Mark Olver (born January 1, 1988) is a Canadian-German professional ice hockey centre currently playing under contract to Eisbären Berlin of the Deutsche Eishockey Liga (DEL). He previously played in the National Hockey League with the Colorado Avalanche. Mark is the younger brother of Darin, who was his teammate with Eisbären Berlin.
January 1, 1988|
Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Weight||170 lb (77 kg; 12 st 2 lb)|
144th overall, 2008|
Olver originally played Midget AAA hockey in Michigan with the Marquette Electricians. In two seasons with the Electricians, Olver led the team in scoring in each season and in 2004–05 was named the Teams Most Valuable player. Following his father John, an assistant coach and his brother Darin, a junior at Northern Michigan University, he committed as a recruit of the Wildcats in 2005. Before he was eligible to attend college, Olver initially joined the Chilliwack Chiefs of the British Columbia Hockey League. However, on the eve of the season, Mark was controversially released by the Chiefs, under the advice of owner Morey Keith. Ultimately seen as an act of personal retribution by Keith against John Olver, Mark was then recruited to join the Omaha Lancers of the United States Hockey League.
In his second season with the Lancers in 2006–07, Olver displayed offensive potential to lead the team with 29 goals 35 assists and 64 points to earn the honour as Omaha's Forward of the Year and Most Valuable Player. Graduating from Millard North High School, Olver then joined Northern Michigan Wildcats of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association as an undersized skilled forward. As a freshman in 2007–08, Mark returned from an early season concussion to lead all NCAA Rookies in goals (21) and the Wildcats in scoring with 38 points in 39 games to be selected to the CCHA All-Rookie Team. Passed over in the two previous draft years due to size concerns, Olver was selected in the 2008 NHL Entry Draft by the Colorado Avalanche in the fifth round, 140th overall.
Olver consolidated his offensive potential the succeeding year as sophomore, winning CCHA player of the month in January as he again led the Wildcats in scoring with 35 points in 40 games. In the 2009–10 season, as player of the month in February he helped a re-emerging NMU advance to the NCAA finals for the first time since 1999 before suffering a 4-3 defeat to St Cloud State in the West Regional semi-finals. In the wake of leading the Wildcats for a third consecutive season in scoring he was named to the CCHA First All-Star team and the NCAA West First-All American team. Mark also led the CCHA with 49 points in 40 games as a junior earning selection as a top 10 finalist in the Hobey Baker Award.
On March 30, 2010, after a three-year collegiate career with the Wildcats, Olver was signed by the Avalanche to a two-year entry level contract. Continuing his 2009–10 season, he was immediately assigned to AHL affiliate, the Lake Erie Monsters, on an amateur try-out contract. In his professional debut, Olver scored his first pro goal in a 3-1 victory over the Peoria Rivermen on April 1, 2010. In 6 games, Olver posted 2 goals to finish the year with the Monsters.
After four seasons within the Avalanche organization, as a restricted free agent, Olver opted to sign his first European contract, agreeing to a one-year deal with the HC Sochi for their inaugural 2014–15 season in the Kontinental Hockey League on May 27, 2014. Due to injury he played only one game for HC Sochi.
On July 17, 2015, Olver left Sochi as a free agent to sign a one-year contract with Swiss club, Kloten Flyers of the National League A. Olver began the 2015–16 season with the Flyers, appearing in just 8 games and contributing 3 points before opting to terminate his contract in order to play alongside older brother Darin in Germany with Eisbären Berlin of the DEL on October 28, 2015.
After one season in Berlin, Olver opted to return to North America as a free agent. He later signed a one-year deal with the Arizona Coyotes new AHL affiliate, the Tucson Roadrunners on August 17, 2016. In the 2016–17 season, Olver amassed 6 goals and 17 points in 41 games with the Roadrunners before he was loaned to fellow AHL club, the Bakersfield Condors on March 6, 2017. He appeared in just 9 games with the Edmonton Oilers affiliate, contributing 3 assists to complete the year.
As a free agent, Olver opted for a second stint in Germany, returning to Eisbären Berlin. He agreed to a one-year deal on July 11, 2017.
Olver holds dual citizenship after his maternal grandparents originally emigrated from Germany to Canada.
|2007–08||Northern Michigan University||CCHA||39||21||17||38||59||—||—||—||—||—|
|2008–09||Northern Michigan University||CCHA||40||16||19||35||84||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Northern Michigan University||CCHA||40||19||30||49||48||—||—||—||—||—|
|2009–10||Lake Erie Monsters||AHL||6||2||0||2||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2010–11||Lake Erie Monsters||AHL||58||23||17||40||79||7||2||2||4||4|
|2011–12||Lake Erie Monsters||AHL||15||2||7||9||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Lake Erie Monsters||AHL||36||6||16||22||34||—||—||—||—||—|
|2013–14||Lake Erie Monsters||AHL||65||15||34||49||82||—||—||—||—||—|
Awards and honoursEdit
|All-CCHA Rookie Team||2007–08|||
|All-CCHA First Team||2009–10|
|AHCA West First-Team All-American||2009–10|||
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