- The Washington Times - Monday, April 5, 2004

Seen and heard yesterday at Mellon Arena in Pittsburgh:

KOLZIG NOMINATED — Goalie Olie Kolzig is the Caps’ nominee for the King Clancy Trophy, the NHL Foundation Player Award, the Sporting News’ Good Guy Award and USA Weekend’s Most Caring Athlete Award, all of which recognize the player who best exemplifies a commitment to community service. Kolzig also was nominated by the Washington chapter of the Professional Hockey Writers Association for the Bill Masterton Trophy, given for perseverance, sportsmanship and dedication to hockey.

Kolzig purchases 10 season tickets each year for patients from Children’s National Medical Center. Two of the children ride the Olympia ice resurfacer between periods at each game. Kolzig, whose son, Carson, is autistic, also has raised more than $150,000 for Athletes Against Autism. Kolzig’s Golf and Tennis Classic has raised more than $500,000 for Children’s National Medical Center, and along with Dallas’ Stu Barnes, he has raised more than $150,000 for Boys & Girls Club, Sexual Assault Response Center and Children’s Developmental Center programs in his off-season home of Washington state.

NO MIRACLE FOR PATRICK — Penguins general manager Craig Patrick is a major character in the movie “Miracle” about the 1980 U.S. team that stunned the mighty Soviet Union en route to winning Olympic gold. Patrick, then the assistant coach to future Penguins boss Herb Brooks, won’t see the film because he prefers remembering the reality rather than a re-creation. Noah Emmerich plays Patrick in the film.

FORMER CAPTAIN BIDS ADIEU — Adam Oates, Washington’s captain from 1999 to 2001, retired immediately after Edmonton was eliminated from playoff contention Saturday. Oates, 41, had the 1,079th assist of his career in the 5-2 loss to Vancouver. Oates is sixth all time in assists, trailing only Wayne Gretzky, Ron Francis, Mark Messier, Ray Bourque and Paul Coffey.

David Elfin

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