Kolzig, 35, has been a part of the Capitals organization longer than any other player in franchise history, playing his entire NHL career with Washington. He has played 585 games during 13 seasons with Washington, posting a .908 save percentage and a 2.62 goals-against average in his career. Kolzig holds the Capitals goaltending career records in wins (249), games played (585), minutes (33,853), save percentage (.908), shots against (16,091), saves (14,607), shutouts (33), ties (63) and assists (12). Kolzig seeks his 250th win tonight when the Capitals host the Pittsburgh Penguins.
A first-round choice selection, 19th overall, in the 1989 Entry Draft, Kolzig won the Vezina Trophy in 1999-00. He was named to the postseason NHL First All-Star Team in 1999-00 and played in the 1998 and 2000 All-Star Games. Kolzig is also a member of the German Olympic team that will compete in Torino, making his second Olympic appearance.
Kolzig’s charitable contributions include founding the Carson Kolzig Foundation, named after his autistic son, and active involvement in supporting Athletes Against Autism. He leads the Olie’s and Elliot’s Great Saves program benefiting the Children’s National Medical Center as well as Olie’s All-Stars, which gives patients from Children’s Hospital a chance to attend a Capitals game. In 2001 he received the NHL Foundation Award for his community relations efforts.
Tonight’s game includes a special Olympic send-off ceremony for Kolzig, Ivan Majesky (Slovakia) and Alex Ovechkin