|BIRTHPLACE:||Burnaby, BC, CAN|
|DRAFTED:||COL: 2008-140 overall|
Appeared in 32 games for the Avalanche, tallying six points (4g/2a)…Dressed in each of the first 16 games, Jan. 19 to Feb. 23…Had an assist in the season opener at Minnesota on Jan. 19…Tied his career high with two points (1g/1a) and was a career-best +3 on March 20 vs. Dallas…Prior to the NHL season, Olver skated in 36 games for Lake Erie of the American Hockey League, earning 22 points (6g/16a).
2011-12: Appeared in each of the last 24 games for Colorado after being recalled from Lake Erie (AHL) on Feb. 16…Tallied seven points (4g/3a) in 24 games for the Avalanche…Missed the first 41 games of the season while on the Avalanche’s Injured Reserve list (head injury)…Placed on IR, Oct. 5, was activated on Jan. 5 and reassigned to Lake Erie…Appeared in 15 games for the Monsters, earning nine points (2g/7a)…Scored the game-winning goal and had an assist in his season debut with the Avs on Feb. 17 at Edmonton.
2010-11: Made the Avalanche’s Opening Night roster and had three separate stints with Colorado throughout the season…Tallied nine points (2g/7a) in 18 games with the Avs…Spent most of the year with the Lake Erie Monsters (AHL), where he recorded 40 points (23g/17a) in 58 games…Despite spending significant time in the NHL, Olver still finished tied for second on the Monsters in goals and ranked fourth in points…Also appeared in all seven playoff contests for Lake Erie, collecting two goals and two assists…Made his NHL debut in the season opener against Chicago on Oct. 7 at Pepsi Center…Collected his first NHL point with an assist on Oct. 12 at Detroit…Was reassigned to Lake Erie on Oct. 19…Recalled on Feb. 15 and reassigned on Feb. 22…Was recalled for the third and final time on March 12, and went on to record seven points (2g/5a) in his last 12 games with Colorado…Was leading the Monsters in goals and ranked second in points at the time of his final recall…Scored his first NHL goal on March 17 at Calgary (Miikka Kiprusoff)…Collected two assists for his first career multi-point game on March 22 vs. Columbus…Left with a head injury on March 24 vs. Toronto, forcing him to sit out on March 26 at Los Angeles…Missed two games due to illness, March 31 to April 1…Had a career-high three-game point streak, April 3-7…Following the Avalanche’s season finale on April 10, Olver was sent back to Lake Erie for the AHL playoffs.
2009-10: Named one of 10 finalists for the Hobey Baker Award as a junior at Northern Michigan University (CCHA)…Led the Wildcats with 49 points (19g/30a) in 40 games, helping Northern Michigan advance to the NCAA tournament for the first time since 1999…Earned AHCA All-American West First Team honors…Finished as the CCHA’s scoring champion with 35 points (17g/18a) in 27 league games and was named to the CCHA All-Conference First Team…Led the Wildcats in goals, assists, points, power-play goals (6-tie), short-handed goals (2) and game-winners (3-tie)…Earned CCHA Player of the Month laurels for February after totaling 15 points (6g/9a) in eight contests…Named CCHA Offensive Player of the Week on three occasions (March 1, Jan. 4 and Nov. 2)…Finished his collegiate career with 122 points (56g/66a) in 119 games…Led NMU in scoring during each of his three seasons at the school…Signed an entry-level contract with the Avalanche on March 30 and reported to Lake Erie (AHL)…Scored two goals in six games with the Monsters.
2008-09: Led Northern Michigan in goals (16) and points (35) while skating in 40 games as a sophomore…Also topped the Wildcats in power-play goals (6), short-handed tallies (3) and penalty minutes (84)…Tied for second on the team in game-winning goals (3) and ranked third in assists (19)…Named CCHA Player of the Month for January after registering 12 points (5g/7a) and a +7 plus/minus rating in eight games…Earned CCHA Offensive Player of the Week for Jan. 2-3 and Feb. 27-28.
2007-08: Led Northern Michigan with 38 points (21g/17a) in 39 games during his freshman season…Topped all NCAA freshmen in goals and was seventh in points-per-game (0.97)…Paced the Wildcats with eight power-play goals and tied for the team lead with four game-winners.
2006-07: Completed his second season with the Omaha Lancers (USHL), where he led the team in goals (29), assists (35) and points (64)…Named Omaha’s Forward of the Year and Most Valuable Player…Finished second in the league with a +27 rating.
2005-06: Totaled 25 points (5g/20a) in 59 games during his first season with the Omaha Lancers.
Mark’s father, John, was an eighth-round pick of the Colorado Rockies in 1978 and was a longtime coach at the college, junior and minor league levels…As a head coach, John led the Idaho Steelheads to the ECHL title in 2003-04 and guided the Tacoma Sabercats to the WCHL championship in 1998-99…Mark’s brother, Darin, was a second-round pick (36th overall) by the New York Rangers in the 2004 Entry Draft and plays in Germany…Last name is pronounced AWL-vuh.