Friday, September 26, 2014

Olaf Kolzig Jersey Card

In The Game has a thing for Olaf Kolzig, I guess, seemingly always featuring him in their sets of game-worn jerseys - and I sure won't complain. In the case of their 2003-04 In The Game-Used set, this card (#GUJ-32 in the collection) shows him in his prime, with the Washington Capitals' dark blue (then-away) uniform with the Capitol building logo and a matching swatch:
I prefer the Caps wearing red, but this was a decent jersey nonetheless, though the gold/bronze stripes didn't look as good on players' equipment as it did on the uniform.

Kolzig spent 16 years in the Caps' system, upon being drafted in 1989. If it wasn't for 8 games with the Tampa Bay Lightning in 2008-09 in which he obtained just 2 wins, he would have spent his entire career with Washington.

He has a Vezina to his name as well as a King Clancy and a First-Team All-Star nod, two All-Star Games, another Vezina top-5 run, Hart votes in two seasons, and a Stanley Cup Finals loss on his NHL resume to go with a Butterfield trophy (playoff MVP) and Hap Holmes award (best GAA) in the AHL, and a league championship in Germany during the 2004-05 lockout.

He was the Caps' goaltending coach last year, but asked to be re-assigned this season to player development coach; he will also serve as part-time goalie coach, but will no longer have to be on the road with the team at all times, so he can spend more time with his family.

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