Chad Kolarik, who split the past season between the Connecticut Whale and Wilkes-Barre Scranton Penguins, has signed with Linköping in the Swedish Hockey League.

Kolarik was drafted 199th overall in the 2004 NHL Entry Draft by the Phoenix Coyotes After completing his senior year with the Michigan Wolverines in the 2007–08 season, Chad then signed a three-year entry-level contract with the Coyotes on April 13, 2008. He was then assigned to affiliate, the San Antonio Rampage of the AHL for the Calder Cup playoffs. On March 3, 2010, Kolarik was traded from the Coyotes to the Columbus Blue Jackets in exchange for Alexandre Picard. He made his NHL debut for the Blue Jackets on April 5, 2010 against the St. Louis Blues. On November 11, 2010, Kolarik was traded from the Blue Jackets to the New York Rangers in exchange for Dane Byers. He was expected to stick with the Rangers full-time the next season, but tore his ACL in training camp and missed the entire year.

The Pittsburgh Penguins acquired Kolarik from the New York Rangers in exchange for Benn Ferriero in January of 2013 and was assigned to the baby Penguins of the AHL. After 35 points in 41 games with the Whale before the trade, Kolarik managed to record another 33 points for a total of 68 on the season.

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Steven took a different route towards his hockey interests. Starting out as a big Habs fan, he started to gravitate towards the more obscure levels of hockey, such as the low level tournaments in Asia, strange club matches between teams most people in North America can’t pronounce, and even some 3am contests between Bulgaria and New Zealand. Aside from his love for strange hockey events, Steven occasionally acts as a mediocre ball hockey goalie following a failed attempt at making it to the NHL as a fourth line house league grinder. Beyond hockey, Steven is an avid racing fan and loves to chat about NASCAR, F1, Indycar, you name it. Oh, and don’t get him started on music. That is, unless you want the whole history of metal and a guitar lesson. Currently, Steven is a credentialed media member with the Mississauga Steelheads of the OHL, as well as with the Oakville Blades of the OJHL. Steven has also hosted the television show "The Hockey House" on TVCogeco in Ontario, as well as a segment under the same with on LeafsTV in Toronto. Home page: http://www.thehockeyhouse.net

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