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Kurt Sauer
Kurt Sauer
Defenseman
Number: 44
Height: 6' 4"
Weight: 222
Shoots: Left
Born: Jan 16, 1981
Birthplace: St. Cloud, MN, United States
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Acquired: Acquired from Anaheim along with a fourth-round pick (Raymond Macias) in the 2005 Entry Draft in exchange for Martin Skoula, Feb. 21, 2004
Drafted: COL / 2000 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 3rd (88th overall)
2007-08 SEASON
Appeared in 54 games for the Colorado Avalanche, recording 1-5-6 and 41 PIM…Finished 2nd on the Avalanche in plus/minus with a +17 rating…Tied career-highs in points and goals despite playing in only 54 games…Finished plus or even in 43 of his 54 games…Was a season-high +3 in a win vs. EDM, Mar. 13…Missed two months and 28 games due to a neck injury, Dec. 1-Feb. 1…Suffered the injury on Nov. 30 at SJ…Placed on Injured Reserve, Dec. 2 (retro to Nov. 30) and activated on Jan. 31…Registered an assist in back-to-back games, Nov. 24 (vs. CGY) and Nov. 28 (vs. EDM)…Scored his first goal of the season vs. CGY, Oct. 16…2008 Playoffs: Appeared in all 10 of Colorado’s playoff games…Recorded one goal and eight PIM…Registered 26:43 TOI vs. MIN in Game 3 of their CQF series, Apr. 14.

CAREER NOTES
2006-07: Set a career high in assists (6) and matched his career best in points (6), while playing only 48 games for Colorado…Appeared in 45 of the last 46 games for the Avalanche after dressing in only three of the first 36 contests…Colorado was 6-0-0 when Sauer notched a point…Skated in his 200th NHL game vs. DET, Jan. 20…Assisted on Joe Sakic’s 600th career goal for his first point of the season at CGY, Feb. 15…Logged a career-high 29:04 TOI at BUF on Mar. 7, the most minutes by any Avalanche player in 2006-07…2005-06: Skated in 37 games with the Avalanche, notching a goal and four assists with a +5 rating…Played in each of the last 28 contests after replacing an injured Ossi Vaananen in the lineup…Notched his only goal of the season vs. NSH, Oct. 12…Did not dress in 26 straight games from Oct. 19 to Dec. 12…Was sent to Lowell (AHL) for a conditioning assignment on Dec. 16…Played in four games for the Lock Monsters (no points) before returning to the Avalanche on Dec. 22…2006 Playoffs: Appeared in all nine playoff games for the Avalanche…2003-04: Appeared in 55 games for Anaheim, recording 1-4-5 and 32 PIM…Was acquired by Colorado on Feb. 21 and made his Avalanche debut on Feb. 22 at MIN…Registered his first point/assist with Colorado vs. PHX, Mar. 14…Missed the final seven games of the regular season with a groin injury…Appeared in his 100th NHL game on Dec. 3 vs. DET…Scored a goal and had a shorthanded assist for his first career multiple-point game on Dec. 7 vs. DAL…2004 Playoffs: Played in three postseason games for the Avs, all in the second round against San Jose…2002-03: Established a Mighty Ducks franchise record for most games played by a rookie, appearing in 80 contests in his first NHL campaign…Ranked 5th among all NHL rookies in games and 10th in time on ice (18:33)…Logged a team-high 23:05 of ice time in his NHL debut at STL, Oct. 10…Recorded his first NHL point with an assist at NYR, Nov. 19…Scored his first NHL goal vs. DET, Mar.
9…Missed two games, Feb. 25-26, to be with his wife, Carmen, who gave birth to the couple’s first child
at 6:10 a.m. on Feb. 24 (Kohl Christopher Sauer)…2003 Playoffs: Played in all 21 postseason games
with Anaheim, tallying a goal and one assist with a +3 rating…Scored a shorthanded, game-winning goal in Game Two (WCF) at MIN…Sauer’s shorthanded tally was the first by a rookie defenseman in the Stanley Cup Playoffs since Trent Yawney scored for Chicago against St. Louis on April 24, 1989…2001-
02: Spent his third straight season with Spokane (WHL), where he was named a Second-Team All-WHL
Western Conference defenseman and named to the Western Conference All-Star Team for the second
consecutive year…Led the Spokane Chiefs with a +24 rating…Recorded 4-20-24 in 61 games…2000-01: Registered 5-10-15 in 48 games for Spokane…Was selected as an alternate captain for the Spokane Chiefs…Named a Western Conference First Team All-Star defenseman…Also named a Second Team All-Star…1999-00: Appeared in the WHL Finals his rookie year in Spokane, collecting 2-1-3 in 15 playoff games after notching 3-12-15 in 71 regular season games…Was named the Chiefs Co-Rookie of the Year…Was just the second Spokane defenseman to be named a First Team All-Star (Bryan McCabe being the other in 1994).

PERSONAL
Kurt and his wife, Carmen, have three children, Kohl (5), Kasen (3) and Kade (2)…His father, Curt, pitched in the Minnesota Twins organization…Has five brothers and sisters…Younger brother, Michael, was drafted by the New York Rangers in the second round (40th overall) of the 2005 Entry Draft, and spent last season with the Hartford Wolf Pack (AHL)… Another of his brothers, Kent, was drafted in the third round in 1998 by Nashville, while brother Craig played in the NFL for both the Minnesota Vikings and Atlanta Falcons…Likes to spend the off-season with his family and fishing…His favorite fishing spot is Watab Lake…If not a hockey player, Kurt would be a teacher…His first job was bagging groceries.
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