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Jozef Balej

Jozef Balej  #8

Right Wing
NUMBER: 8 BIRTHDATE: February 22, 1982
HEIGHT: 6' 0" BIRTHPLACE: Myjava, Slovakia
WEIGHT: 195 DRAFTED: MTL / 2000 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Right ROUND: 3rd   (78th overall)
WHL West First All-Star Team (2002) Canadian Major Junior Second All-Star Team (2002) Traded to NY Rangers by Montreal with Montreal's 2nd round choice (Bruce Graham) in 2004 Entry Draft for Alex Kovalev, March 2, 2004. Traded to Vancouver by NY Rangers with future consdierations for Fedor Fedorov, October 7, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Fribourg (Swiss), July 24, 2006.
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We've got to find a way to win a game. He's played well in the minors, now he gets his opportunity. We tried [with Jonathan Bernier]. The way I look at it, you get opportunities and you make the most of it. That's what [James Reimer] did. Now another opportunity is here and Sparks ... you gotta grab it. Is he ready? We'll find out.

— Maple Leafs coach Mike Babcock to the Toronto Star on recalling goalie Garret Sparks from the AHL to start Monday in his NHL debut
World Cup of Hockey 2016