The longest-tenured Capital and longest-tenured current D.C. athlete in his 19th professional season.
One of seven active goalies with 250-plus wins in his career and one of only two in that group (Martin Brodeur) to record all of his victories with the same team … Holds the Capitals goaltending career records in wins (276), ties (63), games played (657), minutes (38,105), save percentage (.908), shots against (20,177), saves (18,470), shutouts (34) and assists (15) … Holds the Capitals single-season records for games played by a goaltender (73, 1999-00), minutes (4,371, 1999-00), wins (41, 1999-00) and save percentage (.920, 1997-98) … Won the Vezina Trophy and was named to the postseason NHL First All-Star team in 1999-00 … Has played in two NHL All-Star Games (1998, 2000).
Appeared in 54 games, posting a 22-24-6 record, 3.00 GAA and a .910 save percentage … Led Caps in games, minutes played (3,184), shots faced (1,771) and saves (1,612) … Posted 20-plus wins for eighth time in career … Ranked tied for 17th in the league in save percentage … Ranked 12th in the NHL in saves … Tied for second among NHL goaltenders with three assists … Faced 30-plus shots 29 times and 40-plus shots five times … Went 11-4-2 when facing more than 35 shots, including a 4-0-1 mark when he faced more than 40 shots … Made 20 or more saves in the third period to preserve four victories … Posted consecutive wins five times … Allowed a single goal or less nine times … Posted a .931 save percentage in the third period, third-best in the NHL … Played in 35,000th NHL/Capitals minute on 10/7 vs. CAR … Allowed only two goals in each of first two victories (10/7 vs. CAR, 10/18 vs. FLA), posting .944 and .926 save percentages, respectively … Was 2-0-1 in Washington’s October Western Conference road trip, posting a .947 save percentage in those games … Made 45 saves in a 4-3 win 10/25 at COL, earning second-star honors … Stopped 42 of 44 shots in a shootout loss 10/27 at VAN … Won back-to-back games on 11/11 and 11/13, making 85 saves on 87 shots (.977) and earning first-star honors in each game … Faced 155 shots during four-game win streak (11/28-12/6), posting 144 saves (.929) … Made season-high 48 saves in victory on 11/28 vs. TB, his career-best save total in a win … Won three consecutive games (1/4-1/9), giving up five goals on 83 shots (.940) … Played in 11 consecutive games from 12/23-1/13, going 4-6-0 in that span … Started a season-best nine consecutive games from 12/27-1/13 … Allowed just one goal each in back-to-back games, 2/3 at PIT and 2/4 vs. NYI … Stopped 31 shots and all three shootout attempts in a 2-1 shootout win 2/4 vs. NYI … Missed 13 games (2/15-3/12) with a knee injury … Returned to lineup on 3/15, posting a 2-1 record in his first three games back and stopping 100 of 105 shots faced in that span (.952) … Posted lone shutout of season, his first since 2/15/04, stopping 27 shots in a 1-0 win vs. FLA (4/3).
2005-06: Awarded the King Clancy Memorial Trophy for his leadership on and off the ice … Just the second goaltender to win the King Clancy (Curtis Joseph, 2000) … Led the Capitals in wins (20) for the eighth year and posted his seventh NHL season with at least 20 victories … Led team goaltenders in games, wins, minutes, GAA and save percentage … Became just the 36th goalie all-time (seventh active) with 250 career NHL wins … Made at least 30 saves in 30 of his 55 starts and at least 40 saves five times … Ranked fifth in the NHL in saves (1,781) and third in shots faced (1,987) … Ranked eighth in the league in minutes (3,506) … Had a 2.06 GAA and a .939 save percentage in his 20 victories … One of seven goalies in the NHL with three assists, his career high … Made a Caps record 26 saves in the second period at FLA (10/20) and made a season-high 46 saves in the game … Stopped 35 shots and all three shootout attempts vs. ATL (11/4) and was named first star … Second star at MTL (11/19) after stopping 43 of 44 shots in the win … Allowed only four goals in 15 attempts in the longest shootout in NHL history, 11/26 at NYR … Stopped a penalty shot in overtime of the shootout win 1/19 vs. STL … Made his second Olympic appearance for Germany, playing three games … Stopped 40 shots in his 250th career win, 3/6 vs. NYI … Played the 600th Capitals/NHL game of his career vs. CAR (4/7).
2004-05: Played eight games for Eisbaren Berlin in the German Elite League, posting two shutouts and a 2.52 GAA ... Made three playoff appearances, including a shutout ... Had a 2.36 playoff GAA ... Spent part of the year working as a goaltending coach with the Tri-City Americans of the Western Hockey League, his former junior team, which he purchased with former teammate Stu Barnes ... The Americans’ top goaltender Carey Price, was the No. 5 overall pick in the 2005 NHL Entry Draft (Montreal).
