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Arturs Irbe

Arturs Irbe  #1

Goalie
NUMBER: 1 BIRTHDATE: February 2, 1967
HEIGHT: 5' 8" BIRTHPLACE: Riga, Latvia
WEIGHT: 190 DRAFTED: MNS / 1989 NHL Entry Draft
Catches: Left ROUND: 10th   (196th overall)
Named Best Goaltender at EJC-A (1985) USSR Rookie of the Year (1988) Named Best Goaltender at WEC-A (1990)IHL First All-Star Team (1992) James Norris Memorial Trophy (fewest goals against IHL) (1992) (shared with Wade Flaherty) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1994, 1999) Claimed by San Jose from Minnesota in Dispersal Draft, May 30, 1991. Signed as a free agent by Dallas, August 19, 1996. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, August 25, 1997. Signed as a free agent by Carolina, September 14, 1998. Traded to Columbus by Carolina for future considerations, June 16, 2004.
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Hopefully [Jonathan] has a year that pushes us, that is the organization, to speak to him next summer and looking for [a long-term contract]. Because the thought process is trying to get a goaltender, and hopefully it's Jonathan, to be the stabilizer for this franchise.

— Maple Leafs GM Lou Lamoriello on goaltender Jonathan Bernier