In his first NHL season (2005–06), he appeared in 34 games while backing up David Aebischer and then José Théodore. He recorded a combined 47 wins in the next two seasons while splitting duties with Théodore. His first and only NHL playoff appearances came in the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs in relief of Théodore in Colorado's second round matchup against the eventual Stanley Cup champions Detroit Red Wings.

Budaj played his 100th NHL game on November 3, 2007, in a 4-3 home loss against the Vancouver Canucks.

For the 2008-09 season, Budaj was named the starting goalie for the Colorado Avalanche for the first time. He and backup goaltender Andrew Raycroft struggled throughout the season as the Avalanche finished last in the Western Conference, missing the playoffs for the second time in last three seasons.

On June 29, 2009, Budaj was re-signed by the Avalanche to a one-year contract for the 2009-10 season. He is currently playing as the Avs' backup goalie to Craig Anderson, formerly of the Florida Panthers.

The Colorado Avalanche confirmed that backup goalie Peter Budaj had swine flu. "We've taken the necessary steps and precautions to keep him away from the rest of the guys," Avalanche head coach Joe Sacco said prior to a game against the Oilers. "Hopefully he'll be able join us at some point during this road trip." Budaj finally made his first appearance of the season on November 4, against the Phoenix Coyotes. He stopped 28 of 29 shots and backstopped the Avs to a 4-1 victory.

Mask

Budaj is perhaps best known for having the depiction of Ned Flanders, a popular character from TV's The Simpsons painted on the back of his masks. In 2008, Budaj began wearing a mask featuring the character Altaïr from the popular video game Assassin's Creed.The mask primarily worn by Budaj during the 2008-09 season features a burgundy colored version of the comic book hero The Hulk, although he did continue wearing the Assassin's Creed mask as well. Budaj's 2009-10 mask features his racing idol Valentino Rossi on one side, the Avalanche's alternate foot logo on the other, and retains Ned Flanders on the back.

Awards & achievements

Career statistics

Regular season and Playoffs

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1999–00 Toronto St. Michael's Majors OHL 34 6 18 1 - 1676 112 1 4.01 .882 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2000–01 Toronto St. Michael's Majors OHL 37 17 12 3 - 1996 95 3 2.86 .907 11 6 4 621 26 1 2.51
2001–02 Toronto St. Michael's Majors OHL 42 26 9 5 - 1148 89 2 2.29 .922 12 5 6 620 34 1 3.29 .898
2002–03 Hershey Bears AHL 28 10 10 2 - 1467 65 2 2.66 .911 1 0 0 6 2 0 20.81 .333
2003–04 Hershey Bears AHL 46 17 20 6 - 2574 120 3 2.80 .916 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2004–05 Hershey Bears AHL 59 29 25 2 - 3356 148 5 2.65 .919 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2005–06 Colorado Avalanche NHL 34 14 10 - 6 1802 86 2 2.86 .900 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2006–07 Colorado Avalanche NHL 57 31 16 - 6 3198 143 3 2.68 .905 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
2007–08 Colorado Avalanche NHL 35 16 10 - 4 1912 82 0 2.57 .903 3 0 0 107 6 0 3.33 .908
2008–09 Colorado Avalanche NHL 56 20 29 - 5 3232 154 2 2.86 .899 -- -- -- -- -- -- -- --
NHL totals 182 81 65 - 21 10,146 465 7 2.75 .902 3 0 0 107 6 0 3.33 .908
AHL totals 133 56 55 10 - 7,397 333 10 2.70 .917 1 0 0 6 2 0 20.81 .333
OHL totals 113 49 39 9 - 4,820 296 6 3.68 .905 23 11 10 1241 60 2 2.90


International

Year Team Event GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA
2000 Slovakia WJ-18 5 2 3 - 249 13 0 3.13
2001 Slovakia WJC 4 1 3 - 239 16 0 4.01
2002 Slovakia WJC 4 1 - 2 212 11 1 3.11
2004 Slovakia W-Cup - - - - - - - -
2006 Slovakia Oly 3 2 1 - 179 6 0 2.01
Senior int'l totals 3 2 1 - 179 6 0 2.01


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