Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Peter Skudra
Goaltender Peter Skudra, who was born in Riga, Latvia on April 24th, 1973, played two years in his homeland before he took his skills to North America to pursue his professional career in 1994. After apprenticing for three years in the minor leagues Skudra signed a free agent deal with the Pittsburgh Penguins on September 24th, 1997.

With the Penguins Skudra got into 17 games and posted a 6-4-3 record while filling in for veterans Tom Barrasso and Ken Wregget. The following year, with Wregget traded to the Calgary Flames, Skudra became the Penguins back up and appeared in 37 contests and posted a 15-11-5 record. The next season the emergence of youngster Jean-Sebastian Aubin, who played 51 games for Pittsburgh, limited Skudra to 20 appearances. At seasons end Skudra's contract expired and he was released to free agency.

Just prior to the 2000-01 season Skudra signed a free agent deal with the Boston Bruins. Just three days into his Bruin career Skudra was put on waivers and claimed by the Buffalo Sabres. With just one game with Buffalo under his belt, Skudra was on the move again. The eventual signing of Martin Biron made Skudra redundant and he was placed on waivers where he was re-acquired by the Bruins.

Back in Beantown, Skudra found himself in a good situation where the departure of regular back up Robbie Tallas and a nagging knee injury to starter Byron Dafoe created an opportunity for Skudra. Skudra played 26 games for Boston, and though he managed just six victories, it was still the second most wins on the club amongst the five netminders they used that year.

In 2001-02 Skudra went to camp with the New York Rangers to audition for the back up position behind Mike Richter. Despite a solid training camp Skudra was beaten out by the solid play of an 18 year old netminder named Dan Blackburn. The season began without a contract for Skudra, but that would soon change. When Martin Brochu stumbled as the Vancouver Canucks back up he was waived and the call went out to Skudra.

Skudra signed a deal with the Canucks and settled in as Dan Cloutier's back up giving Vancouver the solid tandem they required. In his first two seasons with the Canucks organization Skudra spent most of his time with the parent club while also seeing some action with the team's AHL affiliate in Manitoba.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1990-91 RShVSM-Energo Riga USSR-3 1
1990-91 Soviet Union EJC-A 3 1.02
1991-92 RShVSM-Energo Riga CIS-3 33
1992-93 Pardaugava Riga CIS 27 2.96 1 0 5.00
1992-93 Pardaugava Riga II Latvia 12 4.03
1992-93 Latvia WC-C 2 1 0 0 1 0.00
1993-94 Pardaugava Riga CIS 14 3.22
1993-94 Hokeja Centrs Riga Latvia 3 2.05
1993-94 Latvia WC-B
1994-95 Greensboro Monarchs ECHL 33 13 9 5 0 4.20 6 2 2 0 4.92
1994-95 Memphis RiverKings CHL 2 0 1 0 0 6.00
1995-96 Erie Panthers ECHL 12 3 8 1 0 4.14
1995-96 Johnstown Chiefs ECHL 30 12 11 4 0 3.55
1996-97 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 32 8 16 2 0 3.75
1996-97 Johnstown Chiefs ECHL 4 2 1 1 0 3.30
1996-97 Latvia WC-A 1 0 0 0 0 7.16
1997-98 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 17 6 4 3 0 1.83
1997-98 Houston Aeros IHL 9 5 3 1 0 2.77
1997-98 Kansas City Blades IHL 13 10 3 0 0 2.86 8 4 4 1 2.34
1998-99 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 37 15 11 5 3 2.79
1999-00 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 20 5 7 3 1 3.12 1 0 0 0 3.00
2000-01 Buffalo Sabres NHL 1 0 0 0 0 0.00
2000-01 Rochester Americans AHL 2 2 0 0 0 2.50
2000-01 Boston Bruins NHL 25 6 12 1 0 3.33
2000-01 Providence Bruins AHL 3 3 0 0 0 1.67
2001-02 Vancouver Canucks NHL 23 10 8 2 1 2.42 2 0 1 0 3.13
2001-02 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 3 2 1 0 0 2.69
2002-03 Vancouver Canucks NHL 23 9 5 6 1 2.72
2002-03 Manitoba Moose AHL 1 1 0 0 0 3.00
2003-04 Ak Bars Kazan Russia 9 0 2.20
2003-04 Khimik Moscow Region (Voskresensk) Russia 34 6 1.73
2004-05 Khimik Moscow Region (Voskresensk) Russia 42 3 2.49
NHL Totals 146 51 47 20 6 2.73 3 0 1 0 3.10


Signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh, September 25, 1997. Signed as a free agent by Boston, October 3, 2000. Claimed on waivers by Buffalo from Boston, October 6, 2000.
Played 27 seconds of game vs. Anaheim, October 20, 2000. Claimed on waivers by Boston from Buffalo, November 14, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, November 7, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Ak Bars Kazan (Russia), May 31, 2003. Traded to Voskresensk (Russia) by Ak Bars Kazan (Russia) for Boris Tortunov, November 11, 2003. Signed as a free agent by CSKA Moscow, July 7, 2005.
Played w/ RHI's Oklahoma Coyotes in 1996 (18-10-4-1-(1)-721-90-0-5.99).
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