TAMPA BAY – The Tampa Bay Lightning have recalled goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis (güd-LEV-skeez) from the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, vice president and general manager Steve Yzerman announced today.
Gudlevskis, 21, has appeared in 34 games with the Crunch this season, posting a record of 18-11-4 to go along with a 2.68 goals-against average and .901 save percentage. He leads all Crunch goalies for games played and wins and ranks tied for second in the AHL for shutouts with five. Gudlevskis dressed for his first NHL game on February 8 against the Red Wings, but served as the back-up. He began the season with the Florida Everblades of the ECHL, posting a 7-4-0 record with a 1.83 goals-against average and .925 save percentage in 11 games.
A native of Aizkraukle, Latvia, Gudlevskis represented his country at the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi, Russia. He played in two games for Latvia, posting a 3.54 goals-against average and .919 save percentage. Gudlevskis made 55 saves against Team Canada in a 2-1 loss in the quarterfinals at the 2014 Winter Olympics.
Gudlevskis was drafted by the Lightning in the fifth round, 124th overall, at the 2013 NHL Draft.