David LeNeveu

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David LeNeveu
David LeNeveu 171109.jpg
Born (1983-05-23) May 23, 1983 (age 31)
Fernie, BC, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 187 lb (85 kg; 13 st 5 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
NHL team
Former teams
Free Agent
Phoenix Coyotes
EC Red Bull Salzburg
Columbus Blue Jackets
EHC Black Wings Linz
NHL Draft 46th overall, 2002
Phoenix Coyotes
Playing career 2003–present
Medal record
Competitor for  Canada
Men's ice hockey
World Junior Hockey Championships
Silver 2003 Canada

David LeNeveu (born May 23, 1983) is a Canadian professional ice hockey goaltender. He is currently an unrestricted free agent who most recently played for the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL), while also under contract to the Wolf Pack's major league affiliate, the New York Rangers of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Playing career[edit]

College career[edit]

As a sophomore, LeNeveu led the Cornell Big Red to the 2003 Frozen Four. He set a Cornell record for shutouts that year with nine, topping legendary goalie Ken Dryden's record of six set in 1968. He was selected to the "Hobey Hat Trick", the three finalists for the Hobey Baker Award. Following that season he elected to leave school for professional hockey.

Professional career[edit]

LeNeveu was selected by the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2nd round (46th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He made his NHL debut on October 6, 2005 against the Los Angeles Kings, making 25 saves in a 3-2 defeat.

At the trading deadline of the 2007–08 season, the Coyotes traded LeNeveu, along with forwards Fredrik Sjostrom and Josh Gratton, to the New York Rangers in exchange for Marcel Hossa and goaltender Al Montoya. He was then signed to a one-year contract by the Ducks during the 2008 NHL free agency period[1]

LeNeveu failed to play a game with the Ducks and served the year with affiliate, the Iowa Chops, for the 2008–09 season before leaving for Europe to signed initially on a try-out with EC Red Bull Salzburg on August 10, 2009.[2] After completing a one-month trial period, David's tenure to the end of the season was confirmed by Red bull Salzburg on September 8, 2009.[3]

After helping Salzburg capture the Austrian Championship, on July 7, 2010, LeNeveu signed a one-year, two-way deal to return to North America with the Columbus Blue Jackets.[4]

On August 12, 2011, LeNeveu signed a contract with the Oklahoma City Barons.[5] He recorded a career best 2.24 goals against average in 34 games during the 2011–12 season for the Barons.

A free agent into the following 2012–13 season, LeNeveu returned to Austria to sign a one-year deal to be inserted as the new starting goaltender for EHC Black Wings Linz on November 9, 2012.[6]

LeNeveu returned to North America by signing with the South Carolina Stingrays of the ECHL.[7] On December 27, 2013 LeNeveu was loaned to the Providence Bruins of the American Hockey League, he returned to the Stingrays on January 4, 2014. LeNeveu was loaned to Providence again on January 9, 2014.[8][9][10]

On January 14, 2014 the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League announced they had signed LeNeveu[11]

On January 21, 2014 the New York Rangers announced that LeNeveu had been signed to a two-way contract to serve as a backup goaltender when Henrik Lundqvist was ill and unable to play, forcing Cam Talbot to become the Rangers' starter.[12][13] LeNeveu dressed up for all Rangers games in the 2014 Stanley Cup Playoffs, and once Talbot got injured prior to the 2014 Stanley Cup Finals, became the first backup to Lundqvist.[14]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

