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Krys Kolanos: a moment in time

Our countdown to the preseason opener continues today with the 34th pick in franchise history after moving to the desert and his contribution to Coyote lore.

Patrick Roy, still trying to figure out where that shot went.
Patrick Roy, still trying to figure out where that shot went.
Bruce Bennett

The Arizona Coyotes have not had a good track record in drafting forwards since moving to the Southwest from Winnipeg. As an illustration, the final first round pick the team made in Winnipeg was Shane Doan, who has had just a decent little NHL career with 354 goals, 508 assists and 862 points in 18 seasons. Since moving to Arizona, all other forwards drafted by the Coyotes have combined for a total of 1040 goals, 1451 assists and 2491 points.

That may seem like a lot, but over the course of 17 drafts, that works out to a paltry average of 61 goals, 85 assists and 146 points per draft class with the majority of that production coming from seven players: Daniel Briere (24th overall in the '96 draft), Trevor Letowski (174th overall in '96), Blake Wheeler (5th overall in '04), Daniel Winnik (265th overall in '04, an amazing value pick and also a wearer of number 34), Martin Hanzal (17th overall in '05), Kyle Turris (3rd overall in '07) and Mikkel Boedker (8th overall in '08).

One of those draft picks is the focus of today's countdown. Krys Kolanos was the 19th overall pick in the 2000 NHL entry draft, which made him the 34th pick the Phoenix Coyotes had made since the move from Canada. The Calgary, Alberta native was an impact player for Boston College, scoring the Frozen Four Championship winning goal in overtime in 2001.

Kolanos followed his amateur career heroics by joining the Coyotes during the 2001-02 season. He was off to a good start in his NHL career before being crushed from behind by then Buffalo Sabre Vaclav Varada. Kolanos suffered a concussion and his career was never quite the same after.

Kolanos only played in 109 games with the Coyotes, tallying 17 goals, 18 assists and 35 points. Not inspiring totals from a 1st round pick, but he did provide arguably the greatest single on ice moment in Coyote history.

On Mar. 31, 2002 the Coyotes were engaged in a battle with the Colorado Avalanche. Tied 3-3 in the third, Kolanos was granted a penalty shot at the 8:20 mark of the period. Skating straight down the middle of the ice, number 36 ripped a shot into the top right corner of the net over NHL Hall of Famer Patrick Roy's glove.

An incensed Roy would immediately throw his stick in the direction of the referee and skate towards him, gesticulating angrily. The ironically nicknamed St. Patrick would be tossed from the game, drawing a two minute minor for throwing his stick, a 10 minute misconduct and a game misconduct for a grand total of 22 minutes for a full fledged meltdown. The Coyotes would go on to win the game 5-3, but all that is remembered is the goal and the hissyfit.

Relive this moment in all its glory:


The 34th draft pick in Coyote history didn't have a storied NHL career, but he will never be forgotten by Coyotes fans.