The Ducks announced on Thursday that they have has reassigned goaltender David LeNeveu to the Iowa Chops, Anaheim’s primary development affiliate in the American Hockey League (AHL).
LeNeveu, 25 (5/23/83), appeared in two preseason games with the Ducks, going 1-0-1 with a 2.40 goals-against average (GAA) and .900 save percentage (SV%). Signed by Anaheim as a free agent on July 7, 2008, LeNeveu posted a 17-10-5 record with a 2.33 GAA and .916 SV% in 34 games with San Antonio and Hartford of the AHL last season.
The 6-1, 194-pound goaltender has also appeared in 21 career NHL contests (all with the Phoenix Coyotes), posting a 5-9-2 record with a 3.38 GAA and .888 SV%. He recorded his first NHL win on Oct. 25, 2005 in a 5-4 overtime victory vs. St. Louis. LeNeveu has also appeared in 185 career AHL contests over five seasons with a 2.79 GAA, recording seven shutouts. The netminder ranked third in the AHL with a .921 SV% in 2005-06.
LeNeveu appeared in 46 career Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) contests over two seasons with the Cornell Big Red. A runner-up for the 2003 Hobey Baker Award, his 1.20 GAA that season set a then-NCAA Division 1 record. He also helped lead Cornell to the Semifinal game of the NCAA Frozen Four Tournament in 2002-03 in addition to being named to the NCAA East First All-American Team. Earning accolades such as the 2003 ECAC Player of the Year and the Ken Dryden Award (ECAC’s Top Goaltender), LeNeveu also owns the NCAA Division 1 record for the best career GAA (1.29).
A native of Fernie, British Columbia, LeNeveu was drafted by Phoenix in the second round (46th overall) of the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. He was acquired by the NY Rangers with Fredrik Sjostrom, Josh Gratton and a conditional pick in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft in exchange for Al Montoya and Marcel Hossa on Feb. 26, 2008.