The Capitals promoted Olie Kolzig to head goaltender coach Wednesday, two years after he returned to the organization as the associate goaltending coach.
“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,” general manager George McPhee said in a statement.
The past two seasons have served as an apprenticeship for Kolzig, who holds nearly every franchise goaltending record. Under his long-time mentor and predecessor, Dave Prior, the 43-year-old's primary task has been to work with and develop the Capitals' goaltending prospects at the minor-league level. Kolzig will now join fellow coaches and former teammates Adam Oates and Calle Johansson in Washington, where he will work with Braden Holtby and Michal Neuvirth.
To replace Kolzig, the Capitals hired Scott Murray, most recently the goaltending coach for the Sudbury Wolves of the Ontario Hockey League.
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