Capitals goaltending prospect Robert Muller also named to roster
Washington, D.C. – December 21, 2005 – The International Ice Hockey Federation announced today that Washington Capitals goaltender Olie Kolzig and goaltending prospect Robert Muller are among 23 players who will represent Germany at the 2006 Winter Olympics in Italy.
Kolzig, 35, will be making his second appearance for Germany in Olympic competition. Previously Kolzig posted a 2-0 record at the 1998 Olympic games in Nagano. The 2006 Olympics will be the fourth time Kolzig has represented Germany internationally. He played one game during the 1996 World Cup and four games during the 1997 World Championships.
Kolzig is currently 9-13-2 for the Capitals this season in 24 starts, with 3.36 goals-against average and a .901 save percentage. Kolzig holds the Capitals goaltending career records in wins (243), ties (63), games played (557), minutes (32,842), save percentage (.908), shots against (15,521), saves (14,099) and shutouts (33).
Kolzig , who was born in Johannesburg, South Africa, to parents of German descent, was the Capitals’ first-round pick, 19th overall, in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft.
Muller, 25, was a ninth-round selection of the Capitals, 275th overall, in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. He will be making his second appearance for Team Germany in Olympic competition. Previously he notched a 0-1 record in two appearances during the 2002 Olympics in Salt Lake City.
A native of Rosenheim, Germany, Muller is currently playing for Krefeld Pinguine in the German Elite League, where he currently has 3.01 goals-against average and .888 save percentage in 32 appearances.