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Sandis Ozolinsh
Sandis Ozolinsh
Position Defenceman
Shoots Left
Height
Weight
6 ft 3 in (1.91 m)
220 lb (100 kg)
KHL Team
F. Teams
Dinamo Riga
New York Rangers
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Florida Panthers
Carolina Hurricanes
Colorado Avalanche
San Jose Sharks
Nationality Flag of Latvia Latvian
Born August 3 1972 (1972-08-03) (age 44),
Riga, Latvian SSR
NHL Draft 30th overall, 1991
San Jose Sharks
Pro Career 1990 – present

Sandis Ozoliņš (born August 3, 1972) is a Latvian ice hockey player currently with Dinamo Riga of the Kontinental Hockey League. He is a 7-time NHL All-Star, Stanley Cup champion, Norris Trophy finalist, the all-time highest scoring Latvian in the NHL and the second highest paid sportsman in Latvian history, after NBA basketball player Andris Biedriņš. He is often considered a prototype "offensive defenseman," in that he becomes heavily involved in his team's offense and scoring opportunities.

Ozoliņš was drafted in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft by the San Jose Sharks, as the 8th pick of the 2nd round, 30th overall. He has skated for the San Jose Sharks, Colorado Avalanche, Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, Mighty Ducks of Anaheim and New York Rangers.

Ozoliņš is also the owner of Vilki OP/LaRocca of the Riga Open Championship. Ozoliņš also owns other Latvian sports ventures, including Latvia's first 18-hole golf course.

Playing careerEdit

Ozoliņš was one of 3 finalists for the Norris Trophy (the NHL award given to the best defencemen in the NHL) in the 1996–97 season. He is also a 7-time NHL All-Star.

When on the Colorado Avalanche, he won his one and only Stanley Cup (1996). He was a part of Anaheim's run to the Finals in 2003. In December 2005, Ozoliņš missed a practice skate and failed to go on a short road trip with the team. Shortly after, he voluntarily entered the NHL's substance abuse program, and was placed indefinitely on the disabled list.

He was traded from the Ducks to the New York Rangers for a third-round draft pick (which the Rangers had obtained earlier in a trade with the San Jose Sharks) at the March 9, 2006 trade deadline. On December 18, 2006, on the heels of a 6–1 loss to New Jersey, the Rangers placed Ozoliņš on waivers. After clearing waivers, Ozoliņš was assigned to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the American Hockey League (AHL), but a short while later he was put on the injured reserve instead.

He signed a one-year contract with the Sharks on November 2, 2007 and scored 3 goals and gave 13 assists in 38 games.

After a one year time-out, Sandis Ozoliņš returned to hockey in 2009 and will play in Dinamo Riga as a captain first time in his career.

TransactionsEdit

  • June 24, 2000 - Traded by the Colorado Avalanche, along with Columbus' 2000 2nd round draft choice, to the Carolina Hurricanes in exchange for Nolan Pratt, Carolina's 2000 1st round draft choice, Carolina's 2nd round draft choice and Philadelphia's 2000 2nd round draft choice.
  • March 9, 2006 - Traded by the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim to the New York Rangers in exchange for San Jose's 2006 3rd round draft choice.
  • November 2, 2007 - Signed a one year deal for US $850,000 with the San Jose Sharks.
  • July 13, 2009 - Signed a one year deal with the Dinamo Riga.
    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1990–91 Dinamo Riga USSR 44 0 3 3 51
1991–92 Stars Riga CIS 30 6 0 6 42
1991–92 Kansas City Blades IHL 34 6 9 15 20 15 2 5 7 22
1992–93 San Jose Sharks NHL 37 7 16 23 40
1993–94 San Jose Sharks NHL 81 26 38 64 24 14 0 10 10 8
1994–95 San Jose Sharks NHL 48 9 16 25 30 11 3 2 5 6
1995–96 San Francisco Spiders IHL 2 1 0 1 0
1995–96 San Jose Sharks NHL 7 1 3 4 4
1995–96 Colorado Avalanche NHL 66 13 37 50 50 22 5 14 19 16
1996–97 Colorado Avalanche NHL 80 23 45 68 88 17 4 13 17 24
1997–98 Colorado Avalanche NHL 66 13 38 51 65 7 0 7 7 14
1998–99 Colorado Avalanche NHL 39 7 25 32 22 19 4 8 12 22
1999–00 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 16 36 52 46 17 5 5 10 20
2000–01 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 72 12 32 44 71 6 0 2 2 5
2001–02 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 46 4 19 23 34
2001–02 Florida Panthers NHL 37 10 19 29 24
2002–03 Florida Panthers NHL 51 7 19 26 40
2002–03 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 31 5 13 18 16 21 2 6 8 10
2003–04 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 36 5 11 16 24
2005–06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 17 3 3 6 8
2005–06 New York Rangers NHL 14 2 10 12 12 3 0 0 0 6
2006–07 New York Rangers NHL 21 0 3 3 8
2007–08 San Jose Sharks NHL 39 3 13 16 24
2009–10 Dinamo Riga KHL 43 5 20 25 109
NHL totals 875 167 397 564 638 137 23 67 90 131

International playEdit

   
Year Team League GP G A Pts PIM
1991 USSR World Junior Championship Div. A 7 1 2 3 6
1992 USSR/CIS1 World Junior Championship Div. A 7 1 5 6 4
2001 Latvia World Championship Div. A 6 0 5 5 2
2002 Latvia Olympic Games 1 0 4 4 0
2002 Latvia World Championship Div. A 6 2 1 3 12
2005 Latvia Olympic Qualification 3 0 1 1 4
2006 Latvia Olympic Games 5 1 3 4 2

1 - during the tournament, USSR broke up and team was recalled as CIS national team, but Ozolinsh and Sergei Zholtok were from Latvia, which wasn't member of CIS so some other teams protested, but the protest was denied.

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