Former Hampton Roads and current Washington Capitals goaltender Olaf Kolzig was named National Hockey League Defensive Player of the Week and former Richmond and current Detroit Red Wings goaltender Manny Legace was named runner up for Defensive Player of the Week on Monday.
Kolzig was 1-0-2 with a 1.26 goals against average and a .966 save percentage while posting consecutive games with more than 40 saves as the Capitals took three of four points from the 2003 Eastern Conference Finalists. Kolzig made 47 saves in a 1-1 tie with Ottawa on February 17 and had 43 saves in a 3-1 win against New Jersey on February 19. He extended his unbeaten streak to a season-high five games (2-0-2-0) making 22 saves in a 2-2 tie with Florida on February 21.
Kolzig was 11-9-1 and ranked third in the ECHL with a 3.41 goals against average in 21 regular season games and 1-2-0 with a 4.66 goals against average in three postseason games with Hampton Roads in 1990-91. In 1991-92 with Hampton Roads, Kolzig led the ECHL in the regular season with a .914 save percentage while going 11-3-0 with a 2.90 goals against average in 14 regular season games.
Legace, who played for Richmond in the ECHL in 1996-97, was 3-0-0 with a 1.33 goals against average in three games for Detroit. Legace is one of six ECHL players that have hoisted the Stanley Cup joining Corey Schwab (2003), David Aebischer and Nolan Pratt (Colorado, 2001), Krzysztof Oliwa (New Jersey, 2000), and Kevin Dean (New Jersey, 1995), and for the past four years an ECHL player has been part of the NHL Champion.