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Former fan favorite Peter Budaj hired as assistant coach

Just a month after retiring, he’s back in the game! Awesome news!

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Former NHL goaltender Peter Budaj, who retired at the end of the 2018-19 regular season, has announced that he’s accepted an assistant coaching job with Montana State University.

The 36 year old played nearly 15 seasons in the NHL, most recently with the Los Angeles Kings, but also with the Tampa Bay Lightning, Montreal Canadiens and Colorado Avalanche.

Read below for the official press release of this hiring courtesy of MSU Hockey:


Montana State University Hockey is pleased to announce the addition of Peter Budaj to the coaching staff. 
Budaj retired in 2019 after a professional career spanning 17 seasons in both the NHL and AHL. He played for the Colorado Avalanche, Montreal Canadians, Winnipeg Jets, Los Angeles Kings, and the Tampa Bay Lightning. Budaj was drafted in 2001 by the Avalanche, the 63rd pick overall. He also played in two Olympic Games for Slovakia in 2006 and 2014.
Budaj said, “I am very excited about joining the staff of MSU hockey. The team had a really strong season last year and I can’t wait for the season to start and see where we can take this growing program. I am excited to share all of my knowledge of many years in the NHL to help the team and individual players reach their potential.” Budaj’s focus with the team will be as the goaltending and special teams coach. 
He recently relocated to Bozeman with his wife and two children.