Ducks sign goaltender LeNeveu

The Anaheim Ducks, parent club of the AHL’s franchise in Des Moines, Iowa, have announced the signing of goaltender David LeNeveu to a one-year contract.

LeNeveu, 25, appeared in 34 games in 2007-08 with the AHL’s San Antonio Rampage and Hartford Wolf Pack, posting a 17-10-5 record with a 2.33 goals-against average (GAA) and .916 save percentage. Among AHL leaders, he ranked tied for 10th in save percentage and 12th in GAA. LeNeveu also started four Calder Cup Playoff games for the Wolf Pack.

A native of Fernie, B.C., LeNeveu has appeared in 185 career AHL contests with Springfield, Utah, San Antonio, and Hartford, totaling a 2.79 GAA and recording seven shutouts. The netminder ranked third in the AHL in 2005-06 with a .921 save percentage.

The 6-1, 187-pound goaltender has also appeared in 21 career NHL contests, all with the Phoenix Coyotes, posting a 5-9-2 record with a 3.38 GAA and .888 save percentage. He recorded his first career NHL win on Oct. 25, 2005, in a 5-4 overtime victory vs. St. Louis.

LeNeveu played in 46 career Eastern Collegiate Athletic Conference (ECAC) contests over two seasons with the Cornell Big Red. A runner-up for the 2003 Hobey Baker Award, his 1.20 GAA that season set a then-NCAA Division 1 record.

He also helped lead Cornell to the semifinal game of the NCAA Frozen Four Tournament in 2002-03 in addition to being named to the NCAA East First All-American Team. Earning accolades such as the 2003 ECAC Player of the Year and the Ken Dryden Award (ECAC’s Top Goaltender), LeNeveu also owns the NCAA Division 1 record for the best career GAA (1.29).

LeNeveu was originally a second-round draft pick (46th overall) by Phoenix in 2002.