Carlo Colaiacovo

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Carlo Colaiacovo
Carlo Colaiacovo 2014-03-23.JPG
Colaiacovo with the St. Louis Blues in 2014.
Born (1983-01-27) January 27, 1983 (age 31)
Toronto, ON, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Free Agent
Toronto Maple Leafs
St. Louis Blues
Detroit Red Wings
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 17th overall, 2001
Toronto Maple Leafs
Playing career 2002–present
Medal record
Ice hockey
Representing  Canada
Spengler Cup
Gold 2012 Davos

Carlo Colaiacovo (/ˌkl.əˈkv/; born January 27, 1983) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenseman who is currently an Unrestricted Free Agent of the National Hockey League (NHL). Colaiacovo also has an identical twin brother, Paulo Colaiacovo, who is a professional ice hockey goaltender.

Playing career[edit]

Toronto Maple Leafs[edit]

Colaiacovo was drafted 17th overall by Toronto in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft. Colaiacovo has been bothered by injuries that have hindered him from becoming a consistent NHL regular. He scored his first career NHL goal on November 8, 2005, against the Washington Capitals.

On January 23, 2006, Colaiacovo missed a hipcheck on Václav Varaďa in a game against the Ottawa Senators, smashing head-first into the boards. He was taken off the ice in a stretcher. The injury was a major concussion, and he missed the end of the 2005–06 NHL season.

Colaiacovo recovered fully from his concussion, but later injured his hand in his first game back into the Toronto Marlies lineup. On December 4, the Maple Leafs recalled Colaiacovo from the Marlies and on December 16, he scored his first goal of the season against the New York Rangers. Colaiacovo underwent arthroscopic knee surgery on April 29, 2007.[1]

St. Louis Blues[edit]

On November 23, 2008, Colaiacovo was traded by the Leafs, along with Alexander Steen, to the St. Louis Blues for Lee Stempniak.[2][3] He finished the 2008-09 season with 30 points between Toronto and St. Louis. In the 2009–10 season, he registered a career high 32 points, finishing second among Blues' defencemen.[citation needed] After the 2010–11 season, he joined Team Canada at the IIHF World Championship in Slovakia.

Detroit Red Wings[edit]

On September 12, 2012, Colaiacovo signed a two-year deal with the Detroit Red Wings.[4] In his second game of the season, Colaiacovo suffered a shoulder injury that kept him out for 33 games. He made his home debut for the Red Wings on April 1, 2013 against the Colorado Avalanche. When asked about his feelings over his home debut, Colaiacovo replied, “I'm really looking forward to it. When I first signed here I said the Joe is one of my favorite rinks to play in. I haven't had that chance to do it in a Wings uniform. That's something that's going to keep the adrenaline going for me tonight."[5]

With the lockout shortened 2012–13 season, again largely affected by injury, Colaiacovo was bought-out on a compliance from the final year of his contract with the Wings on July 3, 2013.[6]

Return to St. Louis[edit]

On November 13, 2013, Colaiacovo agreed to a one-year deal to return to the St. Louis Blues. The Blues added Colaiacovo after learning that defenseman Jordan Leopold would be out 8 weeks due to hand surgery.

Off the ice[edit]

Colaiacovo's twin brother Paulo is a former professional hockey player, and his cousin, Matt Finn (born February 24, 1994), was selected by the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2nd round of the 2012 NHL Entry Draft.[7]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999–00 Erie Otters OHL 52 4 18 22 12 13 2 4 6 9
2000–01 Erie Otters OHL 62 12 27 39 59 14 4 7 11 16
2001–02 Erie Otters OHL 60 13 27 40 49 21 7 10 17 20
2002–03 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 2 0 1 1 0
2002–03 Erie Otters OHL 35 14 21 35 12
2003–04 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 2 0 1 1 2
2003–04 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 62 6 25 31 50
2004–05 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 49 4 20 24 59 5 0 1 1 2
2005–06 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 18 2 5 7 17
2005–06 Toronto Marlies AHL 14 5 6 11 14
2006–07 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 8 9 17 22
2007–08 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 28 2 4 6 10
2008–09 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 10 0 1 1 6
2008–09 St. Louis Blues NHL 63 3 26 29 29 4 0 0 0 2
2009–10 St. Louis Blues NHL 67 7 25 32 60
2010–11 St. Louis Blues NHL 65 6 20 26 23
2011–12 St. Louis Blues NHL 64 2 17 19 22 7 0 3 3 16
2012–13 Detroit Red Wings NHL 6 0 1 1 2 9 0 1 1 2
2012–13 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 2 0 0 0 0
2013–14 St. Louis Blues NHL 25 1 3 5 18
NHL totals 401 31 113 145 211 20 0 4 4 20

Awards and achievements[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Leafs' Colaiacovo undergoes knee surgery". TSN.ca. 2007-04-30. Archived from the original on 2007-05-03. Retrieved 2007-05-01. 
  2. ^ "Leafs acquire winger Stempniak from Blues". tsn.ca. 2008-11-24. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  3. ^ "Leafs trade Steen, Colaiacovo". sportsnet.ca. 2008-11-24. Retrieved 2008-11-24. 
  4. ^ "Red Wings sign Defenseman Colaiacovo". National Hockey League. 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2012-09-12. 
  5. ^ "Colaiacovo to make home debut". Detroit Red Wings. 2013-01-23. Retrieved 2013-01-23. 
  6. ^ "Red Wings to buyout Carlo Colaiacovo". USA Today. 2013-07-03. Retrieved 2013-07-03. 
  7. ^ http://www.eliteprospects.com/player.php?player=82316

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Brad Boyes
Toronto Maple Leafs first round draft pick
2001
Succeeded by
Alexander Steen