A Sort of Homecoming

The final five minutes of this eight-and-a-half-minute reminiscence of Hall of Fame netminder Eddie Giacomin are devoted to Giacomin’s heart-wrenching departure, at age 36, from the only NHL team he’d known, the New York Rangers, to Detroit. If on this odd afternoon of very mixed emotions you find striking parallels between Giacomin’s circumstances some 30 years ago and Olie Kolzig’s in D.C. today, that’s because there are.

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4 Responses to A Sort of Homecoming

  1. vt caps fan says:

    That was an awesome story. I hope we Caps fans, show that same kind of class for Olie tonight.

  2. Paint Drinking Pete says:

    My apologies if this has been previously mentioned, but I heard rumor that there will be a video tribute to Kolzig during the first commercial break this evening.
    The classy thing to do, of course, is to applaud Olie for all his former years as a Captial and everything he’s done on and off the ice while part of the organization. Once that is done, however, it’s time to get down to business and win the game–no time to dwell on the past. You’ll get the same treatment from us (the fans) as any other opposing netminder gets.

  3. KK says:

    For those of us who were here for over 10 years of the one and only Olaf Kolzig, we will be cheering. The entire game. I know I will. There is plenty of time to beat Tampa Bay, but tonight is to welcome Olie back and watch some good hockey.

  4. pepper says:

    Excellent connection.
    As a detached TV observer of tonight’s game, I was happy to see Olie lit up early, and felt nothing but the elation which accompanies a Caps lead.
    But someday, when I see Kolzig play in person again, and when he eventually announces his retirement, I will undoubtedly be moved much more than I’d like to allow or admit.

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