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budajPosition: goalie
Date of birth: September 18, 1982
Place of birth: BanskŠ Bystrica, Slovakia (Europe)
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 200 lbs
Club: Colorado Avalanche (NHL)
Coach: Joel Quenneville
Jersey number: 31 (37 in Slovak national team)
Catches: left
Family status: single
Nicks: Buddy, Budha


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He has got three-year contract with Colorado Avalanche since 2006.

- as sixteen-year-old he left Slovakia and started play ice hockey in Canada
- in 2001 NHL Entry draft was selected from 63th place by Colorado Avalanche
- he played in AHL as member of Hearshey Bears organisation before he start in NHL
- in his 1st NHL season he played in 34 games, his debut was in Oct. 9, 2005 against Stars
- he tied for sixth among NHL rookies last season with 14 wins
- he played in Olympics as member of Slovak national team
Appeared in 34 games this year, one shy of the franchise rookie record set by Mario Gosselin in 1984-85 ... Tied for sixth among all NHL rookies with 14 wins...Second most by a rookie in team history, trailing only Gosselin's 19 victories in 1984-85 ... Allowed two goals or less in 17 of his 29 starts this year ... Appeared five times in relief, going 1-2-0 with two no decisions ... Participated in five shootouts (0-5) ... Got the bulk of the action down the stretch following the trade of David Aebischer to Montreal ... Started 14 straight games, March 9 - April 9, posting a 7-4-2 record with two shutouts, a 2.99 goals-against average and a .900 save percentage (389 shots, 39 goals, 781 minutes) ... 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 ... Made his second start on Oct. 14 vs. Chicago, recording 38 saves in a shootout loss to the Blackhawks ... Started back-to-back games for the first time in his career, Nov. 16-18, earning the victory in both starts ... Started four of Colorado's five games from Nov. 16-23 ... Got the loss in relief of Aebischer on Dec. 4 vs. Buffalo, despite allowing just one goal in two periods (13 shots) ... Did not dress on Dec. 7 vs. Boston and Dec. 10 at Pittsburgh ... Missed his scheduled start on Dec. 18th because of the flu ... Earned his first victory at Pepsi Center with a 4-3 win on Dec. 22 vs. Minnesota ... Got the win in relief of Vitaly Kolesnik on Dec. 26 vs. Phoenix ... Did not play in nine straight games, Jan. 3-21 ... Played the final 32 seconds on Jan. 24 vs. Calgary in what was his first appearance since Dec. 31 ... Finished runner up for NHL defensive player of the week, March 6-12 ... Won both of his starts during the week while stopping 59 of 60 shots ... Recorded his first career NHL shutout with a 33-save performance on March 12 vs. Calgary ... Posted a shutout streak of 113:11 from March 9-13 ... Notched his first career overtime victory on March 25 at St. Louis.
Made his Olympic debut with Slovakia at the 2006 Winter Games ... Emerged as Slovakia's No. 1 goaltender, helping them to a 5-0 record in the preliminary round and a No. 1 seed in Group B ... He made three starts, including the quarterfinal match against the Czech Republic, posting a 2-1-0 record with a 2.01 GAA and .924 save pct ... Earned a 5-3 victory over Russia in the opening game on Feb. 15 ... Stopped 29 of 30 shots in a 2-1 victory over Team USA on Feb. 18.

2003-04: Played in his second season with the Hershey Bears (AHL) and second as a pro ... Recorded career-best for games played (46), wins (17), shutouts (3), and minutes played (2574) ... Earned his first shutout on the year with a 1-0 win at Mile One Stadium in St. John's on October 16 ... Was unbeated through his first five decisions from October 11 to 24 (4-0-1) ... Collected his 11th win of the season, a new career-high, on January 9 against Syracuse ... Registered back-to-back home shutouts on January 21 and 28 at GIANT Center, blanking Springfield 2-0 and following up seven days later with a 2-0 whitewash of Providence ... Notched wins in back-to-back road games in Springfield and Albany on April 4 and 7. 2002-03: Played his first professional season with the Hershey Bears (AHL) ... Made his first professional start/appearance on October 20 versus Albany and earned his first win (4-1) with the Bears on November 9 versus the Chicago Wolves ... Became the first Hershey goaltender to shutout the Philadelphia Phantoms in Philly on November 29 (2-0) ... Notched his second shutout of the season behind a 43-save effort on January 10 at Binghampton (3-0).

Junior Career
2001-02: Led all OHL goaltenders in wins (26), fewest losses (9), goals against average (2.29), and save percentage (.922) ... Selected to participate in the 2002 Hershey Cup CHL All-Star Series Game ... Named to the Second OHL All-Star Team ... Nominated for the Red Tilson Trophy as the OHLís outstanding player ... OHL Goaltender of the Month for March ... 2000-01: Led the OHL in playoff save percentage with a .923 mark ... 1999-00: Named the St. Michael's Majorsí Rookie of the Year ... Selected 48th overall in the 1999 CHL Import Draft.

International Career
Selected to Team Slovakia for the 2004 World Cup of Hockey to be played in August and September ... Performed for Slovakia at the World Junior championships in 2001 and 2002 ... Played for Slovakia at the Under-18 2000 World Championship, capturing Slovakiaís MVP honor.

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