Vitali Kolesnik

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Vitali Kolesnik
Vitali Kolesnik, 2012.jpeg
Born (1979-08-20) August 20, 1979 (age 35)
Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakh SSR, Soviet Union
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
KHL team
Former teams
Lokomotiv Yaroslavl
Kazzinc Torpedo
Colorado Avalanche
Atlant Moscow Oblast
Salavat Yulaev Ufa
National team  Kazakhstan
NHL Draft Undrafted
Playing career 1998–present
Medal record
Men's ice hockey
Competitor for  Kazakhstan
Asian Games
Gold 2011 Astana-Almaty Ice hockey

Vitali Nikolaevich Kolesnik (Russian: Виталий Николаевич Коле́сник; born August 20, 1979) is a Kazakhstani professional ice hockey goaltender currently playing for Lokomotiv Yaroslavl of the Kontinental Hockey League (KHL).

Playing career[edit]

Kolesnik began his career with Kazzinc-Torpedo and spent five years with the club from Ust-Kamenogorsk before being signed as a free agent by the Colorado Avalanche on August 16, 2005.[1] Unlike the vast majority of NHL players, he was never drafted.

He played for the Avalanche's minor league hockey team, the Lowell Lock Monsters, where he logged a 2.80 goals against average (GAA) and a .916 save percentage with a pair of shutouts. His first game played with the Colorado Avalanche was on December 7, 2005, in which they beat the Boston Bruins 4–1. On December 28, 2005, the Colorado Avalanche announced that Kolesnik was being sent back to Lowell, after starting seven NHL games, going 3–3–0, with a 3.29 goals against average and a .887 save percentage. Earlier in the week, on December 21, it was announced that Kolesnik was selected to represent his home country of Kazakhstan in the 2006 Winter Olympics in Turin, Italy.[2] He got to play in two games (4-1 loss to USA, 2-1 loss to Slovakia), and was the first star for Kazakhstan in both games.

Kolesnik was recalled again by the Avalanche on March 9, 2006 to dress as a backup to Peter Budaj. Kolesnik finished the season with Colorado, appearing in eight games.

For the 2006–07 season, Kolesnik with the ambition to become a starting goaltender left North America to play for Mytishi Khimik in the Russian Superleague (RSL). On April 28, 2009, he left Mytishi Khimik and signed with league rival Avangard Omsk. After only three months with Avangard, Kolesnik joined Salavat Yulaev Ufa and signed a three-year contract. He finished the first regular season of the KHL with the lowest goals against average amongst all goaltenders with 1.59. During the opening round playoffs in the 2009–10 season against Avtomobilist, Kolesnik became the victim of a bizarre random assault when an inebriated Ekaterinburg fan from the stands swung a stick repeatedly over the Ufa team bench and concussed Kolesnik.[3] Kolesnik left the game as Avtomobilist won 4-3 and were subsequently fined.[4] He went on to win the Gagarin Cup with Salavat Yulavev Ufa during the 2010–11 season.

After the completion of his three-year contract, Kolesnik left to sign as a free agent with the rebuilt Lokomotiv Yaroslavl, for the 2012–13 season on May 3, 2012.[5]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP W L T/OT MIN GA SO GAA SV% GP W L MIN GA SO GAA SV%
1998–99 Kazzinc-Torpedo VHL 2
2001–02 Kazzinc-Torpedo VHL 1 1.00
2002–03 Kazzinc-Torpedo VHL 25 2.10
2003–04 Kazzinc-Torpedo VHL 35 1.67
2004–05 Kazzinc-Torpedo VHL 42 1.67
2005–06 Lowell Lock Monsters AHL 29 15 13 0 1717 80 3 2.80 .918
2005–06 Colorado Avalanche NHL 8 3 3 0 370 20 0 3.24 .888
2006–07 Khimik Moscow Oblast RSL 38 2006 82 4 2.45 9 503 16 3 1.91
2007–08 Khimik Moscow Oblast RSL 51 2684 101 3 2.26 5 269 10 0 2.23
2008–09 Atlant Moscow Oblast KHL 30 15 5 6 1322 35 5 1.59 .945 1 0 0 7 0 0 0.00 1.000
2009–10 Salavat Yulaev Ufa KHL 34 17 6 6 1622 60 5 2.22 .908 4 1 3 272 8 0 1.76 .934
2010–11 Salavat Yulaev Ufa KHL 27 15 4 5 1315 50 3 2.28 .922 4 1 2 148 2 1 0.81 .975
2011–12 Salavat Yulaev Ufa KHL 20 6 8 3 1016 53 1 3.13 .898
2012–13 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 15 6 7 2 830 34 2 2.46 .920
2013–14 Lokomotiv Yaroslavl KHL 19 7 4 5 955 24 3 1.51 .946 1 0 0 20 1 0 3.00 .917
KHL totals 145 65 32 27 7061 256 19 2.18 .923 10 2 5 447 11 1 1.47 .949
NHL totals 8 3 3 0 370 20 0 3.24 .888

References[edit]

  1. ^ Ty Dilello (August 16, 2012). "Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakhstan: NHL Goalie Hotbed". Bleacher Report. Retrieved December 25, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Colorado's Kolesnik to play for Kazakhstan in Turin". ESPN. December 22, 2005. Retrieved December 25, 2013. 
  3. ^ "Video: Fan attacks KHL goalie with stick on team bench". Yahoo! Sports. March 15, 2010. Retrieved September 7, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Salavat's goalie Vitaly Kolesnik assaulted by fan during game". RussianHockeyFans.com. March 15, 2010. Retrieved September 7, 2010. 
  5. ^ "Second wave begins" (in Russian). Lokomotiv Yaroslavl. May 3, 2012. Retrieved May 3, 2012. 

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