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“Sandis is Stanley Cup winner, a seven time All-Star and he is in tremendous physical shape,” said Wilson. “He has worked very hard and we look forward to him helping this hockey club moving forward.”
Ozolinsh, 35, was originally selected by San Jose in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft (second round, 30th overall). From 1992-1995, he played in 173 games with the Sharks, posting 116 points (43 goals, 73 assists) and 98 penalty minutes. Entering the 2007-08 season, his 116 points ranks 21st on the Sharks all-time points list and fifth among Sharks defenseman all-time. His .067 points-per-game ranks first among all Sharks blueliners and his 64 points (26 goals, 38 assists) in the 1993-94 remains a franchise season-high for a defenseman.
He was traded to the Colorado Avalanche on Oct. 26, 1995 for right wing Owen Nolan.
The seven-time NHL All-Star has played in 836 NHL games with San Jose, Colorado, Carolina, Florida, Anaheim and the New York Rangers, posting 548 points (164 goals, 384 assists) and 614 penalty minutes.
Ozolinsh represented his native country of Latvia in the 2002 and 2006 Winter Olympics.