COYOTES SIGN LENEVEU TO ONE-YEAR CONTRACT
GLENDALE, ARIZONA -- Phoenix Coyotes General Manager Michael Barnett announced today that the Coyotes have signed goaltender David LeNeveu to a one-year contract. As per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.
Last season, his first in the NHL, LeNeveu played in 15 games with the Coyotes, compiling a 3-8 record, 3.24 goals against average (GAA) and .886 save percentage (SV%). He made his NHL debut on Oct. 6 at Los Angeles and then recorded his first NHL win on Oct. 25 versus St. Louis in a 24-save performance. The Fernie, British Columbia native also played in 28 games with the Coyotes' top minor league affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League (AHL). LeNeveu tallied a 10-16-2 record, 2.92 GAA, .921 SV% and 2 shutouts with San Antonio in 2005-06.
LeNeveu played in his first AHL All-Star Game in 2004 as a member of the Springfield Falcons (AHL). Prior to turning pro, the 23-year-old netminder posted a career record of 39-5-2 in two seasons at Cornell (ECAC). In 2002-03 with Cornell, he finished as a runner up for the 2003 Hobey Baker Award and his 1.20 GAA was the best ever recorded in NCAA history. LeNeveu led the entire NCAA in GAA and win percentage (.914) that season and was named to the 2003 NCAA East First All-American Team, the ECAC First All-Star Team and the ECAC Player of the Year. As a freshman at Cornell, the 6-foot-1, 187-pound goalie was named to the 2002 ECAC All-Rookie Team.