Friday, December 11, 2009

Mark Kolanos signs with the Brahmas

Former Arizona Sundog joins roster today

The Texas Brahmas signed forward Mark Kolanos today. Kolanos, 25, was acquired in a trade with the Arizona Sundogs on December 2nd that sent Jason Reese South in exchange for Scott Thauwald. Kolanos’ rights were exchanged for those of inactive Brahmas goalie David Cacciola.

Kolanos, a native of Calgary, Alberta, played three years of NCAA hockey with the University of New Hampshire. During his four years with the Wildcats, he tallied 10 points (5 G, 5 A) and 26 penalty minutes.

Signing with the Arizona Sundogs for his rookie pro season, Kolanos started all 64 regular season games and posted 62 points (31 G, 31 A, +2) and 64 penalty minutes. This included 26 points (10 G, 16 A) on the power play, one short-handed goal and four game-winning goals. During the playoff run that led to the 2008 Ray Miron President’s Cup Championship win, he scored 14 points (6 G, 8 A) with 16 penalty minutes in 17 games. Not a bad first season!

Last year, Kolanos tallied 46 points (20 G, 26 A, -6) and 50 penalty minutes in 60 games played. This included 19 points (9 G, 10 A) on the power play and two game winning goals.

He is the younger brother of center Krys Kolanos who plays for the Adirondack Phantoms (AHL). He has also played 136 games in the NHL with the Phoenix Coyotes, Edmonton Oilers and Minnesota Wild

The Brahmas (11-9-3, 25 points) will take on the Sundogs (6-12-2, 14 points) tonight at the NYTEX sports Centre. Kolanos is listed on the roster.

Photo Credit: Robert Keith

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