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C/LW Steve Konowalchuk



Quote:
Originally Posted by Pelletier
Steve Konowalchuk was one of those rare elite role players that was impossible for any hockey fan not to admire.

Konowalchuk was equal parts of heart and intelligence. He was a courageous digger and mucker, working hard for every goal and every win, using every ounce energy on every shift. Yet his understanding of the game made him a brilliant player in his own right. He was a defensive genius, a regular on the PK especially when 2 men down.

He was an impact player, knowing when to change the pace of a game with an energy shift or a big hit. Simply put, he was a coach's dream - great character, great work ethic and a complete team player. His offensive game was anything but fancy and his totals never grand, but there was not a coach in the league who would not take Steve Konowalchuk exactly as he was.

Best known as a long time Washington Capital, Konowalchuk finished his career with the Colorado Avalanche. His career ended in a bitter form of irony. This heart and soul player was forced off the ice by doctors after a rare heart disorder named QT syndrome was discovered.

The Salt Lake City-born Konowalchuk totaled 171 goals and 225 assists in 790 NHL games. He also played for the U.S.A in two World Cups and two World Championships.
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Originally Posted by Colorado GM Pierre Lecroix
"Steve Konowalchuk was a key acquisition for us last season," said Avalanche president and general manager Pierre Lacroix. "Steve played extremely well for us last season, but on top of that he is a true leader and warrior on the ice."
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Originally Posted by Washington Post, Dec 9th, 2003
[Steve Konowalchuk] is prospering. He has become a vital cog with a first- place club, playing on a top line with stars Joe Sakic and Teemu Selanne.
Statistics:
Regular Season:
790 games played, 171G, 225A, 396PTS, 703PIMs
3rd in short handed goals in 1994-95 season

Playoffs:
52 games played, 9 goals, 12 assists, 21 points, 60PIMs

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