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LENEVEU RECORDS FIRST NHL WIN

Wednesday, 10.26.2005 / 2:16 AM / News
Phoenix Coyotes

By: Russell Brooks

It took four opportunities, but David Leneveu has another memento to add to his collection.

Leneveu earned his first National Hockey League win on Tuesday night in a 5-4 overtime victory over the St. Louis Blues at Glendale Arena.

"It was exciting to finally get my first win and hopefully there are more to come," said Leneveu, who recorded 24-saves on the evening.

The Cornell University graduate made several key saves late in the game to earn his first victory and add another achievement to those already established with the "Big Red" back in the 2002-2003 season.

"He made some key saves for us late in the game especially on the late power play," said Coyotes Head Coach Wayne Gretzky. "He kept us in the game tonight."

The 2003 Hobey Baker runner-up already has an impressive resume. He recorded the best goal-against average in NCAA history while playing at Cornell (1.20), was named to the 2003 NCAA East First All-American team, and made the American Hockey League Canadian All-Star team in his first season of professional hockey.

"David has done a good job this year, put in a lot of time, and worked hard in practice" said Coyotes Goaltending Coach Grant Fuhr. "I like what I see out of him so far. He is ready to play in the National Hockey League.

Leneveu has a bright future ahead of him. The Fernie, British Columbia, native was drafted as Phoenix's third choice in the 2002 NHL entry draft, is considered one of the Coyotes most coveted young stars and based on his play and what the organization has seen from him already, LeNeveu seems destined for an extended NHL career.

"He is going to be in this league for a long time," said Gretzky.

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