Chad Kolarik

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Chad Kolarik
Chad Kolarik.jpg
Born (1986-01-26) January 26, 1986 (age 28)
Abington, PA, USA
Height 5 ft 11 in (180 cm)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Right Wing or Center
Shoots Right
SHL team
Former teams
Linköpings HC
Columbus Blue Jackets
New York Rangers
NHL Draft 199th overall, 2004
Phoenix Coyotes
Playing career 2008–present

Chad Kolarik (born January 26, 1986) is an American professional ice hockey right wing. He is currently playing with Linköpings HC in the Swedish Hockey League (SHL). He left the organization of the Pittsburgh Penguins in June 2013.

Playing career[edit]

Kolarik was drafted 199th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Phoenix Coyotes. Chad then attended the University of Michigan. After completing his senior year with the Wolverines in the 2007–08 season, Chad then signed a three-year entry level contract with the Coyotes on April 13, 2008.[1] He was then assigned to affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL for the Calder Cup playoffs.

On March 3, 2010, Kolarik was traded from the Coyotes to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Alexandre Picard.[2] He made his NHL debut for the Blue Jackets on April 5, 2010 against the St. Louis Blues.[3]

On November 11, 2010, Kolarik was traded from the Blue Jackets to the New York Rangers in exchange for Dane Byers.[3] He earned his first NHL point for the Rangers with an assist on a goal by Brandon Prust against the Carolina Hurricanes on January 20, 2011.[4][5]

There was speculation that Kolarik would make the New York Rangers squad in the 2011-12 season, but he missed the entire year after he tore his ACL in training camp.

On January 24, 2013, Kolarik was traded from the Rangers to the Pittsburgh Penguins in exchange for Benn Ferriero.[6]

After a strong ending of the 2012–13 season with the Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins, Kolarik chose to move overseas, signing a two-year deal with Linköpings HC of the Swedish Hockey League.[7]

Personal life[edit]

He married University of Michigan gymnastic great Kylee Botterman in August 2011 in Botterman's hometown of Chicago, Illinois. Kolarik proposed to Botterman in December 2010 after a three-year, long-distance relationship.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2002–03 USNTDP NAHL 44 16 22 38 43
2003–04 USNTDP NAHL 10 3 4 7 4
2004–05 University of Michigan CCHA 42 18 17 35 53
2005–06 University of Michigan CCHA 41 12 26 38 30
2006–07 University of Michigan CCHA 41 18 27 45 24
2007–08 University of Michigan CCHA 39 30 26 56 24
2007–08 San Antonio Rampage AHL 7 4 2 6 0
2008–09 San Antonio Rampage AHL 76 20 30 50 47
2009–10 San Antonio Rampage AHL 59 17 18 35 41
2009–10 Syracuse Crunch AHL 17 9 6 15 14
2009–10 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2010–11 Springfield Falcons AHL 13 4 6 10 18
2010–11 Hartford Wolf Pack/CT Whale AHL 36 17 14 31 36 3 3 2 5 0
2010–11 New York Rangers NHL 4 0 1 1 2
2012–13 Connecticut Whale AHL 41 16 19 35 38
2012–13 Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Penguins AHL 35 15 18 33 17 15 5 6 11 17
2013–14 Linköpings HC SHL 53 30 18 48 64 14 6 4 10 16
NHL totals 6 0 1 1 2

Awards and achievements[edit]

Award Year
All-CCHA First Team 2007-08
AHCA West Second-Team All-American 2007-08

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Coyotes sign Chad Kolarik to entry level contract". Phoenix Coyotes. 2008-04-13. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 
  2. ^ "Blue Jackets acquire Matt Rust and Chad Kolarik in a pair of deals". Columbus Blue Jackets. 2010-03-03. Retrieved 2010-03-28. 
  3. ^ a b "Rangers obtain Kolarik from Jackets". New York Rangers. Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  4. ^ "Rangers Ward-ed off by a hot goalie". newyorkrangers.com. Retrieved 2011-01-21. 
  5. ^ "Carolina 4, NY Rangers 1". Yahoo!. Retrieved 2011-01-20. 
  6. ^ "Penguins acquire forward Kolarik from Rangers". Pittsburgh Penguins. 2013-01-24. Retrieved 2013-01-24. 
  7. ^ "27-årig amerikan klar för Linköping". Linköpings HC. 2013-06-28. Retrieved 2013-06-29. 

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