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 Fernie Ghostriders AWHL 22 15 2 0 1140 48 0 2.49
2000–01 Nanaimo Clippers BCHL 41 2330 127 6 3.29
2001–02 Cornell University ECAC 14 11 2 1 842 21 2 1.50 .936
2002–03 Cornell University ECAC 32 28 3 1 1946 39 9 1.20 .940
2003–04 Springfield Falcons AHL 38 16 19 3 2217 102 1 2.76 .917
2004–05 Utah Grizzlies AHL 48 11 32 3 2702 132 0 2.93 .909
2005–06 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 15 3 8 2 814 44 0 3.24 .886
2005–06 San Antonio Rampage AHL 28 10 16 2 1646 80 2 2.92 .921
2006–07 San Antonio Rampage AHL 37 13 20 2 2102 104 2 2.97 .907
2006–07 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 6 2 1 0 233 15 0 3.86 .894
2007–08 San Antonio Rampage AHL 21 9 7 3 1172 52 1 2.66 .911
2007–08 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 13 8 3 2 786 24 1 1.83 .924 4 1 3 266 11 0 2.48 .910
2008–09 Iowa Chops AHL 46 20 19 6 2627 129 0 2.95 .895
2009–10 EC Red Bull Salzburg EBEL 43 2467 106 2 2.58 9 6 2 2.17 .912
2010–11 Springfield Falcons AHL 42 16 21 2 2426 120 0 2.97 .896
2010–11 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 1 0 0 0 20 2 0 6.00 .833
2011–12 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 34 18 12 3 1927 72 2 2.24 .918 1 0 0 20 0 0 0.00 1.000
2012–13 EHC Black Wings Linz EBEL 27 2.60 .917 13 2.56 .930
2013–14 South Carolina Stingrays ECHL 8 4 4 0 476 13 3 1.64 .940
2013–14 Providence Bruins AHL 1 0 1 0 59 1 0 1.01 .952
2013–14 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 22 12 8 0 1171 48 3 2.46 .915
NHL totals 22 5 9 2 1067 61 0 3.43 .887

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-ECAC Hockey Rookie Team 2001–02
ECAC Hockey Champion 2001–02
All-ECAC Hockey First Team 2002–03
ECAC Hockey Player of the Year 2002–03
AHCA East First-Team All-American 2002–03
Austrian Champion 2009–10
IIHF Continental Cup Champion 2010

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Ducks Sign LeNeveu to One-Year Deal". Anaheim Ducks. 2008-07-07. Retrieved 2013-12-28. 
  2. ^ "Neuer Torhüter absolviert Try-Out bei den Red Bulls" (in German). EC Red Bull Salzburg. 2009-08-10. Retrieved 2009-08-10. 
  3. ^ "Red Bull extend contract to LeNeveu" (in German). Austrian Hockey League. 2009-09-08. Retrieved 2009-09-08. 
  4. ^ "Blue Jackets Sign Goaltender David LeNeveu". Columbus Blue Jackets. 2010-07-07. Retrieved 2010-07-07. 
  5. ^ "Barons sign goaltender LeNeveu". The AHL.com. 2011-08-12. Retrieved 2011-08-17. 
  6. ^ "David LeNeveu new no.1 in Linz" (in German). EHC Black Wings Linz. 2012-11-09. Retrieved 2012-11-09. 
  7. ^ "Stingrays Net NHL and AHL Experience in Goaltender David LeNeveu". South Carolina Stingrays. 2013-11-27. Retrieved 2014-01-21. 
  8. ^ "Goaltender David LeNeveu Loaned to Providence". South Carolina Stingrays. 2013-12-27. Retrieved 2014-01-21. 
  9. ^ "Stingrays Receive Defenseman Steve Spinell, Goaltender David LeNeveu from Providence". South Carolina Stingrays. 2014-01-04. Retrieved 2014-01-21. 
  10. ^ "Goaltender David LeNeveu Heads to Providence". South Carolina Stingrays. 2014-01-09. Retrieved 2014-01-21. 
  11. ^ "WOLF PACK SIGN GOALTENDER DAVID LENEVEU". Hartford Wolf Pack. 2014-01-14. Retrieved 2014-01-21. 
  12. ^ "NY Rangers agree to terms on two-way deal with goalie David LeNeveu to serve as emergency backup with Henrik Lundqvist ill". New York Daily News. 2014-01-21. Retrieved 2014-01-21. 
  13. ^ "Rangers Agree to Terms With Goaltender David LeNeveu". New York Rangers. 2014-01-21. Retrieved 2014-01-21. 
  14. ^ Ashmore, Mike (2014-06-03). "David LeNeveu's one-year journey from the ECHL to the Stanley Cup Finals". The Trentonian. Retrieved 2014-06-08. 

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Marc Cavosie
ECAC Hockey Player of the Year
2002–03
Shared With
Chris Higgins
Succeeded by
Yann Danis
Preceded by
Matt Underhill
Ken Dryden Award
2002–03
Succeeded by
Yann Danis
Preceded by
Tyler Kolarik
ECAC Hockey Most Outstanding Player in Tournament
2003
Succeeded by
Brendan Bernakevitch