Wednesday, March 12, 2008

Olie Kolzig #300

Capitals 3, Flames 2

Alex Ovechkin scored his 55th and 56th goals and goalie Olie Kolzig earned his 300th win as the Washington Capitals beat the Calgary Flames 3-2 at Verizon Center. Ovechkin scored the game winning goal with 1:54 left. After that all eyes were on Olie as the seconds ticked off. When the final buzzer sounded, Kolzig became just the 23rd goalie to win 300 NHL games. He has earned every one of those in a Capitals uniform. Impressive. While I'm sorry he's never won a Stanley Cup here in Washington (he guided the Caps to the 1998 Stanley Cup Finals but they lost to Detroit), he's been a great Cap both on and off the ice, dedicating countless hours to charitable organizations. From the Caps Media Guide, I want to pay a little tribute here to a class act and future NHL Hall of Famer.

Is founder of the Carson Kolzig Foundation, named after his son. Is one of the co-founders of Athletes Against Autism, an initiative of Cure Autism Now.
Spearheaded the Capitals’ efforts to host Autism Awareness Night the last two years, including the first night of its kind in the NHL (12/27/05 vs Boston). Leads the Olie’s and Elliot’s Great Saves program, which benefits Athletes Against Autism, with Elliot Segal of DC101. Also leads the Olie’s All-Stars program, in which he purchases 12 season tickets to Capitals games and donates them to Children’s National Medical Center, The Children’s Inn at NIH and the American Special Hockey Association.

Read more about Olie here

PS-I know I've blogged a lot of sports recently. My Nikon 7900 Coolpix camera met an untimely demise and thus the lack of Benjamin pictures. Another Nikon 7900 Coolpix is coming as I purchased one on eBay tonight and hopefully within a week I'll have it.

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