Caps hire Kolzig as associate goaltender coach

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ARLINGTON, Va. -- Olie Kolzig is back with the Washington Capitals, just not in net.

Kolzig was hired as associate goaltender coach, the Capitals announced Thursday, returning to the team he backstopped for all but eight of his 719 career NHL games.

General manager George McPhee said the Caps were excited to add a familiar face to their staff.

"Olie had a tremendous impact on this franchise as a goaltender as well as an individual, and we are looking forward to him having the same impact as a coach," McPhee said in a statement.

Kolzig, 41, played for the Capitals from 1989 to 2008, leading them to their only Stanley Cup Final in 1998 and winning the Vezina Trophy as top goaltender in 2000.

He left the team after Washington acquired Cristobal Huet and he was demoted to backup for the remainder of the season.

Still, Kolzig owns nearly every goaltender record in team history, including 301 wins and 35 shutouts. He played eight games for Tampa Bay in 2008-09.

The Capitals also announced that Dave Prior would return to his role as director of goaltending and goaltending coach, replacing Arturs Irbe. Prior previously spent 12 seasons as the Capitals' goaltending coach, including 11 seasons coaching Kolzig.


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