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.
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.
He signed a one-year contract with the Sharks on November 2, 2007 and scored 3 goals and gave 13 assists in 38 games.
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|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||—||—||—||—||—|
|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||World Championship Div. A||6||2||1||3||12|
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.