Although goaltender Olie Kolzig was property of both Tampa Bay and Toronto in the days after his playing career ended here in the District, Kolzig will always be thought of and remembered as a Capital.
Today, the 41-year-old Kolzig begins a new career as the Capitals’ associate goaltender coach.
Two other moves in the team’s coaching ranks accompany Kolzig’s return to the organization. Goaltending coach Arturs Irbe’s contract expired at the end of the 2011-12 season after he spent each of the last two seasons in that position. Longtime goaltending coach Dave Prior – who is the longest continually tenured assistant coach in Washington Capitals franchise history – returns to his former post as the Capitals’ director of goaltending and NHL goaltender coach.