Longtime NHL goalie Olaf Kolzig retires

Longtime NHL goalie Olaf Kolzig retires

TORONTO, Sept. 23 (UPI) -- Olaf Kolzig, who won the Vezina Trophy in 2000 as the best goaltender in professional ice hockey, officially retired Wednesday, ending a 17-year NHL career.

NHL: Tampa Bay 3, Montreal 1

MONTREAL, Dec. 11 (UPI) -- Martin St. Louis had two goals Thursday to help the Tampa Bay Lightning halt its nine-game losing streak with a 3-1 triumph over Montreal.

NHL: Washington 4, Tampa Bay 2

WASHINGTON, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Alex Ovechkin had a goal and an assist Monday to lead the Washington Capitals to a 4-2 victory over the Tampa Bay Lightning.

NHL: New York Rangers 2, Tampa Bay 1

PRAGUE, Czech Republic, Oct. 5 (UPI) -- Wade Redden and Scott Gomez scored for the New York Rangers, who completed a two-game sweep of Tampa Bay Sunday with a 2-1 win in the Czech Republic.
Report: Kolzig not returning to Capitals

Report: Kolzig not returning to Capitals

WASHINGTON, May 9 (UPI) -- Goalie Olaf Kolzig is ending his 17-year association with the NHL's Washington Capitals.

NHL: Chicago 5, Washington 0

CHICAGO, March 20 (UPI) -- Nikolai Khabibulin made 25 saves Wednesday to put together his second shutout of the season in Chicago's 5-0 blanking of Washington.

NHL: Washington 4, Atlanta 1

WASHINGTON, March 14 (UPI) -- Brooks Laich scored twice Friday to help the Washington Capitals beat the Atlanta Thrashers 4-1.

NHL: Washington 3, Calgary 2

WASHINGTON, March 12 (UPI) -- Alexander Ovechkin scored twice Wednesday, including the game-winner late in the third period, to give Washington a 3-2 victory against the Calgary Flames.

NHL: Washington 3, Buffalo 1

BUFFALO, N.Y., March 5 (UPI) -- Alexander Ovechkin, the NHL's leading scorer, added two more goals Wednesday to run his season total to 54 in Washington's 3-1 victory over Buffalo.

NHL: Washington 10, Boston 2

WASHINGTON, March 3 (UPI) -- Alexander Ovechkin got his fifth career hat trick and reached 52 goals for the season Monday to lead the Washington Capitals to a 10-2 victory over Boston.

NHL: Toronto 3, Washington 2

WASHINGTON, March 1 (UPI) -- Alexander Steen's 13th goal this season in the third period Saturday helped the Toronto Maple Leafs beat the Washington Capitals 3-2.

NHL: Carolina 6, Washington 3

RALEIGH, N.C., Feb. 23 (UPI) -- A three-goal second-period outburst Saturday helped the Carolina Hurricanes rally past the Washington Capitals 6-3.

NHL: N.Y. Islanders 3, Washington 2 (SO)

WASHINGTON, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- Mike Comrie produced the only goal in a shootout Wednesday, handing the New York Islanders a 3-2 win over Washington.

NHL: Washington 3, Tampa Bay 2

TAMPA, Fla., Feb. 16 (UPI) -- Alexander Semin's 16th goal of the season, with three minutes remaining in regulation Saturday, gave the Washington Capitals a 3-2 victory at Tampa Bay.

NHL: Atlanta 3, Washington 2 (SO)

ATLANTA, Feb. 13 (UPI) -- Slava Kozlov scored in the second round of a shootout Wednesday, allowing the Atlanta Thrashers to slip past the Washington Capitals 3-2.
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Olaf Kolzig
PHI2000111801- 18 NOVEMBER 2000- PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA, USA. Capital goalie Olaf Kolzig (37) dends off a shot by Flyers Peter White (15) in the first period as Philadelphia hosts Washington in an evening game at the ja/Jon Adams

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Olaf Kölzig (born April 6, 1970) is a retired German professional ice hockey goaltender in the National Hockey League (NHL). Though Kölzig was born in South Africa, he grew up in several cities across Canada and his family moved to Union Bay, British Columbia, when he was a teenager. Kölzig never applied for Canadian citizenship, which, combined with his German parentage and German passport, allows him to represent Germany internationally. Kölzig played most of his career with the Washington Capitals but left as a free agent in 2008.

"Olie the Goalie" had been with the Washington Capitals franchise since they selected him in the 1989 Draft; he was the first South African-born player to be drafted to the NHL; he was the last remaining Capital to have worn the original red, white and blue uniform and the blue jersey from 1995. He spent several years in the American Hockey League with the Baltimore Skipjacks, Rochester Americans, and Portland Pirates, and the ECHL with the Hampton Roads Admirals, after playing major junior hockey for the New Westminster Bruins and Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League (WHL). During Kölzig's time with the Americans, he had an on-ice fistfight with Portland Winter Hawks goaltender Byron Dafoe, someone with whom he would go on to have a friendly rivalry in the NHL—so friendly that they served as each other's best man in their respective weddings. On November 29, 1989, Kölzig scored a goal with the Americans. During 2004/05 NHL lockout he signed with the German club Eisbären Berlin.

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