Carlo Colaiacovo was born January 27, 1983 in Toronto, Ontario. The first round, 17th overall selection of the Toronto Maple Leafs in the 2001 NHL Entry Draft, Colaiacovo is an offensively gifted defenseman who was instrumental in leading the OHL's Erie Otters to the 2002 OHL Championships and a birth in the 2002 Memorial Cup tournament.
A two-time member of Canada's World Junior Team (2002-2003), Colaiacovo impressed many at the Maple Leaf camp in 2002 and head coach/general Manager Pat Quinn would reward him for his solid play during the pre-season and gave him an opportunity to play in two games with the team before deciding to send him back to his junior team in Erie.
In each of his first three seasons with the Otters, Colaiacovo has seen his offensive numbers increase each year and finished his junior career with 126 points (33-93-126) in 219 games.
Following a strong junior career, Colaiacovo spent the majority of his first two full professional season with the Leafs AHL affiliate in St. John's and Toronto, while seeing limited action with the parent club. The hard hitting defenceman would finally crack the Leaf line-up in 2005-06 only to suffer a season ending head injury in January of 2006.
The injury plagued Colaiacovo appeared in only 28 games of the 2007-08 season due to a strain of injuries to his knee and groin. He returned to training camp relatively healthy the following season but suffered a minor ankle injury early into November 2008. Shortly after, the Leafs traded the fragile defenceman and forward Alexander Steen to the St. Louis Blues for Lee Stempniak.
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