Owen Nolan

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Owen Nolan
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Born (1972-02-12) February 12, 1972 (age 42)
Belfast, Northern Ireland, UK
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 214 lb (97 kg; 15 st 4 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Quebec Nordiques
Colorado Avalanche
San Jose Sharks
Toronto Maple Leafs
Phoenix Coyotes
Calgary Flames
Minnesota Wild
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 1st overall, 1990
Quebec Nordiques
Playing career 1990–2011

Owen Liam Nolan (born February 12, 1972) is a retired Northern Irish-born Canadian professional ice hockey player. During his 18-year NHL career, he played for the Quebec Nordiques, Colorado Avalanche, San Jose Sharks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Phoenix Coyotes, Calgary Flames and the Minnesota Wild, as well as playing a season with the ZSC Lions of National League A. Born in Northern Ireland, he was raised in Thorold, Ontario and played for Canada internationally. Nolan is widely known as a power forward.

Playing career[edit]

Minor Hockey[edit]

Nolan grew up in Thorold, Ontario playing minor hockey for Thorold in the OMHA. After playing A hockey for the Thorold bantam A'sNolan was selected in the second round of the 1988 OHL Priority Selection by the Cornwall Royals.

Quebec Nordiques – San Jose Sharks[edit]

Nolan was drafted first overall by the Quebec Nordiques in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft, and played with them until nine games into the 1995–1996 season (this was the first season the team played in Denver as the "Colorado Avalanche"), when he was traded to the San Jose Sharks for defenceman Sandis Ozolinsh. During his tenure with the Sharks he was named captain, and registered his best career year in 1999–2000, finishing with 84 points, and tied for second in the NHL with 44 goals. That same year, the eighth seeded Sharks took out the first-seeded Blues in seven games with Nolan leading the way with six goals. In game seven, Nolan scored with 10 seconds left in the first period from just past center ice, beating goaltender Roman Turek to give the Sharks a 2-0 lead. The goal propelled them to a 3-1, game seven victory and first round upset of the Blues.

Toronto Maple Leafs[edit]

Nolan was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs just before the NHL trade deadline in 2003, for players Alyn McCauley and Brad Boyes, and Toronto's first-round pick in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft. However his performance in Toronto was disappointing, he suffered from a series of injuries and never played at the same level as he had in San Jose.

Nolan broke new ground in contract negotiations, having a clause put in that stated if the 2004–05 NHL season was cancelled, then he would gain a player option for an additional year in 2005–06. However, with the NHL CBA in place, this option became a topic of debate. With the new NHL salary cap, the Maple Leafs deemed Nolan's salary too high, and refuse to recognize Nolan as under contract. Nolan argued that the option was valid, that he would play, and be paid, for the Toronto Maple Leafs, and that he deserved to be paid during the 2004–2005 NHL lockout due to injury. The Maple Leafs, who deemed Nolan as healthy just after the lockout, claimed that the injury was incurred off the ice and refused to pay Nolan's desired US$12 million. The case went to an arbitrator. This case was settled in late 2006, however, the terms of the agreement by Leafs management and Nolan were not disclosed. In 2005–2006, Nolan took time off for his injured knees to heal, training in San Jose at Sharks Ice. Before the playoff push, Nolan indicated that several teams (including San Jose) wanted to sign him, but he decided not to play because he wanted to be at 100%, both because he did not want to become re-injured and because he felt he owed his team that.

2006-2011[edit]

In the summer of 2006, during free agency, Nolan contemplated joining many teams before signing a one-year, US $1 million contract with the Phoenix Coyotes. He scored 16 goals to go with 24 assists during his only year in Phoenix before becoming a free agent once again.

On July 2, 2007, Nolan signed with the Calgary Flames. On October 22, 2007, Nolan played his 1000th game.

On January 30, 2008, Nolan had his 11th career hat trick and first hat trick since 1999 in a 5-4 victory over former team the San Jose Sharks. He was honored as the game's first star as his hat trick included a short-handed goal and the game winner, and Nolan also had a decisive victory in a second-period scrap with Mike Grier.

On April 13, 2008, Nolan scored the game-winning goal in game three of the first round of the 2008 NHL Playoffs against his former team San Jose Sharks. It was his first playoff goal since 2002, when he was a member of the Sharks and the 19th playoff goal of his 18-year career.

