Monday, December 19, 2016

David Leneveu Jersey Card

David Leneveu. The goalie the Phoenix Coyotes made the 46th pick at the 2002 draft, ahead of Duncan Keith (54th), Matt Stajan (57th), Jiri Hudler (58th), Johnny Boychuk (61st), Tomas Fleischmann (63rd), Frans Nielsen (87th), Valtteri Filppula (95th), Tom Gilbert (129th), James Wisniewski (156th), Curtis McElhinney (176th), Paul Ranger (183rd), Jaroslav Balastik (184th), Ian White (191st), Maxime Talbot (234th), Dennis Wideman (241st), Yan Stastny (259th), and Jonathan Ericsson (291st).

He won silver at the 2003 World Juniors, backing up Marc-André Fleury, but then fell under the radar on Coyotes teams that featured established veterans such as Curtis Joseph, Brian Boucher and Mikael Tellqvist.

His path led him to the AHL (eight teams, including the Hartford Wolf Pack twice), Austria (twice in non-consecutive years), the ECHL and the KHL. He appeared in 21 games for the Coyotes split over 2005-06 and 2006-07 as well as a period for the Columbus Blue Jackets in 2010-11. He was also a backup to Henrik Lundqvist as the New York Rangers made their way to the 2014 Stanley Cup Final.

Here he is wearing the Yotes' burgundy attire, on card #RT-DL from Upper Deck's 2005-06 Series 2 set and Rookie Threads sub-set:
It features a white swatch from a jersey that was worn in a photo shoot.

Nowadays, Leneveu is a financial advisor and insurance salesman; he's kept in touch with the game as co-owner and goaltending coach of the BCHL's Nanaimo Clippers.

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