2003-04: Posted a 19-35-9 record, a 2.89 GAA and a .908 save percentage in 63 appearances for the Capitals … Led team goaltenders in games, minutes (3,738), GAA, wins and shutouts (two) … Named NHL Defensive Player of the Week for the week of 2/23, earning a 2-0-2 record and a .974 save percentage in four games … Earned the Caps’ three stars award given to the player with the most three stars of the game selection points … Posted his first win of the season in the opener vs. NYI (10/9), making 17 saves on 18 shots … Made 41 saves on 42 shots in a 5-1 win at TB (11/4) … Appeared in his 500th NHL/Capitals game vs. FLA (11/22), becoming the 48th goaltender in league history to appear in 500 games and only the 14th to do it with one team … Recorded his first shutout of the season in a 1-0 win vs. EDM (1/11), making 26 saves … Had a season-high five-game unbeaten streak from 2/12-2/21, with a 2-0-3 record and his second shutout of the season at CHI on 2/15 … Set a season high by making 47 saves on 48 shots, also a season high, in 1-1 tie vs. OTT on 2/17.
2002-03: In 66 appearances for the Capitals, earned a 33-25-6 record with a 2.40 GAA and a .919 save percentage … Tied for seventh in the league in wins and eighth in save percentage … Led team goaltenders in games, wins, ties, shutouts, minutes, GAA and save percentage … Earned 30-or-more wins for his fourth consecutive season, fifth overall … Made 30-or-more saves in 25 of his 66 games, including 13 games with 35-or-more saves … Earned an 11-4-1 record and a 1.87 GAA and a .935 save percentage against division opponents … Missed four games due to a hand injury from 10/30-11/5 … Made a season-high 43 saves on 44 shots against PHI on 11/9 … In December, posted a 6-2-1 record and a 2.08 GAA and a .928 save percentage … Posted a season-high four consecutive wins during a five-game unbeaten streak from 12/16-12/27 (4-0-1), including three wins with 35-or-more saves … Earned his first shutout of the season while making 40 saves against TB on 12/23 … Made 35 saves and posted his 200th career victory against CAR on 1/22 … Registered his second shutout of the season against NYI on 2/7, making 20 saves … Earned his 30th career shutout against CAR on 3/2 (21 saves) … Registered his fourth shutout of the season against FLA on 4/1, making 31 saves … Played in all six playoff games for the Capitals, registering a 2-4 record and a 2.08 GAA … Recorded a shutout, the seventh of his playoff career, in Game 1 of the CQF at TB on 4/10, making 28 saves … Made more than 40 saves twice in his six starts, Game 2 of the CQF at TB on 4/12 (40 saves) and Game 6 of the CQF against TB on 4/20 (44 saves).
2001-02: Appeared in 71 games for the Capitals and posted a 31-29-8 record with a 2.79 GAA … Among league goaltenders, ranked first in shots against (1,977), second in saves (1,785), tied for third in games played and tied for seventh in shutouts (6) … Ranked 10th in the NHL in wins (31) … Led team goaltenders in games played, wins, ties, shutouts, minutes and shots against … Set a career high in shutouts … Set club records and career highs in saves (1,805) and shots faced (1,997) … Recorded his third consecutive and fourth overall 30-plus win season … Recorded a career-high shutout streak of 164:24 from 1/11-1/16, including consecutive shutouts at FLA on 1/12 and against BOS on 1/14 … Made a season-high 41 saves on a season-high 47 shots in a losing effort at NYR on 1/26 … Appeared in his 400th NHL/Capitals game against CGY on 3/6 … Posted his fifth shutout of the season at COL on 3/19 to start an eight-game unbeaten streak from 3/19-4/5 (7-0-1), including a four game win streak from 3/26-4/3 … Earned his sixth shutout of the season in a 0-0 tie against OTT (4/5).
