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Peter Budaj
NUMBER: 30 BIRTHDATE: September 18, 1982  (AGE 31)
HEIGHT: 6' 1" BIRTHPLACE: Banská Bystrica, Slovakia
WEIGHT: 192 DRAFTED: COL / 2001 NHL Entry Draft
Catches: Left ROUND: 2nd   (63rd overall)
Budaj first played for Slovakia in 1997 at an “Olympic Hopeful” Under-16 tournament.  He was a member of Team Slovakia at the 2001 and 2002 World Junior Championships and the 2000 World Under-18 Championship.

He made his Olympic debut at the 2006 Winter Games, posting a 2-1-0 record with a 2.01 goals-against average and .924 save percentage.  Slovakia’s goaltender trio of Budai, Jan Lasek, and Karol Krizan ranked second only to Finland for highest save percentage (.937) through six tournament games.

Budaj appeared in one game for Slovakia at the 2008 World Championship.

I didn't think it would actually work, but it ended up working, so I'm thanking my lucky stars tonight.

— Columbus forward Nick Foligno on scoring the overtime goal after telling the Blue Jackets in the locker room that he would win the game