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Here's to you, Peter!

Goaltender Peter Budaj announced his retirement over the weekend, moving on after a 13-year NHL career

by Matt Cudzinowski @CanadiensMTL /

MONTREAL - Peter Budaj is officially hanging up his pads.

The 36-year-old goaltender played his final professional game on Friday night with the Los Angeles Kings' AHL affiliate, the Ontario Reign.

Tweet from @ontarioreign: Thank you @PBudaj31 for an incredible career! #BorntoR31gn

Budaj enjoyed a 13-year NHL career that included stops in Colorado, Montreal, Los Angeles and Tampa Bay.

The Slovak netminder signed as a free agent with the Canadiens on July 1, 2011 and would spend three seasons sporting the bleu-blanc-rouge.

Budaj made 54 regular-season appearances - including 48 starts - for the Habs, compiling a 23-16-9 record, along with a 2.47 goals-against average, a .910 save percentage and two shutouts.

While still a member of the Canadiens, he also represented his country at the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi.

During his time in the NHL ranks, Budaj registered a 158-132-40 record, along with a 2.70 goals-against average, a .904 save percentage and 18 shutouts. 

Looking back

Budaj made his fair share of appearances on HabsTV over the years.

Shortly after joining the Canadiens, Budaj was featured in a segment examining the meaning behind the various pieces of artwork on his mask.

Watch: Youtube Video

He also shared his "Welcome to the NHL" moment, during which he detailed a memorable encounter with Patrick Roy.

Watch: Youtube Video

Seeing Budaj go head-to-head with good buddy Carey Price in a game of foosball was a lot of fun, too.

Video: Foosball Duel ft. Price and Budaj

We really enjoyed this head-to-head Christmas-themed matchup between Budaj and former defenseman Raphael Diaz as well.

Video: Ugly Xmas Sweater Cookies Duel ft. Budaj and Diaz

Then, Price and Budaj squared off in a memorable game of "Who knows you best?"

Watch: Youtube Video

For all you aspiring goalies out there, Budaj helped demonstrate some exercises that can improve your game.

Watch: Youtube Video

Watch: Youtube Video

Lastly, 24CH paid a visit to Budaj's hometown of Banska Bystrica to learn more about his roots.

Watch: Youtube Video

Congratulations on a wonderful career, Peter! We wish you all the best in retirement!

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