2000-01: In 72 appearances for the Capitals, posted a 37-26-8 record and a 2.48 GAA … Tied for third in the NHL in games played and wins and ranked second in shots against (1,917), fourth in minutes (4,279), 17th in save percentage (.909) and 24th in GAA … Led team goaltenders in games played, wins, ties (8), minutes, shutouts and shots against … Tied a career high in shutouts (5) … Was named NHL Player of the Week for 12/11-12/17, posting a 3-0-0 record and a 1.01 GAA and a .955 save percentage … Accounted for 37 of the team’s 41 wins (90.2%) … At home, earned a 22-10-6 record with a 2.28 GAA and a .918 save percentage … Earned a 9-0-3-3 record in games which he posted 30-or-more saves … Against division opponents, posted a 10-4-1 record, 1.92 GAA and a .927 save percentage … In December, posted a 10-3-1 record and a .924 save percentage … Appeared in his 300th Capitals/NHL game against BUF on 12/20 … Started 67 of the last 73 games, including 20 in a row from 2/9-3/23 … Missed the first three games of the season after undergoing knee surgery … Earned five consecutive wins from 11/22-12/2, including his first shutout of the season against NYI (11/22) and his second shutout at BOS (12/2) … Recorded his third shutout of the season against EDM (12/16) … Became the Capitals all-time leader in wins with his 129th against FLA (12/23) … Recorded a nine-game unbeaten streak from 2/1-2/24 (8-0-1) … Made a season-high 42 saves against TOR (3/1) … Made 28 saves in his fifth shutout of the season against FLA (4/5), his 150th NHL victory … Appeared in all six playoff games for the Capitals, posting a 2-4 record and a 2.24 GAA … Earned a shutout against PIT (4/12).
1999-00: Appeared in a career-high 73 games for the Capitals … Captured the Vezina Trophy as the league’s top goaltender, making him the second player in team history to win the award (Jim Carey, 1995) … Was named to the postseason NHL First All-Star Team and played in the 2000 All-Star Game in Toronto, his second All-Star appearance, the most by any Capitals goalie … Was named NHL Player of the Month for January, posting an 11-1-2 record, a 1.68 GAA and a .936 save percentage … Was named NHL Player of the Week for the week ending 3/5, earning a 3-0-1 record … Finished first in the NHL in minutes (4,371), saves (1,794), shots against (1,957) and home save percentage (.928) … Ranked second in the league in games and ties (11), third in wins (41), tied for fourth in shutouts (5), fifth in save percentage (.917) and win percentage (.646) and seventh in GAA (2.24) … Set single-season franchise records in games, minutes, wins, saves, shots against and ties and career franchise records in shutouts (16), games (272), minutes (15,375), saves (6,254) and shots against (6,891) … Set personal highs in games, minutes, wins, ties and shutouts … At home, earned a 25-7-8 record and a 1.97 GAA … Made 30-or-more saves 14 times throughout the season … Appeared in his 200th NHL game at FLA on 10/2 … Posted his first shutout of the season at ATL on 12/15 … Carried a career-high 11-game unbeaten streak from 1/8-1/30 (10-0-1), including a six-game win streak from 1/8-1/19 and two shutouts, vs. ATL (1/8) and vs. PHI (1/30) … Posted a five-game win streak from 2/3-2/18, including a shutout at MTL (2/10) and three consecutive 30-save performances from 2/12-2/18 … Earned his 100th career win against FLA on 2/23 … Tied a franchise record and set a career high by making 52 saves on 54 shots against DET on 3/3 … Tallied a career-high seven-game win streak from 3/11-3/28 … In his last 45 appearances of the season he went 33-7-5 with a 1.90 GAA and .931 save percentage … Appeared in five playoff games.
1998-99: Played in 64 games for the Capitals, earning a 26-31-3 record and a 2.58 GAA with four shutouts … Led the team in games, minutes (3,586), wins, ties, shutouts and shots against (1,538) … Against division opponents, posted a 8-3-1 record and a 1.75 GAA … Earned a shutout on opening night against ANA (10/10), making 29 saves … Made 30 saves in his second shutout of the season at BUF on 10/23 … Posted his third shutout of the season with 29 saves at FLA on 12/23 … Allowed only seven goals in a six-game win streak from 2/1-2/12 … Made 28 saves in his fourth shutout of the season at FLA (4/5).
1997-98: In 64 games for the Capitals, earned a 33-18-10 record and a 2.20 GAA … Tied for third in the NHL in wins and ranked fourth in save percentage (.920) … Appeared in the NHL All-Star Game and was named NHL Player of the Week twice, 3/23 (3-3-0) and 4/20 (4-0-0) … Led the team in games played, wins, ties, minutes (3,788), shutouts (5), save percentage (.920) and GAA (2.20) … Set career marks in GAA and save percentage … Recorded a six-game win streak from 10/3-10/18, establishing a career high, including his first shutout of the season at CHI (10/5) … Earned a six-game unbeaten streak from 10/31-11/15 (5-0-1) … Recorded back-to-back shutouts against CAR on 3/18 and against NJ on 3/20 … Finished the regular season with a four-game win streak from 4/13-4/19, posting his fifth shutout of the season at the NYI on 4/13 … Helped the Capitals to the Stanley Cup Finals, posting a 12-9 record in 21 playoff games … Tied what was then an NHL record with four playoff shutouts … Ranked first in the league in playoff shutouts and save percentage (.941) and ranked third in GAA (1.95) … Set club records for playoff games, minutes (1,351), wins, shutouts, GAA, save percentage and saves (698) … Recorded a team playoff record shutout streak (168:42) … Posted a shutout at BOS on 4/18 … Posted consecutive shutouts, at OTT on 5/13 and against OTT on 5/15 … Recorded his fourth shutout of the playoffs at BUF on 5/20 … Represented Germany in the Olympics, posting a 2-0 record, including a shutout.
