Former Carolina Hurricanes goalie Arturs Irbe has been named the new goalie coach of the Buffalo Sabres.
Arturs Irbe spent 13 seasons in the National Hockey League from 1991 through 2004. He joined the Carolina Hurricanes organization in the 1998-1999 season and played with the team through the 2003-2004 season. He helped lead the team to its first Stanley Cup Finals appearance in 2002.
In 568 NHL regular season games, Arturs Irbe had a record of 218-236-79 with a .899 save percentage and a 2.83 goals against average. In 51 NHL playoff games, Arturs Irbe went 21-27 with a .902 save percentage and a 2.86 goals against average.
Arturs Irbe spent the bulk of his career with the Carolina Hurricanes. Over 6 seasons with the team, Irbe played in 309 regular season games. He suited up in 183 games with the San Jose Sharks, 41 games with the Vancouver Canucks, and 35 games with the Dallas Stars.
In international play, Arturs Irbe represented his native country of Latvia in the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympic games.
This is not Arturs Irbe’s first stint as a NHL goalie coach. He held that position with the Washington Capitals from 2009-2011.
Arturs Irbe also has experience with Buffalo Sabres head coach Ted Nolan. He was an assistant on Nolan’s staff for Team Latvia during the 2013 IIHF World Championships in Helsinki, Finland.