Pēteris Skudra

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Pēteris "Peter" Skudra (born April 24, 1973) is a Latvian former professional ice hockey goaltender and head coach. During a playing career that lasted from 1994 to 2007 he played for several teams in Latvia, Russia and North America. After starting his career in Latvia, Skudra moved to the North American minor leagues in 1994. He signed with the Pittsburgh Penguins of the National Hockey League (NHL) in 1997 and made his debut that year. Over the next six seasons Skudra played for the Penguins, Buffalo Sabres, Boston Bruins, and Vancouver Canucks. In 2003 he moved to Russia, playing the last four seasons of his career. Playing in the NHL primarily as a back-up goalie, Skudra appeared in 146 games during his career.

Pēteris Skudra
Born (1973-04-24) April 24, 1973 (age 48)
Riga, Latvian SSR, Soviet Union
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 183 lb (83 kg; 13 st 1 lb)
Position Goaltender
Caught Left
Played for Pittsburgh Penguins
Buffalo Sabres
Boston Bruins
Vancouver Canucks
Ak Bars Kazan
Khimik Moscow Oblast
CSKA Moscow
Metallurg Novokuznetsk
National team  Latvia
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1994–2007

Playing careerEdit

Originally signed as a free agent by Pittsburgh in 1997, Skudra went on to play 74 games with the Penguins over three years. After the 1999–2000 season, he was signed by the Boston Bruins. After playing for the Bruins in 2000–01 season, he was signed by the Vancouver Canucks as a backup to Dan Cloutier. Towards the end of the 2002–03 season, Skudra fell out of favor with coach Marc Crawford who instead decided to have Alex Auld backup Dan Cloutier for that season's playoffs.

In 2003, Skudra left North America for the Russian League, where he played for Ak Bars Kazan, Khimik Moscow Oblast, CSKA Moscow, and Metallurg Novokuznetsk. On October 22, 2007, Skudra announced his retirement after 13 professional seasons.[1]

Coaching careerEdit

In April 2013 Skudra was announced as the new head coach of Russian club, Torpedo Nizhniy Novgorod of the KHL.[2] He spent five seasons with the team. He also briefly coached Traktor Chelyabinsk in 2019.

On 20 July, 2020, Skudra was introduced in a dual general manager and head coaching role with Latvian KHL club, Dinamo Riga.[3]

Roller hockeyEdit

Skudra also played one season in the Roller Hockey International league for the Oklahoma Coyotes.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1990–91 RASMS Riga USSR-3 1
1991–92 RASMS Riga USSR-3 33
1992–93 Pardaugava Riga RUS 27 1498 74 2.96 1 60 5 0 5.00
1992–93 Pardaugava Riga LAT 12
1993–94 Pardaugava Riga RUS 14 783 42 3.22 1 55 4 4.36 0
1993–94 Hokeja Centrs Riga LAT 3
1994–95 Greensboro Monarchs ECHL 33 13 9 5 1612 113 0 4.20 .869 6 2 2 341 28 0 4.92 .872
1994–95 Mississippi RiverKings CHL 2 0 1 0 80 8 0 6.00 .830
1995–96 Erie Panthers ECHL 12 3 8 1 681 47 0 4.14 .871
1995–96 Johnstown Chiefs ECHL 30 12 11 4 1657 98 0 3.55 .908
1996–97 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 32 8 16 2 1615 101 0 3.75 .889
1996–97 Johnstown Chiefs ECHL 4 2 1 1 200 11 0 3.30 .910
1997–98 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 17 6 4 3 851 26 0 1.83 .924
1997–98 Houston Aeros IHL 9 5 3 1 499 23 0 2.77 .903
1997–98 Kansas City Blades IHL 13 10 3 0 775 37 0 2.86 .910 8 4 4 512 20 1 2.34 .922
1998–99 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 37 15 11 5 1914 89 3 2.79 .892
1999–00 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 20 5 7 3 922 48 1 3.12 .872 1 0 0 20 1 0 3.00 .909
2000–01 Buffalo Sabres NHL 1 0 0 0 1 0 0 0.00 1.000
2000–01 Boston Bruins NHL 25 6 12 1 1116 62 0 3.33 .879
2000–01 Providence Bruins AHL 3 3 0 0 180 5 0 1.67 .933
2001–02 Vancouver Canucks NHL 23 10 8 2 1166 47 1 2.42 .907 2 0 1 96 5 0 3.13 .891
2002–03 Vancouver Canucks NHL 23 9 5 6 1192 54 1 2.72 .897
2002–03 Manitoba Moose AHL 1 1 0 0 60 3 0 3.00 .906
2003–04 Ak Bars Kazan RUS 9 545 20 0 2.20 .884
2003–04 Khimik Voskresensk RUS 34 2045 59 6 1.73 .935
2004–05 Khimik Voskresensk RUS 42 2339 97 3 2.49 .908
2005–06 CSKA Moscow RUS 24 2.24 .919 7 2.76 .897
2006–07 CSKA Moscow RUS 19 2.93 .899
2006–07 Metallurg Novokuznetsk RUS 13 2.00 .920 2 5.50 .823
NHL Totals 146 51 47 20 7163 326 6 2.73 .894 3 0 1 116 6 0 3.10 .895

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1991 Soviet Union EJC 3 1.02
1993 Latvia WC-C 2 1 0 0 81 0 1 0.00 1.000
1997 Latvia WC 1 0 0 0 25 3 0 7.16
Junior totals 3 1.02
Senior totals 3 1 0 0 106 3 1 1.69


ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Peter Skudra Retires". Goaltending Consulting Group. 2007-10-22. Archived from the original on 2011-07-11. Retrieved 2010-01-31.
  2. ^ "Latvian Skudra becomes new head coach of Russian ice hockey club Nizhny Novgorod "Torpedo"".
  3. ^ "Peteris Skudra announced as Dinamo Riga head coach" (in Latvian). Dinamo Riga. 20 July 2020. Retrieved 20 July 2020.

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