Saturday, March 15, 2014

Kurtis Mucha

1 NHL Game

March 4, 2014 Edmonton Oilers vs Ottawa Senators. 3-2 win.

   From 2005 to 2010 Kurtis Mucha played in the WHL. While with the Portland Winter Hawks he attended the 2008 Phoenix Coyotes training camp and later the 2009 Edmonton Oilers training camp, going as an unsigned free agent but unable to earn a pro contract. In a 2010 interview he talked a little about his time with the Oilers, "I went there as a walk on, basically a nobody, and lasted there for three weeks. I made it all the way down to the last four goalies. I had the time of my life in those three weeks practicing with the NHL players and getting to watch them in practice and attend a few preseason games in the press box."(1) He played a handful of ECHL games on a tryout deal following the 2009 and 2010 WHL seasons but never signed a real professional hockey contract. After his WHL career had come to an end he elected to attend the University of Alberta. Mucha left the WHL having set a record for most career games played by a goaltender with 245, a record that still stands. With the University of Alberta Golden Bears Mucha was named the 2012/2013 CIS goaltender of the year and December, 2013 he got another brief taste of the NHL. When the Boston Bruins were in town to play the Edmonton Oilers he filled in for Tuukka Rask as the team's practice goalie. Mucha was still on the Oiler's radar and in March, 2014 he got the ultimate reward.

   Just before the 2014 NHL trade deadline the Edmonton Oilers dealt Ilya Bryzgalov to the Minnesota Wild. In a separate negotiation they acquired Viktor Fasth from the Anaheim Ducks. Switching netminders on trade deadline day came at a cost, the Oilers were left without a backup for Ben Scrivens in the team's game that night against the Ottawa Senators. Enter resident goalie Kurtis Mucha, who happily signed an emergency contract with the Oilers. "It just kind of happened randomly," said Mucha in a game day interview. "I got out of class in the morning and got a call from our coach. He told me what was going on and to just kinda prepare for this to happen. I'm just trying to soak it all in. It's a once in a lifetime type experience."(2) Mucha returned to the University of Alberta the next day having a pretty good excuse as to why he missed his psychology class the night before.

  • Wore #29 with Edmonton Oilers

Career stats from
Born Jun 3 1989 -- Sherwood Park, ALTA 
Height 6.02 -- Weight 184 
RS ScoringRS Goalie StatsPO Scoring
2004-05Portland Winter HawksWHL2001258003.84011660.892---
2004-05Fort McMurray Oil BaronsAJHL200
2005-06Portland Winter HawksWHL3200167680432.86141046180.8851210
2006-07Portland Winter HawksWHL62043613230713.821741217660.885---
2007-08Portland Winter HawksWHL49192825193614.10936217040.898---
2008-09Portland Winter HawksWHL52442825176923.741329414440.891---
2008-09Idaho SteelheadsECHL100583003.12010250.893---
2009-10Portland WinterhawksWHL161090047013.139604470.905---
2009-10Kamloops BlazersWHL3230174498113.37141148630.898300
2009-10Stockton ThunderECHL30016511004.00120730.869---
2010-11U. of AlbertaCWUAA1800105543132.4513404380.911
2011-12U. of AlbertaCWUAA110066732002.887402460.885
2012-13U. of AlbertaCWUAA1702101222031.3014203240.936
2013-14Edmonton OilersNHL
2013-14U. of AlbertaCWUAA161096430031.8714113010.909

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