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Getting to Know: goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis

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Getting to Know: goaltender Kristers Gudlevskis

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Kristers Gudlevskis is the only player to have played in the ECHL, AHL, NHL, Olympic Games and IIHF World Championships in the same season.

Status: Syracuse Crunch / Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender.

HT: 6-4 WT: 197 pounds
DOB: July 31, 1992 In: Aizkraukle, Latvia

First Hockey Memory: "When I watch a game? The World Championships, Latvian national team and Russia, 3-2. I think it was 2000 in Russia."

Hockey Inspirations: "I love the feeling of making a save."

Last Book Read: "Game of Thrones."

Current Car: "Jeep Liberty (white)."

First Famous Player You Met or Encountered: "It was Latvian national team member Leonids Tambijevs. He was a forward. His son was playing in the same tournament where I was playing. He was giving the prize for the best player of the tournament, to the goalie. It just so happened I was the goalie."

Greatest Sports Moment: "First NHL game. Here in Tampa. Against Columbus. We won 3-2."

Most Painful Moment: "Oh, so many [smiles]. Probably loss to Canada in Olympic Games two years ago."

Funniest Player Encountered: "Eric Nielson."

Most Memorable Save: "No, I don't have. All the saves are important, all the saves are great. I can't tell which one is the best. (There has to be one that stands out a little?) ... probably first NHL game, my first shot and I didn't even see it. The guy just go around the net and kind of wrap around and I kind of dropped and there was a scramble and I didn't see anything but I made the save. It was my first NHL save. I was really panicking. It was good I made it. I was on the ground just laying. Scramble. And was able to save it. First NHL save. That was important."

Favorite Sport Outside Hockey: "Probably soccer. Champions League."

Embarrassing Hockey Memory: "When I just start to play midget somebody shot the puck from center ice and hit the post. And almost scored a goal. That was pretty embarrassing. Thank God they didn't score that goal [smiles]."

Strangest Game: "American Hockey League. I think we came back in the third period from 4-0 down and won the game in overtime. That was pretty unusual."

Three Athletes You Like To Watch & Follow: "I like Michael Jordan. I don't really have too much. I follow my own game too much, think about that."

Why Do You Love Playing Hockey: "I like the feeling of winning the game."

Favorite Uniforms: "Tampa Bay Lightning. And Chicago."

Favorite Arenas To Play: "I only play one game here. So I would say this one (Amalie Arena)."

Interesting Fact: In the history of hockey, Kristers is the only player to have played in the ECHL, AHL, NHL, Olympic Games and IIHF World Championships in the same season.

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