In Monday, 7th November Denver, Colorado before game between Colorado Avalanche and Minnesota Wild was held Colorado Avalanche 20th anniversary season team ceremony. Colorado Avalanche 20th season anniversary team roster was chosen by fan vote. Between chosen 12 forwards, 6 deference man and 2 goalies was Sandis Ozolinsh.
At the start of the 1995–96 season, San Jose Sharks traded Sandis Ozolinsh for Colorado Avalanche forward Owen Nolan. In 66 regular season games in that season Sandis Ozolinsh scored 50 points (13+37). Colorado Avalanche won their first Stanley Cup and Sandis Ozolinsh in 22 playoff games scored 19 points (5+14).
1996-97 season Colorado Avalanche won the Presidents' Trophy and Sandis Ozolinsh scored his career high 68 points (23+45) and stayed second in league after Brian Leetch (New York Rangers) who scored 78 points (20+58). Sandis Ozolinsh finished 3rd in votes for the "Norris Trophy which is awarded annually to the National Hockey League's (NHL) top "defense player who demonstrates throughout the season the greatest all-round ability in the position". (1) In the regular season he scored a career-high 68 points, second in the league for defense man after Brian Leetch.
In 1999-2000 season Sandis Ozolinsh scored his first of the two hat tricks, it happened in December 6th, 1999 game against Vancouver Cannucks. And this was his last season in Colorado Avalanche Ozoliņš in which he made $4 million as third-highest paid player.
During the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Sandis Ozolinsh was traded to the Carolina Hurricanes for Nolan Pratt and draft picks that became Václav Nedorost, Jared Aulin, and Agris Saviels. After expiration of the Colorado Avalanche deal, he signed a five-year contract with Carolina Hurricanes worth more than $25 million. "When you have a player like Sandis Ozolinsh, you're willing to spend the money," general manager Jim Rutherford said. Sandis Ozolinsh didn't help Carolina Hurricanes to advance in the playoffs, and played just one and a half seasons with Carolina before being traded to the Florida Panthers.(2)
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Sandis Ozolinsh rank in team and league by points while playing in Colorado Avalanche.
Colorado Avalanche team records and facts:(3)
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Title image - Avalanche 20th Anniversary Team - Monday, Dec. 7, against the Minnesota Wild. Fans selected the 20-member squad earlier in the year as part of the organization's 20th Anniversary Season. (Photos: Michael Martin).
1 - http://www.nhl.com/ice/page.htm?id=24942
2 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandis_Ozoli%C5%86%C5%A1#National_Hockey_League
3 - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sandis_Ozoli%C5%86%C5%A1#Colorado_Avalanche_records
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