Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Nathan Lieuwen
Nathan Lieuwen was born on August 8, 1991 in Abbotsford, British Columbia. The 6’5 goaltending product of the WHL’s Kootenay Ice was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the sixth round, 167th overall, in the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

In Lieuwen’s first season with the Kootenay Ice, he was involved in a car accident which limited his early career in the WHL. Despite injury concerns and having to share his net due to them, Lieuwen managed to prove that he was the star goalie that the Kootenay Ice thought he was when they drafted him 16th overall in the 2005 WHL Draft. In the 2011 WHL Playoffs, Lieuwen led the Ice where he won 11 games with three shutouts, taking them to a WHL Championship where he would gain MVP honours.

At the conclusion of his WHL career, the Buffalo Sabres would assign Lieuwen to their AHL affiliate, the Rochester Americans. He would play parts of the next two seasons with the Americans before the Sabres would call him up to make his NHL debut on March 16, 2014 where he relieved Jhonas Enroth in a 2-0 loss to the Montreal Canadiens.

Lieuwen would make his first NHL start on March 18, 2014 in a 3-1 loss to the Calgary Flames. Later he would record his first win on April 1, 2014 in a 3-2 shootout victory over the New Jersey Devils. However he would record a concussion two games later, ending his season.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
2007-08 Westside Warriors BCHL 13 9 2 0 0 1.94 3 0 2 0 0 4.32
2007-08 Kootenay Ice WHL 3 1 1 0 0 3.26
2008-09 Kootenay Ice WHL 37 14 12 2 3 2.94
2009-10 Kootenay Ice WHL 26 10 10 0 0 3.08 3 0 1 0 1.92
2010-11 Kootenay Ice WHL 55 33 16 4 3 2.78 19 16 3 3 2.24
2011-12 Kootenay Ice WHL 57 27 20 8 3 2.50 4 0 4 0 3.53
2012-13 Greenville Road Warriors ECHL 27 14 10 2 1 2.93
2012-13 Rochester Americans AHL 4 1 2 0 1 2.65
2013-14 Buffalo Sabres NHL 7 1 4 0 0 2.98
2013-14 Rochester Americans AHL 32 17 11 2 2 2.34
2014-15 Rochester Americans AHL 16 4 9 0 0 3.29
2015-16 Rochester Americans AHL 28 14 11 2 2 2.91
2016-17 Colorado Eagles ECHL 12 6 2 2 0 3.48
2016-17 San Antonio Rampage AHL 2 0 1 0 0 3.83
NHL Totals 7 1 4 0 0 2.97


WHL East Second All-Star Team (2012) Officially announced his retirement, May 31, 2017.
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