Montana State announced the addition of former NHL player Peter Budaj to its coaching staff.

Budaj retired this year after a 17-year professional career in both the NHL and AHL. He played for the Colorado Avalanche, Montreal Canadians, Winnipeg Jets, Los Angeles Kings and Tampa Bay Lightning. Budaj was drafted in 2001 by the Avalanche, the 63rd overall pick. He also played in two Olympic Games for Slovakia in 2006 and 2014.

As a Bobcats coach, Budaj will focus on goaltending and special teams.

“I am very excited about joining the staff of MSU hockey,” Budaj said. “The team had a really strong season last year, and I can’t wait for the season to start and see where we can take this growing program. I am excited to share all of my knowledge of many years in the NHL to help the team and individual players reach their potential.”

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