Phoenix's 7 th round choice, 199 th overall, in 2004
KOLARIK AT A GLANCE:
Chad Kolarik made a name for himself last year playing for the Michigan Wolverines. Picked in the seventh round (No. 199 overall) of the 2004 NHL Draft, the Coyotes didn’t have immediate expectations for Kolarik after selecting him from the U.S. National Development Program Under-18 team.
Upon his arrival at Michigan with fellow prospect Kevin Porter, Kolarik made strides as he matured. His senior season at Michigan ended up being a memorable one for the native of Abington, Penn. He finished second on the team in scoring, behind Porter, and third in the nation with 56 points in 39 games. In four years with the Wolverines, Kolarik scored 78 goals and 96 assists in 163 games.
Kolarik’s outstanding season continued after joining the San Antonio Rampage of the American Hockey League for the playoffs. Kolarik notched four goals and two assists in their seven-game series loss to the Toronto Marlies. Kolarik joins the Coyotes for his first professional training camp after signing a three-year entry-level contract on April 13, 2008.
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“Chad really distinguished himself on his own last year. His calling card is his ability to score. He is one of those players that the puck just follows him around the ice. He’s got a real instinctive offensive game and skates very well. Another guy who competes hard and plays at a high pace, high tempo. We got a lot of plans for him,” Coyotes Assistant General Manager Brad Treliving said.
FIVE QUESTIONS WITH KOLARIK:
Q: What is the most memorable moment of your career? CK: “The most memorable moment for me was when we won the CCHA championship at Michigan and then playing in the final four later in my senior season.”
Q: What is your typical pre-game routine? CK: “I have to get a nap in during the day. After the pre-game meal, I will eat three or four times and get a few snacks in. Once I get to the locker room, I have to tape my sticks. After that, I will get into a hot tub before I put my gear on. My coaches are surprised that I don’t run or stretch. I then get into my gear for the game.”
Chad really distinguished himself on his own last year. His calling card is his ability to score.- Coyotes Assistant General Manager Brad Treliving
Q: What was the toughest part about the transition from Michigan to San Antonio? CK: “Probably meeting new guys. When I went down there, I didn’t know many people, but just a few from the development camps. The guys were great and treated me like I had been there all season. It was great to get a little playoff experience. It was definitely a surprise.”
Q: How did you spend your summer? CK: “I spent my summer working out five days a week and skating three or four times a week at Michigan. Kevin Porter and I worked out with Mike Barwis, who is the Strength and Conditioning Coach at Michigan. We tried his workouts and they were real helpful. I gained eight pounds and lost a few percentage points of body fat.”
Q: What has it been like playing with Kevin Porter over the last six years? CK: “It’s been awesome to have a best friend with you on and off the ice. It made it a lot easier going down to Phoenix and San Antonio with someone you are comfortable with. It made the transition a lot easier and made us a lot closer friends.”
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