Montana State University Hockey is announcing the addition of Peter Budaj to the coaching staff.

Budaj retired in 2019 after a professional career spanning 17 seasons in both the NHL and AHL. He played for the Colorado Avalanche, Montreal Canadians, Winnipeg Jets, Los Angeles Kings and the Tampa Bay Lightning.

Budaj was drafted in 2001 by the Avalanche, the 63rd pick overall.  He also played in two Olympic Games for Slovakia in 2006 and 2014.

Budaj said, “I am very excited about joining the staff of MSU hockey. 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.”

Budaj’s focus with the team will be as the goaltending and special teams coach.

He recently relocated to Bozeman with his wife and two children.

Merrick Parnell and Montana State University Hockey contributed to this story.