Posted by: Adventures in Pucking | February 12, 2012

Man of the Day 2/12: Carlo Colaiacovo

Carlo Colaiacovo

Born January 27, 1983 (age 29) in Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Defenseman for the St. Louis Blues

The way we pick a MotD varies: sometimes it’s because of stellar play in a game, sometimes they’re our favorites, sometimes they’re on hockey cards. This time, it’s the name alone that’s intrigued me. Carlo himself is intriguing – he has an identical twin brother, Paulo, who is a goaltender in the IHL! Carlo came to the NHL via the OHL and the Erie Otters, and he was picked in the 2001 draft by the Toronto Maple Leafs. While bouncing between the Otters, the St. John Maple Leafs (now the Marlies) and the Big Leafs, he scored his first NHL goal in November 2005 against the Washington Capitals.

Carlo and Alex Pietroangelo in a sweet bromance.

Carlo has a penchant for being rather injury-prone. In the same season that he scored his first NHL goal, he missed a hipcheck in a game against the Ottawa Senators and launched himself head-first into the boards. He was carted off in a stretcher, and the resulting concussion ended his season.  The next season, he injured his hand and needed knee surgery. In 2008, he was traded to the St. Louis Blues for Lee Stempniak, and between the Leafs and the Blues he had 30 points for the season. Since then he’s been steady in points…and with the injuries (two so far this season). Let’s hope he can stay healthy for the rest of the season.

Chris Stewart, Carlo and David Backes - that's a good-looking autograph table.

– Krista

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