Capitals Promote Olie Kolzig to Head Goaltender Coach


Early Wednesday, the Washington Capitals announced they have promoted Olie Kolzig and named him the team’s new goaltending coach. Kolzig replaces long-time goalie boss Dave Prior, who spent 14 seasons at the helm and once mentored Kolzig as a player. For the previous two seasons, the former Vezina winner served as associate goaltending coach, mentoring the team’s minor league goalies in Reading and Hershey.

“He played the game for a long time and played at a high level and was arguably the best goaltender this franchise has ever had,” Caps general manager George McPhee said to Mike Vogel. “That experience – coupled with his training and development the last couple of years in teaching – we think suits him well to take over the NHL club now.”

The Capitals coaching staff now consists of three former Caps players (and Blaine Forsythe) who led the team to its only Stanley Cup Finals appearance in 1998.


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Now let’s go watch Olie fight the best man of his wedding to celebrate the news.

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  • Andrea

    What about Olie’s goal in the juniors:

  • lrhflute

    I love this so much! I have loved Olie for roughly 20 years!! CONGRATS TO HIM!!!! 😀

  • Olaf Bowl-Cig

    Rough debut season with the Caps for Olie. 2 GP 12 GA.

  • Phil

    How does 12GA in 2G come to an average of 5.00 GAA?

  • yv

    Ovi and Kuzzya saga continues… Today is the opening night for KHL, where last GC finalists Dynamo-Traktor will play in Moscow. And KHL site publishes big interview with Kuzya. RMNB would probably cover it, but just in case, FYI.
    While Kuz saying that he will stay in DC with Ovi, etc, he also says that there is only one variant that he will remain in KHL – that someone will offer 5-7 years contract. If so, he will consider it very seriously (!??!). I almost sure that such teams, rich ones, will offer him such contract and then murky situation for Caps and fans will become even more darker.

  • scrubversive

    Along with Bonzai, he’s one of my childhood heroes. Congratulations Olie the Goalie! Glad you’re with us even after your playing career.

  • SeanL

    I miss Dave Prior already.

  • serpent

    Yeah! so where does Dave go from here? I thought he did a great job.

  • Rhino40

    Thanks for the gif, Ian…everyone knows goalie fights are the best fights..haha. Well deserved for ‘Zilla.