Kolzig promoted to Goaltending Coach

Updated: September 4, 2013

Former Washington Capitals goalie and assistant goal tending coach, Olaf Kolzig, has been promoted to head goaltending coach.

For the past two season, Kolzig as served as associate goaltending coach, coaching up the Caps minor league goalie prospects.   With the departure of goaltending coach David Prior, Kolzig now takes over in that role.

Washington’s current net minding duo is Braden Holtby and Michal Neuvirth.  Kolzig will take over the coaching and mentoring of those two goalies.

Kolzig served as the Caps goalie from 1989 through 2007 in which he racked up a record of 1126-685.  He spent his final season with the Toronto Maple Leafs in 2008.  Kolzig played in 719 NHL games.

GM George McPhee likes that fact that Kolzig was the best goalie in franchise history and that experience will help guide youngsters Neuvirth and Holtby.

“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,” notes Caps general manager George McPhee. “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.”

“There’s no learning curve involved. He knows these players very well. He has worked with them at the NHL level and at the American league level. He won’t change their game very much at all; a couple of tweaks here and there, minor adjustments. What’s most important is his relationship with them and being able to talk with them about things going on in the game and preparation, and just being that guy that’s there for them.”

Scott Murray has been hired to replace Kolzig as the associate goaltending coach and will take over the overseeing of the development of the Caps minor league goalies, such as prospect Phillip Grubauer.   Murray spent the past five years as goaltending coach for the OHL’s Sudbury Wolves.