Posted by SuckaFish
Olie Kolzig, the greatest goaltender in Washington Capitals history, retired Wednesday.
With the Caps, Kolzig won 711 games, a Vezina Trophy as the top goaltender in the NHL, made two All-Star teams, and was a singular leader that held the team together during a brutal rebuilding process.
“I feel very privileged to have had the opportunity to play the game of hockey at the NHL level for many seasons and I am grateful for everything the game has given me,” said Kolzig.
He was a great player, but he is a better man. He is active in the community, especially fighting autism, and always carries himself with class. The Capitals, and the NHL, were lucky to have him.
Here are two of my favorite Olie moments. First, his fight with former Caps goalie Byron Dafoe. They were the best man at each other’s weddings.
Second, a classic Caps ad.