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Kolzig Proud of Ams Franchise

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KENNEWICK, Wash. - Amercian's Co-owner Olaf Kolzig didn't have a great end to his NHL season, but he's now taking an interest in the WHL Western Conference Playoffs.

WIth his Washington Capitals eliminated by the Flyers, Kolzig was in attendance Saturday night at the Toyota Center. He witnessed a sold-out crowd cheering on the Ams in the Western Conference Finals Game 5 loss to Spokane.

"I just came from a Game Seven, and this was just as fun." he said. "I was on the edge of my seat."

Kolzig is one of the co-owners of the team. Co-owner Stu Barnes (now with the Dallas Stars) and Kolzig both played for the Americans early in their careers. Kolzig can't believe the level of support the tam is now receiving.

"Bob Tory has done a great job. It's a roster full of talent. It's a team that seems to care for one another. A team that the community seems to care for and that hasn't always been the case. We're trying to make it a very professional atmosphere here and the guys have really responded. Stu and I couldn't be prouder."

Kolzig was benched by Washington late in the playoffs in favor of goalie Christobal Huet. That has fueled specualtion he won't return to the Capitals' net next season.

"That remains to be seen. I'm gonna take some time off and refelct on the season and mak a decision when I'm ready to make a decision."