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Matt Zaba
Matt Zaba
Goaltender
(ZA-buh)
Height: 6' 1"
Weight: 190
Catches: Left
Born: Jul 14, 1983
Birthplace: Yorkton, SK, Canada
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Acquired: Signed as a free agent with the Rangers on Aug. 20, 2007.
Drafted: LAK / 2003 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 8th (231st overall)
2008-09 SEASON: Appeared in 41 games with the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL), posting a 25-10-0 record, along with a 2.33 goals against average, a .920 save percentage and two shutouts. ... Ranked seventh in the league in goals against average, tied for eighth in save percentage and tied for 12th in wins. ... Led the AHL in shootout save percentage (.930). ... Led the Wolf Pack in wins, goals against average and save percentage, and tied for the team lead in shutouts. ... Named the AHL Goaltender of the Month for February. ... Posted a 14-2-0 mark, with a 1.84 goals against average, a .937 save percentage and one shutout in the final 16 contests of the regular season. ... Registered a season-high, seven-game winning streak from Feb. 20 at Lowell to Mar. 4 vs. Worcester, posting a 1.53 goals against average and a .952 save percentage during the stretch. ... Recorded his first AHL shutout with a 40-save effort on Jan. 9 at Springfield. ... Made his AHL debut on Oct. 18 at Toronto, and earned his first career AHL win on Nov. 1 against Albany.

2007-08 SEASON: Appeared in 28 games with the Charlotte Checkers and Idaho Steelheads of the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL), registering a 15-8-2 record, along with a 2.64 goals against average, a .915 save percentage and three shutouts ... Tied for third in the league in shutouts (three) and ranked 11th in save percentage (.915) ... In 19 games with Idaho, posted a 12-4-1 record, along with a 2.19 goals against average, a .927 save percentage and three shutouts ... Recorded a six-game winning streak from Jan. 18 at Alaska to Feb. 13 vs. Phoenix ... Named RBK Hockey ECHL Goaltender of the Week for the period ending Feb. 3 ... Notched his first professional shutout on Feb. 2 at Phoenix (29 saves) ... Appeared in nine games with Charlotte, registering a 3-4-0 record, along with a 3.63 goals against average and a .891 save percentage ... Also appeared in two post-season contests with Idaho, posting a 0-1-1 mark with a 2.78 goals against average.

COLLEGE CAREER: Appeared in 110 games with the Colorado College Tigers of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), posting a 55-42-10 record and a 2.41 goals against average. 2003-04: Appeared in 23 games, posting a 10-10-2 record, along with a personal-best 2.27 goals against average ... Ranked fourth among all WCHA goaltenders in goals against average (2.27) and save percentage (.911) ... Became the first Colorado College goaltender ever voted to the All-WCHA Rookie Team ... Won the Bob Johnson Award as the team's Rookie of the Year ... Named National Rookie of the Month after posting a 3-0-2 record, along with a 1.35 goals-against average and a .941 save percentage in five starts in November ... Made 24 saves in a 3-2 victory at Clarkson in his collegiate debut. 2004-05: Appeared in 18 games with the Tigers, posting a 10-5-2 record, along with a 2.46 goals against average, a .916 save percentage and two shutouts ... Ranked fifth in the WCHA in save percentage (.916) ... Named to the All-WCHA Academic Team ... Posted a 7-5-2 record in WCHA play and was 3-0 against non-league opponents ... Named WCHA Defensive Player of the Week after making 36 saves in a shutout against UND in mid-January. 2005-06: Posted a 20-14-2 record, along with a 2.52 goals against average and a .909 save percentage in 36 games ... Ranked third among all WCHA netminders in minutes played (2,068) ... His goals-against average of 2.52 and save percentage of .909 for the season ranked fourth in the WCHA ... Earned All-WCHA Academic Team honors for the second consecutive season ... Was one of only 10 goaltenders in the nation to earn 20 or more victories, including four shutouts ... Made a season-high 34 stops on two occasions, in a 1-0 victory vs. Ohio State and in a 3-3 tie at Denver ... Recipient of the team's Tony Frasca Award as post-season MVP, after recording a .912 saves percentage in four playoff games. 2006-07: Appeared in 33 games with the Colorado College Tigers of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA), posting a 15-13-4 record, along with a 2.39 goals against average and a .917 save percentage ... His .917 save percentage tied for sixth in the WCHA ... Started 33 of the team's 39 games ... Named winner of the Thayer Tutt Award as team MVP ... Selected to the All-WCHA Academic Team for the third consecutive season ... Recorded two regular season shutouts and posted a three-game winning streak from Nov. 3 through Nov. 17 ... In Game Two on Mar. 10 vs. Michigan Tech, he made 29 saves for his 10th career shutout, as the Tigers skated to a 2-0 victory and evened their first-round WCHA playoff series at one game apiece ... Despite falling to Michigan Tech in the series, named the Tigers' playoff MVP.

JUNIOR CAREER: Appeared in 77 career games with the Penticton Panthers and Vernon Vipers of the British Columbia Hockey League (BCHL). 2001-02: In 33 games with the Penticton Panthers, posted a 3.69 goals against average ... 2002-03: Backstopped the Vernon Vipers to regular-season and playoff titles in the British Columbia Hockey League in 2002-03, was named team MVP after posting a 34-9-0 record, along with a 2.21 goals-against average and .930 saves percentage during the regular season ... Posted a 14-2 record in the playoffs, with a 1.50 goals against average and a .944 save percentage ... Shared post-season MVP honors ... Was acquired early in the campaign in a trade with Penticton.

CAREER TRANSACTIONS: August 20, 2007 - Signed as a free agent with the Rangers.
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