Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Carlo Colaiacovo
Carlo Colaiacovo was born January 27, 1983 in Toronto, Ontario. The first round, 17th overall selection of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Colaiacovo is an offensively gifted defenseman who was instrumental in leading the OHL's Erie Otters to the 2002 OHL Championships and a birth in the 2002 Memorial Cup tournament.

A two-time member of Canada's World Junior Team (2002-2003), Colaiacovo impressed many at the Maple Leaf camp in 2002 and head coach/general Manager Pat Quinn would reward him for his solid play during the pre-season and gave him an opportunity to play in two games with the team before deciding to send him back to his junior team in Erie.

In each of his first three seasons with the Otters, Colaiacovo has seen his offensive numbers increase each year and finished his junior career with 126 points (33-93-126) in 219 games.

Following a strong junior career, Colaiacovo spent the majority of his first two full professional season with the Leafs AHL affiliate in St. John's and Toronto, while seeing limited action with the parent club. The hard hitting defenceman would finally crack the Leaf line-up in 2005-06 only to suffer a season ending head injury in January of 2006.

The injury plagued Colaiacovo appeared in only 28 games of the 2007-08 season due to a strain of injuries to his knee and groin. He returned to training camp relatively healthy the following season but suffered a minor ankle injury early into November 2008. Shortly after, the Leafs traded the fragile defenceman and forward Alexander Steen to the St. Louis Blues for Lee Stempniak.

Colaiacovo played four seasons with the St. Louis Blues until he left as an unrestricted free agent to join the Detroit Red Wings on September 12, 2012. He only spent one season with the Red Wings as they bought him out of his second year of his contract.

After his time with the Red Wings, Colaiacovo signed a sereies of one year contracts. For the 2013-14 season, he would return to St. Louis, for the 2014-15 season he signed a one year deal with the Philadelphia Flyers, and prior to the 2015-16 season he signed a one year deal with the Buffalo Sabres.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1998-99 Mississauga Reps GTHL 44 10 12 23 28
1999-00 Erie Otters OHL 52 4 18 22 12 +7 13 2 4 6 9
2000-01 Erie Otters OHL 62 12 27 39 59 +46 14 4 7 11 16
2001-02 Erie Otters OHL 60 13 27 40 49 +31 21 7 10 17 20
2001-02 Canada WJC-A 7 0 3 3 2 +9
2001-02 Erie Otters M-Cup 4 0 2 2 6
2002-03 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 2 0 1 1 0 0
2002-03 Erie Otters OHL 35 14 21 35 12 -12
2002-03 Canada WJC-A 6 1 9 10 2 -1
2003-04 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 2 0 1 1 2 +1
2003-04 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 62 6 25 31 50 -15
2004-05 St. John's Maple Leafs AHL 49 4 20 24 59 +9 5 0 1 1 2
2005-06 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 21 2 5 7 17 0
2005-06 Toronto Marlies AHL 14 5 6 11 14 -3
2006-07 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 48 8 9 17 22 +5
2006-07 Toronto Marlies AHL 5 1 5 6 4 +5
2007-08 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 28 2 4 6 10 -4
2007-08 Toronto Marlies AHL 2 0 0 0 0 +2
2008-09 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 10 0 1 1 6 -2
2008-09 St. Louis Blues NHL 63 3 26 29 29 +2 4 0 0 0 2
2009-10 St. Louis Blues NHL 67 7 25 32 60 +8
2010-11 St. Louis Blues NHL 65 6 20 26 23 -4
2010-11 Canada WC-A 5 0 0 0 0 0
2011-12 St. Louis Blues NHL 64 2 17 19 22 +7 7 0 3 3 16
2012-13 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 2 0 0 0 0 0
2012-13 Detroit Red Wings NHL 6 0 1 1 2 -4 9 0 1 1 2
2013-14 St. Louis Blues NHL 25 1 3 4 18 -4
2014-15 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 33 2 6 8 10 0
2015-16 Buffalo Sabres NHL 36 1 4 5 10 -11
2016-17 Adler Mannheim Germany 27 8 16 24 28 6 1 2 3 2
NHL Totals 470 34 123 157 231 20 0 4 4 20


OHL Second All-Star Team (2002, 2003) Missed remainder of 2005-06 due to head injury at Ottawa, January 23, 2006. Missed majority of 2007-08 due to knee surgery, April 29, 2007. Traded to St. Louis by Toronto with Alexander Steen for Lee Stempniak, November 24, 2008. Signed as a free agent by Detroit, September 14, 2012. Missed majority of 2012-13 due to recurring shoulder injury and as a healthy reserve. Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, November 12, 2013. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, October 30, 2014. Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, July 3, 2015. Missed majority of 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16 as a healthy reserve. Signed as a free agent by Mannheim (Germany), November 26, 2016.
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