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Sandis Ozolinsh

Sandis Ozolinsh  #24

Defenseman
NUMBER: 24 BIRTHDATE: August 3, 1972
HEIGHT: 6' 3" BIRTHPLACE: Riga, Latvia
WEIGHT: 215 DRAFTED: SJS / 1991 NHL Entry Draft
Shoots: Left ROUND: 2nd   (30th overall)
NHL First All-Star Team (1997) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1994, 1997, 1998, 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003) Missed majority of 1992-93 due to knee injury vs. Philadelphia, December 30, 1992. Traded to Colorado by San Jose for Owen Nolan, October 26, 1995. Traded to Carolina by Colorado with Columbus' 2nd round choice (previously acquired, Carolina selected Tomas Kurka) in 2000 Entry Draft for Nolan Pratt, Carolina's 1st (Vaclav Nedorost) and 2nd (Jared Aulin) round choices in 2000 Entry Draft and Philadelphia's 2nd round choice (previously acquired, Colorado selected Agris Saviels) in 2000 Entry Draft, June 24, 2000. Traded to Florida by Carolina with Byron Ritchie for Bret Hedican, Kevyn Adams and Tomas Malec, January 16, 2002. Traded to Anaheim by Florida with Lance Ward for Pavel Trnka, Matt Cullen and Anaheim's 4th round choice (James Pemberton) in 2003 Entry Draft, January 30, 2003. Missed majority of 2003-04 due to shoulder injury vs. Colorado, December 19, 2003. Traded to NY Rangers by Anaheim for San Jose's 3rd round choice (previously acquired, Anaheim selected John DeGray) in 2006 Entry Draft, March 9, 2006. Missed majority of 2006-07 due to knee surgery (October 3, 2006) and a recurring knee injury. Signed as a free agent by Worcester (AHL), October 19, 2007. Signed as a free agent by San Jose, November 2, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Dynamo Riga (KHL), July 13, 2009.
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It's really exciting. I'm pretty sure that when I play my first game I'm going to be emotional. To be back on the ice playing a game, being in game situations, with all the routines and rituals I do before games and during the game, I feel like I'm going to be emotional. I'm going to be really happy.

— Montreal Canadiens forward Tim Bozon on playing for the first time since his life-threaning illness