Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Krzysztof Oliwa
Krzysztof Oliwa was born April 12 in Tychy, Poland. The 4th choice, 65th overall selection of the New Jersey Devils in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft, Oliwa came to North America in 1992-93 after spending the previous two years in Poland with GKS Katowski and GKS Tychy while suiting up for Poland's World Junior Championship 'B' Pool team in 1992.

Upon his arrival in North America, the Tychy, Poland native joined the Ontario Junior 'B' Hockey League's Welland Cougars before splitting his 1993-94 season with the AHL's Albany River Rats and the ECHL's Raleigh IceCaps. At 6'5" and 235 lbs. Oliwa is an imposing player on the ice. Not known for his offensive capabilities, Oliwa is a role player who uses his size to create open space out on the ice for his linemates.

In 1994-95 Oliwa split his season with stops in Albany and Saint John of the AHL, Detroit of the IHL and Raleigh of the ECHL before splitting his 1995-96 season with Albany and Raleigh. After two seasons in the minors with four different teams, Oliwa made his NHL debut with the Devils during the 1996-97 season. Although he spent the majority of the season with the team's AHL affiliate in Albany, Oliwa managed to play one game with the Devils during the season before earning a regular spot on the Devils roster the following year.

Oliwa went on to play three more seasons with the Devils, leading the team each year in penalty minutes while scoring 13 goals and adding 20 assists for 33 points before he was dealt to the Columbus Blue Jackets in the summer of 2000. After only ten games with Columbus during the 2000-01 season, the Pittsburgh Penguins acquired the robuste winger where he spent parts of two seasons before landing on Broadway with the New York Rangers in 2002-03. Oliwa spent most his time with the team's AHL affiliate in Hartford before he was acquired by the Boston Bruins early in the early stages of the season.

In the summer of 2003, Oliwa was acquired by the Calgary Flames and played a key role in the team's run to the Stanley Cup final. After only one season with the Flames, Oliwa was re-acquired by the New Jersey Devils in the summer of 2004.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1990-91 GKS Katowski Jr. Poland-Jr. 5 4 4 8 10
1991-92 GKS Tychy Poland 10 3 7 10 6
1991-92 Poland WJC-B 6 1 1 2 14
1992-93 Welland Flames ON-Jr.B 30 13 21 34 127
1993-94 Albany River Rats AHL 33 2 4 6 151
1993-94 Raleigh IceCaps ECHL 15 0 2 2 65 9 0 0 0 35
1994-95 Albany River Rats AHL 20 1 1 2 77
1994-95 Saint John Flames AHL 14 1 4 5 79
1994-95 Raleigh IceCaps ECHL 5 0 2 2 32
1994-95 Detroit Vipers IHL 4 0 1 1 24
1995-96 Albany River Rats AHL 51 5 11 16 217
1995-96 Raleigh IceCaps ECHL 9 1 0 1 53
1996-97 New Jersey Devils NHL 1 0 0 0 5 -1
1996-97 Albany River Rats AHL 60 13 14 27 322 15 7 1 8 49
1997-98 New Jersey Devils NHL 73 2 3 5 295 +3 6 0 0 0 23
1998-99 New Jersey Devils NHL 64 5 7 12 240 +4 1 0 0 0 2
1999-00 New Jersey Devils NHL 69 6 10 16 184 -2
2000-01 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 10 0 2 2 34 +1
2000-01 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 26 1 2 3 131 -4 5 0 0 0 16
2001-02 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 57 0 2 2 150 -5
2001-02 Poland WC-A 6 1 2 3 22 -2
2002-03 New York Rangers NHL 9 0 0 0 51 +1
2002-03 Hartford Wolf Pack AHL 15 0 1 1 30 -7
2002-03 Boston Bruins NHL 33 0 0 0 110 -4
2003-04 Calgary Flames NHL 65 3 2 5 247 -8 20 2 0 2 6
2004-05 Wojas-Podhale Nowy Targ Poland 2 0 0 0 12
2004-05 Poland Oly-PQ 3 1 1 2 4 +1
2004-05 Poland Oly-Q 3 0 0 0 30 -1
2005-06 New Jersey Devils NHL 3 0 0 0 0 -2
NHL Totals 410 17 28 45 1447 32 2 0 2 47


Born Krzystof Graboski Traded to Columbus by New Jersey with future considerations (Deron Quint, June 23, 2000) for Columbus' 3rd round pick (Brandon Nolan) in 2001 NHL Draft and future considerations (Turner Stevenson, June 23, 2000), June 12, 2000.
Missed majority of 2000-01 due to arm injury vs. Detroit, October 28, 2000. Traded to Pittsburgh by Columbus for San Jose's 3rd round pick (previously acquired, Columbus selected Aaron Johnson) in 2001 NHL Draft, January 14, 2001. Traded to NY Rangers by Pittsburgh for NY Rangers' 9th round pick (later traded to Tampa Bay - Tampa Bay selected Albert Vishnyakov) in 2003 NHL Draft, June 23, 2002. Traded to Boston by NY Rangers for Boston's 9th round pick (later traded to San Jose - San Jose selected Brian Mahoney-Wilson) in 2004 NHL Draft, January 6, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Calgary, July 30, 2003. Signed as a free agent by New Jersey, July 15, 2004. Signed as a free agent by Nowy Targ (Poland), October 1, 2004.
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