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The house that hockey built

Former National Hockey League goalie Olaf Kolzig and his wife are selling their 15,260-square-foot home in Badger Canyon. The backyard area includes an outdoor kitchen, complete with grill, sink, fridge and TV, as well as a swimming pool, hot tub and area for entertaining.
Former National Hockey League goalie Olaf Kolzig and his wife are selling their 15,260-square-foot home in Badger Canyon. The backyard area includes an outdoor kitchen, complete with grill, sink, fridge and TV, as well as a swimming pool, hot tub and area for entertaining. Photo courtesy Carl Bortolami

Got $2.9 million? Then you could buy the Tri-City home of a former National Hockey League goalie. Olaf Kolzig’s Mediterranean-style mansion comes with 90 acres, a commanding view of Badger Canyon and a mere 11 bathrooms, six fireplaces, home theater and 1,000-bottle wine room.

The 15,260-square-foot home stands alone on a hill in the canyon west of Kennewick.

Kolzig, who played for the Tri-City Americans before a lengthy NHL career — mostly with the Washington Capitals — said he and his wife Christin built the house as their “forever home.”

But that’s before the Capitals hired him last year to work with their goaltenders. They now live in St. Petersburg, Fla.

“We said this is where we are going to make our home — our dream home,” Kolzig said. “The job offer came from Washington, and it was a chance to get back in the game. The time change from here to there was hard. It made sense to move back to the East Coast, and we enjoy living in Florida. It doesn’t make sense for us to keep this as a summer place.”

But with only a handful of Tri-City homes valued in the multimillion-dollar range, finding a buyer has been challenging.

Two weeks ago, the Kolzigs lowered their asking price from $4.1 million after it had been on the market about a year.

“We are losing money on it, but we know we overbuilt for the area,” he said. “We lowered the price hoping to attract more buyers.”

The home, built by Zeigler Construction of Pasco, features four main bedrooms, his and her offices, a sports bar, home gym, media room and in-law suite. And it’s fully automated with climate control, surround sound and security cameras throughout the property.

Two garages can shelter eight vehicles — four in an attached garage and four in a detached garage which also includes a small apartment.

Construction on the home began in 2004, and the Kolzigs have lived there on and off for seven years.

The Kolzigs still own other land in the Tri-Cities and said they plan to build again, but on a smaller scale. “We have five acres just down from the house,” said Kolzig, a co-owner of the Americans since 2005. “The next one will be smaller. Even our kids think this one is too big. It was the long journey they had to take from their bedrooms to the kitchen.”

Brazen Sotheby’s International Realty in Bellevue, which handles million-dollar properties on a daily basis, is marketing the home.

The average home price in the Tri-Cities is about $202,000, said John Mower of Windermere Tri-Cities.

Kolzig explained, “When we built it, we built it to live in. We did a little overkill on certain things. In hindsight, we would have done it smaller, but at the same time, we wanted to make it homey.”

Surrounded by a beautifully landscaped lawn and the nearest neighbor a few acres away, the home is a sight to behold as you wind your way from the security gate up the 600-foot driveway — the length of three hockey rinks.

At the top of the driveway is a large portico, leading to an elegant double front door of oak and leaded glass. Push the doorbell and the owners can see who is at the front door using one of the many monitors throughout the home.

The grand entryway greets guests with beautiful travertine tile floors, 20-foot ceilings and an impressive 6-foot wrought iron and crystal chandelier that would tempt Tarzan to take a swing.

To the right of the door is a baby grand piano where their young kids regularly pound out unrecognizable tunes. To the left is Olie’s office, and straight ahead is the great room.

The space includes a large TV, a comfy sectional and chairs, and beautiful views of the back yard, patio and pool.

The great room leads into a gourmet kitchen complete with top-end appliances including a Sub-Zero refrigerator, a Wolf six-burner gas stove with double ovens, two islands, yards of granite countertops and a breakfast area.

On those cold winter mornings when you wander down to the kitchen for a cup of coffee, the heated tile floor will keep your feet warm.

Off the kitchen is a formal dining room and sitting area. If you wind your way around the main floor, you come to a home gym, media room, the first of two laundry areas, the kid’s play room and eventually the sports bar.

Complete with a fireplace, two TVs and a large bar, the sports room also features memorabilia from Kolzig’s playing days — from the Americans to the Capitals to the Olympics, where he competed for Germany in 1998 and 2006.

“That is my favorite room,” Kolzig said. “That and the wine room — more inventory gets taken out of there than gets put in.”

The media room, complete with a 110-inch screen, has theater seating for seven. And the home gym shows off a panoramic view of the valley and has its own bathroom.

The bedroom wing holds the 2,000-square-foot master suite. The bedroom has two sitting areas, views and access to the back patio and pool, and two stunning chandeliers.

The master bath also has heated tile floors, his and her sinks with granite countertops, a large walk-in shower, jetted tub, two closets and the second laundry room.

The children’s rooms were created to suit each child’s interests and decorated with murals by Tri-City artist Lisa Day. Each suite also has a bathroom and walk-in closet.

The boy’s room has a train theme, which continues in the bathroom with custom tiles.

One of the girl’s rooms has a horse-inspired decor, while the other is fit for a princess.

The in-law suite has an open-concept living room/kitchen, a bathroom, bedroom and a terrace.

The wine cellar on the lower level has a gathering space, but the wine room itself is a showpiece.

Wine storage lines the room in rich, dark wood, and each bottle is labeled and tracked using a state-of-the-art computer system.

Wines can be sorted by variety, region and by which vintages are ready to drink and which need more time on the shelf.

The home is not being sold furnished, which goes for the wine, as well.

“The price is for the house,” Kolzig said. “If there is something someone wants, we can negotiate.”

The backyard features an outdoor kitchen, complete with grill, sink, fridge and TV next to the in-ground pool. And the covered patio offers plenty of seating areas for entertaining.

There’s also a hot tub and the yard features a play area for the kids.

The pool even has an automated safety cover, so that if a child or pet falls onto the pool cover, they won’t sink.

“This wasn’t an easy decision,” Kolzig said of selling the home. “But we can’t have it sit empty.”

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