Craig Kowalski

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Craig Kowalski
Born (1981-01-15) January 15, 1981 (age 34)
Warren, MI, USA
Height 5 ft 8 in (173 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
EIHL team
Former teams
Nottingham Panthers
HC Valpellice
Lowell Lock Monsters
Syracuse Crunch
NHL Draft 235th overall, 2000
Carolina Hurricanes
Playing career 2004–present

Craig Kowalski (born January 15, 1981) is an American professional ice hockey goaltender who currently plays for the Nottingham Panthers of the EIHL.

Playing career[edit]

Kowalski's Pro career begun on June 25, 2000, when he was selected by the Carolina Hurricanes in 2000 NHL Entry Draft. He was chosen in the eighth round by the Carolina Hurricanes as their seventh overall pick and 235th overall. More than four years after being drafted, on August 6, 2004, Kowalski signed a multi-year contract with the Hurricanes. He was spare Goaltenders of Carolina during the playoffs. Carolina included Kowalski on team picture, and gave him a Stanley Cup. Since he did not play for the Hurricanes, his name could not be included on the Stanley Cup. In 2007, Kowalski was released from a Player Try Out Contract with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, and subsequently signed with the Gwinnett Gladiators of the ECHL. During the 2007-2008 ECHL Season, he was named to the All-Star Team, and was chosen as the American Conference's starting Goaltender. Prior to the 2008-2009 ECHL Season, Kowalski was traded to the Phoenix RoadRunners of the ECHL, for Bryan Esner and signed on July 22, 2009 a contract with HC Valpellice. On December 3, 2009 he scored an empty net goal against Sportivi Ghiaccio Pontebba. On July 8, 2010 Kowalski was revealed as the new starting netminder for Nottingham Panthers[1] in Great Britain's Elite Ice Hockey League

On March 28, 2011 it was announced that Kowalski had agreed to return to Nottingham for a second season with the Nottingham Panthers in the 2011/12 Elite League campaign


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Mike Brown
Perani Cup Champion
Succeeded by
Jordan Sigalet