- The Washington Times - Wednesday, April 19, 2006


Axel Kolzig, the 64-year-old father of Washington Capitals goaltender Olie Kolzig, died Monday night of an apparent massive heart attack in his Union Bay, British Columbia, home.

Axel Kolzig watched his son win his 20th game of the season earlier in the evening on television and turned on his computer to read about his son’s victory on the Internet. His wife, Renata, discovered him shortly thereafter.

The couple operated a general store in their rural community on the northeast coast of Vancouver Island.

The Kolzigs were citizens of Germany and spent years in the hotel and hospitality industry, working all over Europe and Africa before settling in Canada. Olie, also a German citizen, was born in South Africa because that’s where his parents were working at the time.

Olie often spoke of his parents and the sacrifices they made to further the hockey careers of the goalie and his younger brother.

Kolzig learned of his father’s death about 1 a.m. yesterday and flew to western Canada later in the morning to be with his mother.

Axel Kolzig is survived by his wife, two sons and several grandchildren. Funeral services have not been announced.

Dave Fay

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