BARONS SIGN GOALTENDER DAVID LENEVEU
By Josh Evans, OKC BaronsThe Oklahoma City Barons, American Hockey League affiliate of the Edmonton Oilers, signed goaltender David LeNeveu, general manager Bill Scott officially announced today.
LeNeveu, a 6-1, 187-pounder from Fernie, British Columbia was originally a 2nd round draft choice (46th overall) of the Phoenix Coyotes in the 2002 NHL Entry draft. A veteran of nearly 300 professional games, LeNeveu has played the majority of his career in the AHL, posting a 103-137-23 record, 2.84 goals against average and .908 saves percentage in 273 AHL games with Springfield, Utah, San Antonio and Hartford. He has played in 22 NHL games with Phoenix and most recently the Columbus Blue Jackets.
His most successful campaign in the AHL was the 07-08 campaign when he split time between the San Antonio Rampage and Hartford Wolf Pack. He compiled a 17-10-5 mark, 2.32 goals against average and .916 saves percentage.
LeNeveu played in Austria during the 2009-10 season with Salzburg EC. He appeared in 34 games with Salzburg, guiding them to their league championship. In nine playoff games with Salzburg, he posted a 6-2 record and 2.17 goals against average.
“Dave is an experienced goaltender who knows what it takes to win and he will provide leadership for our young team on and off the ice,” said Scott. “Dave is a quality person and we look forward to having he and his family be a part of the team and community in Oklahoma City.”
Prior to being drafted by the Coyotes, LeNeveu was a standout at Cornell University. In 46 games over two seasons, he posted a 39-5-2 mark, 1.29 goals against average and .938 saves percentage. His best season was the 02-03 campaign when he posted 28 wins, including nine shutouts, and led the Big Red to the Frozen Four. Those nine shutouts bested the mark of six set by NHL Hall of Famer Ken Dryden. He earned a nomination for the Hobey Baker Award as the nation’s best collegiate hockey player.
“I’m excited to play in Oklahoma City,” said LeNeveu. “I’ve heard good things about the city and am looking forward to getting there and getting my family set up. In the past I’ve played with guys like Bryan Helmer, Josh Green and Corey Potter. The opportunity with the Edmonton organization is positive for myself.”
He joins defenseman Bryan Helmer and forward Andrew Lord as players signed by the Barons for the 11-12 season.
The Barons home opener is slated for October 15 at the Cox Convention Center. The Barons offer a range of ticketing options from full Season Seat packages, 21-game packages, 11-game and six-game packs. All ticketing packages are available by calling 232-GOAL (4625) or by visiting the Barons website at okcbarons.com.
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