1996-97: Played in his first full season with the Capitals, appearing in 29 games, earning an 8-15-4 record and a 2.59 GAA … Led the team in shutouts (2), GAA and save percentage (.906) … Recorded a three-game winning streak from 11/14-11/22 … Posted his first NHL shutout against PHX (1/3), making 22 saves … Posted his second career shutout against NYR (1/9), making 25 saves … Played four games for Germany in the World Championship.
1995-96: Played in 18 games for the Capitals, earning a 4-8-2 record, and five games for Portland (AHL), with a 5-0-0 record … Posted his first win of the season against STL on 10/29, making 31 saves … During a five-game stint with Portland, earned five wins, including a shutout and a 1.40 GAA … Named AHL Player of the Month for February and AHL Player of the Week … Was recalled by the Capitals on 2/25 … Earned consecutive wins from 2/27-2/29 … Played in five playoff games, posting a 2-3 record and a 1.94 GAA … Set a team record for saves in a playoff game, making 62 saves on 65 shots against PIT on 4/24 … Appeared in one game for Germany in the World Cup.
1994-95: Appeared in 14 games for the Capitals and two games for Portland … Ranked fourth among NHL rookies with a 2.49 GAA … Started five straight games to open the season, earning a 1-3-1 record … Posted his first NHL victory against NYI (1/27) … Made 36 saves in a win against PIT (5/2) … Recorded a 1-0-1 record and a 1.44 GAA for Portland … Made his NHL playoff debut, earning a 1-0 record in two appearances.
1993-94: Played in seven games for the Capitals and 29 games for Portland … Posted a 16-8-5 record with Portland and, along with Byron Dafoe, won the AHL’s Harry “Hap” Holmes Trophy for fewest goals against … Led Portland to a Calder Cup championship, posting a 12-5 record in 17 playoff games … Won the AHL’s Jack Butterfield Trophy as the league’s playoff MVP, leading the league in playoff wins and GAA (2.55).
1992-93: Made one appearance for the Capitals and played in 49 games for Rochester (AHL), posting a 25-16-4 record … Led Rochester in games played, wins, ties and GAA (3.68) … Earned a 9-8 record in 17 playoff games for Rochester, with a 3.52 GAA … Led the league in playoff games and minutes (1,040).
1991-92: Split the season between Baltimore (AHL), earning a 5-17-2 record in 28 games, and Hampton Roads (ECHL), posting an 11-3-0 record in 14 games.
1990-91: Split the season between Baltimore, appearing in 26 games, and Hampton Roads, playing in 21 games.
1989-90: Started the season with the Capitals, appearing in two games, before being returned to Tri-City (WHL) … Made his NHL debut at Hartford (10/11).
Spent two seasons with Tri-City (WHL), posting a 43-37-5 record in 78 games, and one season with New Westminster (WHL), earning a 6-5-0 record in 15 games.
1988-89: In 30 games with Tri-City, led the league in GAA (3.48) and was named to the WHL Second All-Star Team.
Has represented Germany in four international tournaments; the Olympics (2006, 1998), the World Championship (1997) and the World Cup (1996).
2006: Played in three games with the German Olympic Team, posting a 2.68 GAA and a .899 save percentage.
1998: In the Olympics, posted a 2-0 record, including a shutout, and led the tournament in GAA (1.00) and save percentage (.966).
Selected by the Capitals in the first round, 19th overall, in the 1989 Entry Draft.
Makes his off-season home in Washington state … Is founder of the Carson Kolzig Foundation, named after his son … Is one of the co-founders of Athletes Against Autism, an initiative of Cure Autism Now … Spearheaded the Capitals’ efforts to host Autism Awareness Night the last two years, including the first night of its kind in the NHL (12/27/05 vs. BOS) … Leads the Olie’s and Elliot’s Great Saves program, which benefits Athletes Against Autism, with Elliot Segal of DC101 … Also leads the Olie’s All-Stars program, in which he purchases 12 season tickets to Capitals games and donates them to Children’s National Medical Center, The Children’s Inn at NIH and the American Special Hockey Association … An owner of his former junior team, the Tri-City Americans, along with former junior teammate Stu Barnes … Enjoys golf and fishing in the off season … Lists Mexican and Italian as his favorite types of food … Lists “Angels and Demons” as his favorite book.