Mark Kolesar

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Mark Kolesar
Born (1973-01-23) January 23, 1973 (age 41)
Neepawa, MB, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 188 lb (85 kg; 13 st 6 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Right
Played for Toronto Maple Leafs
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1994–2004

Mark Timothy Kolesar (born January 23, 1973 in Neepawa, Manitoba) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey centre who played two seasons in the NHL for the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Playing career[edit]

Kolesar started the notable part of his hockey career with the Brandon Wheat Kings of the WHL in 1991. Kolesar did not start producing until his second year, but by his third year with the team he was scoring at a point-per-game clip. This offensive production got the attention of the Toronto Maple Leafs who signed him to a contract on 24 May 1994.

Kolesar played the next season with Toronto's AHL affiliate, the St. John's Maple Leafs, and managed to get 30 points in his first pro season. The next year, the 1995–96 season, would be Kolesar's best year in hockey. He played 21 games with the Leafs, and managed to play 3 games in the playoffs, even scoring a shorthanded goal in the club's playoff series against the St. Louis Blues.

Kolesar only played 7 games with the Leafs the next year, however, and he never played in the NHL again after that. He did not retire, though, he continued to play in England, Germany, and then a one-game stint in Italy. He finished up his career in 2003–04 in the Central Hockey League with the Wichita Thunder.

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1991–92 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 56 6 7 13 36 - - - - -
1992–93 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 68 27 33 60 110 4 0 0 0 4
1993–94 Brandon Wheat Kings WHL 59 29 37 66 131 14 8 3 11 48
1994–95 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 65 12 18 30 62 5 1 0 1 2
1995–96 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 21 2 2 4 14 3 1 0 1 2
1995–96 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 52 22 13 35 47 - - - - -
1996–97 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 7 0 0 0 0 - - - - -
1996–97 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 62 22 28 50 64 10 1 3 4 6
1997–98 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 2 0 0 0 2 - - - - -
1997–98 Hamilton Bulldogs AHL 27 2 12 14 47 6 1 1 2 0
1997–98 Manitoba Moose IHL 30 1 9 10 29 - - - - -
1998–99 Nottingham Panthers IHS 40 15 27 42 54 7 3 6 9 0
1999–00 Scwenningen Wild Wings DEL 67 11 14 25 78 - - - - -
2000–01 London Knights IHS 47 8 19 27 30 8 4 1 5 10
2001–02 London Knights IHS 48 5 20 25 48 7 3 3 6 18
2002–03 London Knights IHS 29 10 12 22 10 18 7 13 20 16
2003–04 Alleghe HC ITA 1 0 1 1 0 - - - - -
2003–04 Wichita Thunder CHL 64 17 42 59 51 6 1 2 3 8
NHL totals 28 2 2 4 14 3 1 0 1 2

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