|Krzysztof Artur Graboski/Oliwa
Height: 6' 5", Weight: 245 pounds
Born: 4.12.73 Tychy, Poland
|How he arrived: Via Entry Draft
How he left: Traded to the Columbus Blue Jackets with future considerations for Blue Jackets' 3rd
round pick in the 2001 E.D. and future considerations, 6.12.00
How he returned: Signed as a free agent from the Calgary Flames, 7.15.04
How he left again: Retired after the 05-06 season
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
I think Oliwa was the biggest player that the Devils ever had, if memory serves correctly. (You'd be technically correct
if you're saying Olli Malmivaara, but he also wasn't a regular in the NHL.) He knew how to use his size, too. He often
times created a lot of open space for his teammates.
But "The Polish Hammer" is best known for being a fighter. No Devil has ever had a 300 PIM season, but he came the
closest in 97-98.
He missed out on playing in any playoff games during the Stanley Cup run, but he still got his name on it for having
played enough regular season games.
After leaving the Devils, he would play for 6 different teams, and that includes returning to the Devils for 3 games in
05-06. He was actually waived during that season, but chose not to report to Albany and (I'm assuming) was suspended
by the team. He opted to retire after the season was over.
He took over as the headman of the Polish National Hockey program after retirement, but that only lasted a year.
Yeah, I'm alluding to him assaulting his girlfriend at the time.
He did get another coaching job in 2014, that for the Kalkaska Rhinos junior team, a USHL Tier 3 team in Michigan.
With it, he was also named the team's GM.
|Entry Draft: 1993 Third Round Pick (65th overall) by the
New Jersey Devils
|Playoff Statistics with the Franchise