Kolzig, a 15-year NHL veteran, played for Washington and Tampa Bay and was a member of the Toronto Maple Leafs, but never played for them. He played a total of 719 games, 711 of those with Washington, before he retired in September 2009. During his time with the Capitals, Kolzig garnered almost every all-time Capitals goaltending record, including games played, wins (301), shutouts (35), and minutes (41,259) and ranks fourth (minimum 3,000 minutes played) in goals-against average (2.70) and third in save percentage (.906). In terms of single-season records, Kolzig leads in games (73), minutes (4,371), wins (41) and is second (minimum 1,200 minutes) in goals-against average (2.20), save percentage (.920) and shutouts (6).
A former Capitals first-round draft pick (19th overall) in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, Kolzig helped guide Washington to its only Stanley Cup Final in 1998. The Johannesburg, South Africa, native was awarded the 2000 Vezina Trophy, presented to the league’s top goalie, and was named the 2005-06 King Clancy Memorial Trophy winner, awarded to the player who best exemplifies leadership qualities on and off the ice and who has made a significant humanitarian contribution to his community. Kolzig was named to two NHL All-Star Teams (1998 and 2000) as a member of the Capitals, and was a three-time Olympian as a member of the German Olympic Team in 1998, 2002 and 2006.
During his final season with Washington in 2007-08, Kolzig was teammates with several current Capitals, including captain Alex Ovechkin, Nicklas Backstrom and Mike Green.
Kolzig is co-owner of the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League and founder of the Carson Kolzig Foundation and Athletes Against Autism.
He and his wife Christin have three children, a son Carson and two daughters, Kendall and Ashlyn.