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Red Wings Bertuzzi Watches Score Against the Avalanche Goalie Budaj in Denver
Detroit Red Wings right wing Todd Bertuzzi (44) watches teammate Juri Hudler's shot get past Colorado Avalanche goalie Peter Budaj during the first period at the Pepsi Center in Denver on December 27, 2010. UPI/Gary C. Caskey
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Peter Budaj (born September 18, 1982) is a Slovak professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Colorado Avalanche of the National Hockey League (NHL).

Budaj was drafted by the Colorado Avalanche in the 2001 draft as the first pick for the Avalanche and 63rd overall. He wears number 31 for the Avalanche prior to playing for the Hershey Bears of the American Hockey League (AHL) and the Toronto St. Michael's Majors of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).

In his first NHL season in 2005–06, he appeared in 34 games while backing up David Aebischer and then José Théodore. He recorded a combined 47 wins in the next two seasons while splitting duties with Théodore. His first NHL playoff appearances came in the 2008 Stanley Cup Playoffs in relief of Théodore in Colorado's second round matchup against the eventual Stanley Cup champions Detroit Red Wings.

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