Colorado's Kolesnik to play for Kazakhstan in Turin

Updated: December 22, 2005, 12:04 AM ET
Associated Press

DENVER -- Colorado Avalanche goalie Vitaly Kolesnik was named Wednesday to the Kazakhstan Olympic ice hockey team for the Winter Games in Turin, Italy.

Kolesnik, 26, has a 3-3-0 record with a 2.99 goals-against average and a .897 save percentage with the Avalanche since being recalled from Lowell of the American Hockey League on Dec. 6.

Kolesnik will make his first appearance at the Olympic Games. He has been a member of the Kazakhstan national team since 1999.

The Turin games will be in February.

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