Cal Petersen
Born (1994-10-19)October 19, 1994,
Waterloo, Iowa, United States
Height
Weight
6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
182 lb (83 kg; 13 st 0 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Right
NHL team Los Angeles Kings
Ntl. team Flag of the United States.png United States of America
NHL Draft 129th overall, 2013
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 2017–present


Calvin Louis Petersen[1] (born October 19, 1994) is an American ice hockey goaltender currently playing for the Los Angeles Kings of the National Hockey League (NHL).[2] He was selected in the fifth round, 129th overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. Petersen and the Sabres were not able to agree on a contract and on July 1, 2017, he signed a two-year entry level contract with the Kings as an unrestricted free agent.[3]

Prior to turning professional, Petersen played NCAA hockey for the University of Notre Dame. He set a Division 1 record of 87 saves during the longest collegiate hockey game ever. Petersen was named to the All-Rookie Team and First All-Star Team during his time with Notre Dame.

Playing career[edit | edit source]

After attending Waterloo West High School, Petersen played three seasons at the University of Notre Dame.

In his freshman season with Notre Dame, Petersen played in 33 games and posted a 13–16–3 record.[1] He helped lead Notre Dame to the Hockey East playoffs, playing in all six games.[1] On March 6, during Game One of the Hockey East playoffs, Petersen set a Division 1 record 87 saves while playing in the longest collegiate hockey game against the UMass Minutemen. The game lasted five overtimes and ended in a 4–3 overtime loss.[4] Notre Dame later lost in the quarterfinals to Massachusetts–Lowell.[5] At the conclusion of the season, Petersen was named to the Hockey East All-Rookie Team and to the 2015 Hockey East All-Academic Team.[1]

In his sophomore season, Petersen started in all 37 games of the season, posting a 19–11–7 record. As a result, Petersen was named a Honorable Mention Hockey East All-Star.[1] He was also named a finalist for the 2016 Mike Richter Award as the most outstanding goaltender in NCAA men's hockey[6] and named team MVP.[7]

In his junior year, Petersen was named team captain[8] and led his team to the 2017 Frozen Four where they lost 6–1 to the Denver Pioneers.[9] At the conclusion of the season, Petersen was named to the Hockey East First-Team All-Stars[1] and again named one of the finalists for the 2017 Mike Richter Award.[10] On July 1, 2017, he signed a two-year entry-level contract with the Los Angeles Kings as an unrestricted free agent.[3]

Professional[edit | edit source]

Petersen began the 2018–19 season with the Ontario Reign after being cut from the Kings training camp.[11] On November 12, 2018, he was recalled from the Ontario Reign after Jack Campbell suffered a torn meniscus.[12] He made his NHL debut the following night against the Toronto Maple Leafs, coming in to relieve starter Peter Budaj in the second period. The Kings lost 5–1 to the Leafs with Petersen saving 15 shots and only allowing one goal.[13] The following game, on November 16, Petersen earned his first NHL start in the United Center against the Chicago Blackhawks.[14] He recorded his first NHL win that night in a 2–1 shootout, making 34 saves in total.[15] Two games later, on November 19, Petersen recorded his first career NHL shutout by making 29 saves in a 2–0 win over the St. Louis Blues.[16]

On July 16, 2019, Petersen signed a three year contract extension with the Kings.[17] He then began the 2019–20 season with the Ontario Reign. On January 3, 2020, Petersen was named to the AHL 2020 All Star Game.[18]

Personal life[edit | edit source]

Petersen's father, Eric, was also a goaltender. He played Division III hockey at Bethel University in Minnesota.[19]

