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Vitaliy Kolesnik
Men's Hockey Date Final rank
Men's Hockey 2/15, 11:35am 9

Country: Kazahkstan

Age: 26

Date of Birth: Aug. 20, 1979

Birthplace: Ust-Kamenogorsk, USSR

Height: 6-3

Weight: 198

Position: Goaltender

Catches: Left

Team: Colorado Avalanche

Years in League: 1

College: none.

Previous Olympics: none.

Drafted: Signed as a free agent by Colorado, Aug. 16, 2005.

NHL career highlights: Made NHL debut Dec. 7, 2005, stopping 20 shots in Colorado's 4-1 win over the Boston; was 10-8-0 at Lowell of the American Hockey League with a 2.80 goals-against average, .916 save percentage and two shutouts; allowed three goals or less in four of his first six NHL starts.

Other career highlights: Has been top goaltender for Kazahkstan National team since 1999; was third among goaltenders at 2005 World Championships in Austria with .952 save percentage; had 1.77 GAA in 102 games with Ust-Kamenogorsk of the Russian league from 2002-05.

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