After two seasons as the Capitals’ associate goaltender coach, Olie Kolzig has been promoted to oversee Washington’s netminders, replacing Dave Prior.
The Capitals announced the move Wednesday, with training camp set to start next week. Kolzig, 43, spent 711 games in net for Washington as a player and holds most of the franchise’s goaltending records. A two-time NHL All-Star, he won the Vezina Trophy in 2000 as the league’s top goaltender.
“Olie has a wealth of knowledge and experience and we believe with him spending the past two seasons as the associate goaltending coach he is ready to take the next step in his coaching career,” Caps general manager George McPhee said in a statement.
The Capitals hired Scott Murray, 35, to work with Kolzig as the new associate coach. Murray spent the last five seasons as goaltending coach of the Ontario Hockey League’s Sudbury Wolves.
Also Wednesday, the Capitals announced they have signed Andre Burakovsky, their first-round pick in this year’s draft, to a three-year entry-level contract. The deal is worth $832,500 annually at the NHL level and $70,000 at the AHL level, The Washington Post reported.
Burakovsky, an 18-year-old forward, will play for the OHL’s Erie Otters this season.