To celebrate the Washington Capitals 40th anniversary on Sunday night, CSN Washington unearthed amazing footage of Olie KolzigÂ gettingÂ drafted 26 years ago. The video shows Caps director of player personnelÂ Jack ButtonÂ selecting the mammoth goaltender from the WHL’s Tri-City Americans on June 17, 1989.
“And you know the Washington Capitals need a goalie,” current lead play-by-play man of HNIC Jim Hughson said way back then. “Obviously, they can’t think that Olie The Goalie, as he’s called with the Tri-City Americans, will step in and lead them to a championship right away, but the first goaltender comes from the Western Hockey League. He’s the eighth Western Leaguer taken in this draft. Olaf Kolzig to the Washington Capitals.”
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