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Anaheim Ducks right wing Dustin Penner (L) tries for a deflection on shot against Colorado Avalanche goalie Peter Budaj (R) of Slovakia in the third period at the Pepsi Center in Denver February 13, 2007. Budaj made 39 saves as Colorado shutout Anaheim 2-0. (UPI Photo/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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