Former NHL Goaltender and Americans Owner Olie Kolzig Works With Ams Goaltenders
KENNEWICK, Wash. -- Former NHL netminder and current owner of the Tri-City Americans Olie Kolzig coached up his current Ams goalies Monday.
He put starting netminder Drew Owsley and rookie Chris Driedger through some drills.
With Olie living in the Tri-Cities full time now, he plans to help out the Ams netminders more often.
We had a chance to talk to Olie after his quick workout with the Ams goatlending duo.
"They've played pretty well over the course of the last three weeks, but it's always good to just refresh," said Kolzig. "And like I said, you can never practice that stuff enough. It becomes secondary in a game and before you know you'll be getting from one end of the net to the other a lot quicker and you'll be making saves you know, maybe you couldn't make earlier."
"I mean it's huge," said Owsley. "He was a good goalie in the NHL. Any tips or pointers I can take, I'm gonna take them. You know it's always good when he's around. I enjoy it."
"This is my first real goalie coach during a season for a team," said Driedger. "Before in midget and the younger levels, you just have some schmuck goalie coach that doesn't actually know anything about being a goalie. Olie is probably one of the most knowledgeable guys out there."