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Born August 20, 1979 (1979-08-20) (age 30),
Ust-Kamenogorsk, Kazakh SSR, SU
6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)
198 lb (90 kg; 14 st 2 lb)
Position Goaltender
Catches Left
KHL team
F. teams
Salavat Yulaev Ufa
Colorado Avalanche
Ntl. team  Kazakhstan
Career 1998 – present

Vitaly Kolesnik (born on August 20, 1979) is a professional ice hockey goalie currently playing for Salavat Yulaev Ufa of the Kontinental Hockey League

Playing Career

The 6'2", 198 pound ice hockey goalie was signed as a free agent by the Colorado Avalanche on August 16, 2005. Unlike the vast majority of NHL players, he was never drafted.

He played for the Avalanche's minor league hockey team, the Lake Erie Monsters, where he logged a 2.80 goals against average and a .916 save percentage with a pair of shutouts. His first game played with the Colorado Avalanche was on December 7, 2005 in which they beat the Boston Bruins 4–1. On December 28, 2005, the Colorado Avalanche announced that Kolesnik was being sent back to Lake Erie, after starting 7 NHL games, going 3–3–0, with a 3.29 goals against average, and a .887 save percentage. Earlier in the week, on December 21, it was announced that Kolesnik was selected to represent his home country of Kazakhstan in the 2006 Turin Olympics.

Kolesnik was recalled by the Avalanche on March 9, 2006 to dress as a backup to Peter Budaj. Kolesnik finished the season with Colorado, appearing in eight games.

For the 2006–07 season, Kolesnik left North America to play for Mytishi Khimik in the Russian Elite League. On 28 April 2009 left Mytishi Khimik and signed with League rival Avangard Omsk. After only three months joins to Salavat Yulaev Ufa and signed an three years contract.


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