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

Regular season and playoffs[edit | edit source]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2011–12 Topeka RoadRunners NAHL 2 1 0 1 129 4 0 1.86 .925
2011–12 Waterloo Black Hawks USHL 5 3 1 0 265 13 0 2.94 .902
2012–13 Waterloo Black Hawks USHL 35 21 11 1 1937 96 3 2.97 .906 4 4.27 .881
2012–13 Waterloo Black Hawks USHL 38 27 7 4 2229 93 2 2.50 .915 12 2.25 .928
2014–15 Notre Dame HE 33 13 16 3 1892 79 4 2.51 .919
2015–16 Notre Dame HE 37 19 11 7 2232 82 1 2.20 .927
2016–17 Notre Dame HE 40 23 12 5 2375 88 6 2.22 .926
2017–18 Ontario Reign AHL 41 23 14 2 2330 100 4 2.58 .910 4 1 3 277 11 0 2.38 .915
2018–19 Ontario Reign AHL 38 13 19 3 2103 141 0 4.02 .896
2018–19 Los Angeles Kings NHL 11 5 4 1 622 27 1 2.60 .924
2019–20 Ontario Reign AHL 37 17 15 4 2079 119 3 3.43 .906
2019–20 Los Angeles Kings NHL 8 5 3 0 478 21 0 2.64 .922
NHL totals 19 10 7 1 1,100 48 1 2.62 .923

International[edit | edit source]

Year Team Event Result GP W L T MIN GA SO GAA SV%
2011 United States IH18 5th 1 0 0 0 20 3 0 9.00 .727
Senior totals 1 0 0 0 20 3 0 9.00 .727

Awards and honours[edit | edit source]

Award Year
Hockey East
All-Rookie Team 2015 [20]
Hockey East All-Academic Team 2015 [21]
First All-Star Team 2017 [22]
AHL
All-Star Game 2018, 2020 [23][24]

References[edit | edit source]

  1. 1.0 1.1 1.2 1.3 1.4 1.5 Cal Petersen. Retrieved on November 14, 2018.
  2. Cal Petersen at eliteprospects.com.
  3. 3.0 3.1 Petersen Signs With The Los Angeles Kings (July 1, 2017). Retrieved on November 13, 2018.
  4. UMass tops Notre Dame in longest hockey game in NCAA History (March 7, 2015).
  5. Notre Dame hockey season ended by UMass-Lowell (March 16, 2015).
  6. Petersen Named a 2016 Mike Richter Award Nominee (February 26, 2016). Retrieved on December 23, 2018.
  7. Petersen named team MVP at annual Hockey Awards banquet (April 17, 2016). Retrieved on December 23, 2018.
  8. Petersen To Wear Captain's (August 31, 2016). Retrieved on December 23, 2018.
  9. Frozen Four meltdown for Notre Dame hockey (April 7, 2017). Retrieved on December 23, 2018.
  10. Finalists for 2017 Mike Richter Award announced (March 23, 2017). Retrieved on December 23, 2018.
  11. Training Camp Roster Down to 26; Brickley, Clague, Petersen Sent to AHL (October 1, 2018). Retrieved on November 14, 2018.
  12. Cal Petersen Recalled from Reign, Jack Campbell Out 4-to-6 Weeks (November 12, 2018). Retrieved on November 13, 2018.
  13. "Nazem Kadri, John Tavares lead Toronto’s 5–1 rout of Kings", The News & Observer, November 14, 2018. 
  14. "Kings goalie Cal Petersen gets his first NHL start at the place his collegiate career ended", Los Angeles Times, November 16, 2018. 
  15. RECAP: Kings 2, Blackhawks 1 SO (November 16, 2018).
  16. Petersen gets first NHL shutout in Kings win against Blues (November 19, 2018).
  17. "Cal Petersen Signs Three-Year, $2.575 Million Extension with LA Kings" (July 16, 2019).
  18. "Rosters announced for 2020 AHL All-Star Classic" (January 3, 2020).
  19. "Whicker: Cal Petersen passed his Kings audition, and the main stage awaits", Orange County Register, December 18, 2018. Retrieved on December 23, 2018. 
  20. "HOCKEY EAST ANNOUNCES 2014–15 PRO AMBITIONS ALL-ROOKIE TEAM".
  21. 2014–15 HOCKEY EAST ALL-ACADEMIC TEAMS ANNOUNCED (July 1, 2015). Retrieved on December 23, 2018.
  22. "HOCKEY EAST HONORS 2016–17 ALL-STAR TEAMS".
  23. "ROSTERS ANNOUNCED FOR 2018 AHL ALL-STAR CLASSIC".
  24. "Rosters announced for 2020 AHL All-Star Classic" (January 3, 2020).

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