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Jaroslav Halak  #41

NUMBER: 41 BIRTHDATE: May 13, 1985  (AGE 29)
HEIGHT: 5' 11" BIRTHPLACE: Bratislava, Slovakia
WEIGHT: 186 DRAFTED: MTL / 2003 NHL Entry Draft
Catches: Left ROUND: 9th   (271st overall)
In 2007, Halak became the first goaltender since Bob Froese (Philadelphia - 1982-83) to win his first seven decisions at home.  During that stretch, he posted a 1.84 goals-against average, a .935 save percentage and recorded two shutouts.

Halak is the fourth Slovak-born netminder to play in the NHL, joining Ján Lašák and fellow Olympians Rastislav Staòa and Peter Budaj.   

Competing at the 2004 and 2005 World Junior Championships, he collected four shutouts -- a record for most career World Junior shutouts. His other international experience includes the 2007 and 2009 World Championships.

He played at the 2003 Under-18 World Championship helping the Slovaks win their first-ever silver medal at the IIHF event.  He faced 206 shots through seven games and was named the Top Goaltender of the tournament.  He was also a member of the 2002 Under-18 team.   

He was named Slovak’s Goaltender of the Year in 2009.

Quote of the Day

That was something I've been dreaming of, something I've told myself before the third period I was going to do ... It was an amazing feeling. It's hard to describe. I didn't believe it went in at first but when I saw all the reaction and all the fans going crazy and my teammates going crazy, it's just an unbelievable feeling. I didn't know what to do. I didn't know whether to jump or just skate and do a Theo Fleury. I don't think I'm the same caliber player he is so I couldn't do it.

— Flames forward Mikael Backlund on scoring the overtime winner against the Ducks in Gm. 3