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Arturs Irbe

Born:February 2, 1967Draft:1989 North Stars 196th Overall
Hometown:Riga, LatviaPosition:Goaltender
Known For:Catches:Left
National Team:Soviet Union & LatviaCurrent Team:

Artūrs Irbe (born February 2, 1967) is a Latvian professional ice hockey coach and former goaltender. Born during the Soviet era, Irbe played for various Soviet league teams and the Soviet Union national team before moving to North America in 1991. Irbe played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the San Jose SharksDallas StarsVancouver Canucks and Carolina Hurricanes. In 2004 Irbe returned to Europe to play until he retired in 2007. He has served as a goaltending coach with Dinamo Riga, the Washington Capitals and the Buffalo Sabres, as well as internationally with the Latvia men’s national ice hockey team.

Arturs Irbe Hurricanes
Arturs Irbe, Carolina Hurricanes, 1998-2004 (Photo courtesy Carolina Hurricanes)

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  • IIHF World Championships Gold Medal (1989, 1990)
  • IIHF World Championships Best Goaltender (1990)
  • NHL All-Star Game (1994, 1999)
  • San Jose Sports Hall of Fame (2010)
  • IIHF Hall of Fame (2010)
  • IIHF All-Time Latvia Team (2020)