On July 6, 2008, Nolan signed a two-year, $5.5 million contract with the Minnesota Wild.[1] On March 10, 2009, Nolan scored his 400th (and 401st) goal of his NHL career with the Minnesota Wild against the San Jose Sharks.[2]

A free agent prior to the 2010–11 season, and with the intention of continuing his NHL career, Nolan was unable to secure an NHL contract. With the beginning of the season underway, in order to garner interest and keep in game condition, Nolan signed a one-month contract with Swiss team, ZSC Lions of the National League A, on October 20, 2010.[3]

On August 4, 2011, Nolan signed a tryout contract with the Vancouver Canucks, returning to the NHL after a year in Switzerland.[4] He was then released by the Vancouver Canucks on September 25, 2011, admittedly due to issues with his family.

Retirement[edit]

On February 7, 2012,[5] Nolan announced his retirement from professional hockey, at a press conference in San Jose five days before his 40th birthday. He was then immediately chosen for a ceremonial puck drop in a game against the Calgary Flames.

All-Star appearances[edit]

Nolan has been chosen as an NHL all-star in 1991–92, 1995–96, 1996–97, 1999–2000, 2001–02. He was the runner-up to Mark Recchi for the All-Star game MVP in 1997.

Personal life[edit]

Nolan is one of six players in NHL history to be born in Ireland or Northern Ireland (Sid Finney, Bobby Kirk, Jim McFadden, Sammy McManus and Jack Riley are the others). He moved to Thorold, Ontario when he was seven months old and grew up playing baseball and soccer; it wasn't until he was nine that he began skating. He attended Denis Morris Catholic High School in St. Catharines, Ontario.

Nolan owns two restaurants in San Jose, California and is a host of Fish TV, a fishing show in Canada, along with Ron James & Leo Stakos. He and his wife Diana have one daughter, Jordan, and one son, Dylan.

Awards[edit]

Medal record
Ice hockey
Competitor for  Canada
Winter Olympics
Gold 2002 Salt Lake City
World Championships
Gold 1997 Helsinki

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1987–88 Thorold Black Hawks OMHA 28 53 32 85 24
1988–89 Cornwall Royals OHL 62 34 25 59 213 18 5 11 16 41
1989–90 Cornwall Royals OHL 58 51 60 111 240 6 7 5 12 26
1990–91 Halifax Citadels AHL 6 4 4 8 11
1990–91 Quebec Nordiques NHL 59 3 10 13 109
1991–92 Quebec Nordiques NHL 75 42 31 73 183
1992–93 Quebec Nordiques NHL 73 36 41 77 185 5 1 0 1 2
1993–94 Quebec Nordiques NHL 6 2 2 4 8
1994–95 Quebec Nordiques NHL 46 30 19 49 46 6 2 3 5 6
1995–96 Colorado Avalanche NHL 9 4 4 8 9
1995–96 San Jose Sharks NHL 72 29 32 61 137
1996–97 San Jose Sharks NHL 72 31 32 63 155
1997–98 San Jose Sharks NHL 75 14 27 41 144 6 2 2 4 26
1998–99 San Jose Sharks NHL 78 19 26 45 129 6 1 0 1 6
1999–00 San Jose Sharks NHL 78 44 40 84 110 10 8 2 10 6
2000–01 San Jose Sharks NHL 57 24 25 49 75 6 1 1 2 8
2001–02 San Jose Sharks NHL 75 23 43 66 93 12 3 6 9 8
2002–03 San Jose Sharks NHL 61 22 20 42 91
2002–03 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 14 7 5 12 16 7 0 2 2 2
2003–04 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 65 19 29 48 110
2006–07 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 76 16 24 40 56
2007–08 Calgary Flames NHL 77 16 16 32 71 7 3 2 5 2
2008–09 Minnesota Wild NHL 59 25 20 45 26
2009–10 Minnesota Wild NHL 73 16 17 33 40
2010–11 ZSC Lions NLA 24 7 19 26 53 5 2 2 4 2
NHL totals 1200 422 463 885 1793 65 21 19 40 66

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1997 Canada WC 10 4 3 7 31
2002 Canada OG 6 0 3 3 2
Senior totals 16 4 6 10 33

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Wild signs forward Owen Nolan". Minnesota Wild. 2008-07-06. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  2. ^ "Nolan's pair notches milestone; earns point for Wild". CBS Sports. 2009-03-10. Retrieved 2010-07-20. 
  3. ^ LeBrun, Pierre (2010-10-20). "Owen Nolan hoping for NHL comeback". ESPN. Retrieved 2010-11-04. 
  4. ^ "Canucks sign Owen Nolan, Todd Fedoruk". National Hockey League. 2011-08-04. Retrieved 2011-08-04. 
  5. ^ http://sharks.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=615163

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Preceded by
Mats Sundin
NHL first overall draft pick
1990
Succeeded by
Eric Lindros
Preceded by
Mats Sundin
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1990
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Todd Gill
San Jose Sharks captain
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