WASHINGTON, D.C. – April 5, 2007 – Washington Capitals goaltender Olie Kolzig has been nominated for the 2006-07 NHL’s Masterton Trophy by the Washington chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association.
Kolzig, who is in his 15th NHL season with the Capitals, has seen action in 53 games this year, posting a 22-23-6 record, alongside a 3.01 goals-against average and .910 save-percentage. With his 22 victories so far this season, he has reached the 20-win milestone for the eighth time in his career.
Kolzig missed 13 games (Feb. 12 - March 15) with a knee injury but returned to the Capitals lineup to spark the team to a pair of wins against Toronto (5-1 win, March 16) and Tampa Bay (7-1 win, March 18), stopping 65 of the 67 shots he faced in those games. He also posted his first shutout since Feb. 15, 2004 in a 1-0 victory over the Florida Panthers on April 3. The shutout was the first for the Capitals this season.
The Bill Masterton Trophy is awarded annually under the trusteeship of the PHWA to the National Hockey League player who best exemplifies the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. The winner is selected from a poll of the 30 chapters of the PHWA at the end of the regular season. A $2,500 grant from the PHWA is awarded annually to the Bill Masterton Scholarship Fund, based in Bloomington, Minn., in the name of the winner. Anaheim’s Teemu Selanne was last year’s Masterton Trophy recipient.
The NHL Writers’ Association presented the Masterton Trophy in 1968 to commemorate the late William Masterton, a player for the Minnesota North Stars, who exhibited, to a high degree, the qualities of perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey. Masterton died on Jan. 15, 1968, after an injury sustained during a hockey game.
Kolzig, the 2000 Vezina Trophy winner as the NHL’s top goaltender, owns 13 Capitals career or single-season goaltending records. He won the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for leadership and humanitarian contribution last season. He was the 2001 recipient of the NHL Foundation Award for his community involvement.