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Sandis Ozoliņš

Sandis Ozoliņš (born August 3, 1972 in Riga, U.S.S.R.), also known as Sandis Ozolinsh, is a Latvian ice hockey player, currently being a unrestricted free agent. He is a 7-time NHL All-Star, the highest paid sportsman in Latvian history, and the all-time highest scoring Latvian in the NHL.

Ozolinsh was drafted in 1991 by the San Jose Sharks, as the 30th pick in the 2nd round. He has skated for the San Jose Sharks, Colorado Avalanche, Carolina Hurricanes, Florida Panthers, Anaheim Ducks and New York Rangers.

Sandis have his own golf club and ice hockey club Vilki OP.

Playing career

Ozolinsh was one of 3 finalists for the Norris Trophy (the NHL award given to the best defencemen of NHL) in the 1996–97 season. He is also a 7-time NHL All-Star.

When on the Colorado Avalanche, he won his one and only Stanley Cup (1996). He was a part of Anaheim's Cinderella run to the Finals in 2003. In December 2005, Ozolinsh missed a practice skate and failed to go on a short road trip with the team. Shortly after, he voluntarily entered the NHL's substance abuse program, and was placed indefinitely on the disabled list.

He was traded from the Ducks to the New York Rangers for a third-round draft pick (which the Rangers had obtained earlier in a trade with the San Jose Sharks) at the March 9, 2006 trade deadline. On December 18, 2006, on the heels of a 6–1 loss to New Jersey, the Rangers placed Ozolinsh on waivers. After clearing waivers, Ozolinsh was assigned to the Hartford Wolf Pack of the AHL, but a short while later he was put on injured reserve instead.

Ozolinsh is also the owner of Vilki OP/LaRocca of the Riga Open Championship. Ozolinsh also owns other Latvian sports ventures, including Latvia's first 18-hole golf course, Ozo Golf Club.

He signed a one-year contract with the Sharks on November 2, 2007 and scored 3 goals and gave 13 assists in 38 games.

Transactions

Career statistics

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1990–91 Dinamo Riga Russia 44 0 3 3 51
1991–92 Stars Riga Russia 30 6 0 6 42
1991–92 Kansas City Blades IHL 34 6 9 15 20 15 2 5 7 22
1992–93 San Jose Sharks NHL 37 7 16 23 40
1993–94 San Jose Sharks NHL 81 26 38 64 24 14 0 10 10 8
1994–95 San Jose Sharks NHL 48 9 16 25 30 11 3 2 5 6
1995–96 San Francisco Spiders IHL 2 1 0 1 0
1995–96 San Jose Sharks NHL 7 1 3 4 4
1995–96 Colorado Avalanche NHL 66 13 37 50 50 22 5 14 19 16
1996–97 Colorado Avalanche NHL 80 23 45 68 88 17 4 13 17 24
1997–98 Colorado Avalanche NHL 66 13 38 51 65 7 0 7 7 14
1998–99 Colorado Avalanche NHL 39 7 25 32 22 19 4 8 12 22
1999–00 Colorado Avalanche NHL 82 16 36 52 46 17 5 5 10 20
2000–01 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 72 12 32 44 71 6 0 2 2 5
2001–02 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 46 4 19 23 34
2001–02 Florida Panthers NHL 37 10 19 29 24
2002–03 Florida Panthers NHL 51 7 19 26 40
2002–03 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 31 5 13 18 16 21 2 6 8 10
2003–04 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 36 5 11 16 24
2005–06 Mighty Ducks of Anaheim NHL 17 3 3 6 8
2005–06 New York Rangers NHL 14 2 10 12 12 3 0 0 0 6
2006–07 New York Rangers NHL 21 0 3 3 8
2007–08 San Jose Sharks NHL 38 3 13 16 24
NHL Totals 875 167 397 564 638 137 23 67 90 131

International play

   
Year Team League GP G A Pts PIM
1991 USSR World Junior Championship Div. A 7 1 2 3 6
1992 USSR/CIS1 World Junior Championship Div. A 7 1 5 6 4
2001 Latvia World Championship Div. A 6 0 5 5 2
2002 Latvia Olympic Games 1 0 4 4 0
2002 Latvia World Championship Div. A 6 2 1 3 12
2005 Latvia Olympic Qualification 3 0 1 1 4
2006 Latvia Olympic Games 5 1 3 4 2

1 - during the tournament USSR broke up and team was recalled as CIS national team, but Ozolinsh and Sergei Zholtok were from Latvia, which wasn't member of CIS so some other teams protested, but the protest was denied.

Awards

References

External links

  • Ozo Golf Club - In English and Latvian
  • http://www.tvnet.lv/zinas/latvija/article.php?id=83247

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