Krzysztof Oliwa

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Krzysztof Oliwa
Born (1973-04-12) April 12, 1973 (age 41)
Tychy, POL
Height 6 ft 5 in (196 cm)
Weight 245 lb (111 kg; 17 st 7 lb)
Position Left Wing
Shot Left
Played for New Jersey Devils (19962000)
Columbus Blue Jackets (2000–2001)
Pittsburgh Penguins (20012002)
New York Rangers (2002–2003)
Boston Bruins (2003)
Calgary Flames (2003–2004)
New Jersey Devils (2005)
National team  Poland
NHL Draft 65th overall, 1993
New Jersey Devils
Playing career 1993–2006

Krzysztof Artur Oliwa (pronounced [ˈkʂɨʂtɔf ˈartur ɔˈliva]; born April 12, 1973) is a Polish former professional ice hockey player. He played as a left winger in the National Hockey League. To date, he is the only player from Poland to have won a Stanley Cup.

Playing career[edit]

Nicknamed "The Polish Hammer" and from GKS Tychy youth system, Krzysztof Oliwa was drafted 65th overall in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft by the New Jersey Devils. An intimidating, physical player, he normally played the role of an enforcer and won the Stanley Cup with the Devils in 2000. Injuries prevented Oliwa from participating in the 2000 playoffs. However, Oliwa played enough regular season games to qualify to have his name inscribed on the Stanley Cup. He later played for the Columbus Blue Jackets, Pittsburgh Penguins, New York Rangers, Boston Bruins and the Calgary Flames. He signed with the New Jersey Devils as a free agent after the 2003–04 season. During the 2005–06 season, Oliwa was waived by the Devils and demoted to the minor league team in Albany. However, he chose not to report. He retired at the end of the 2005–06 season, taking the reins of the Polish National Hockey Program.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1993–94 Raleigh Icecaps ECHL 15 0 2 2 65 9 0 0 0 35
1993–94 Albany River Rats AHL 33 2 4 6 151
1994–95 Raleigh Icecaps ECHL 5 0 2 2 32
1994–95 Detroit Vipers IHL 4 0 1 1 24
1994–95 Albany River Rats AHL 20 1 1 2 77
1994–95 Saint John Flames AHL 14 1 4 5 79
1995–96 Raleigh Icecaps ECHL 9 1 0 1 53
1995–96 Albany River Rats AHL 51 5 11 16 217
1996–97 Albany River Rats AHL 60 13 14 27 322 15 7 1 8 49
1996–97 New Jersey Devils NHL 1 0 0 0 5
1997–98 New Jersey Devils NHL 73 2 3 5 295 6 0 0 0 23
1998–99 New Jersey Devils NHL 64 5 7 12 240 1 0 0 0 2
1999–00 New Jersey Devils NHL 69 6 10 16 184
2000–01 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 10 0 2 2 34
2000–01 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 26 1 2 3 131 5 0 0 0 16
2001–02 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 57 0 2 2 150
2002–03 New York Rangers NHL 9 0 0 0 51
2002–03 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 15 0 1 1 30
2002–03 Boston Bruins NHL 33 0 0 0 110
2003–04 Calgary Flames NHL 65 3 2 5 247 20 2 0 2 6
2004–05 Podhale Nowy Targ Poland 2 0 0 0 12
2005–06 New Jersey Devils NHL 3 0 0 0 5
NHL totals 410 17 28 45 1452 32 2 0 2 47

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