Scott Nichol

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Scott Nichol
ScottNicholSharks.jpg
Scott Nichol with the San Jose Sharks in 2009
Born (1974-12-31) December 31, 1974 (age 39)
Edmonton, AB, CAN
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Right
Played for Buffalo Sabres
Calgary Flames
Chicago Blackhawks
Nashville Predators
San Jose Sharks
St. Louis Blues
NHL Draft 272nd overall, 1993
Buffalo Sabres
Playing career 1994–2013

Scott B. Nichol (born December 31, 1974) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. On June 5, 2013, he announced his retirement to accept a job as the Director of Player Development for the Nashville Predators, a position that was once filled by former Predator and ex-teammate Martin Gelinas. Nichol played for the Predators from 2005–2009.

Playing career[edit]

Nichol was drafted in the 11th round, 272nd overall by the Buffalo Sabres in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.

Nichol has represented the Buffalo Sabres, Calgary Flames, Chicago Blackhawks, Nashville Predators, and San Jose Sharks during his NHL career. During the NHL lockout season of 2004–05, Nichol played for the London Racers in the British Elite Ice Hockey League, scoring 28 points in 24 games. In 1996 Nichol won the Calder Cup with the Rochester Americans.

On December 21, 2006, Nichol made headlines when he blindsided Buffalo Sabres defenceman Jaroslav Spacek with a punch to the head, after he thought Spacek made a dirty hit on him. The act earned Nichol a 9-game suspension.

On December 3, 2007, he was suspended for five games for cross-checking Montreal Canadiens forward Patrice Brisebois in the back of the head in a game December 1. Nichol was declared a repeat offender under the terms of the NHL Collective Bargaining Agreement.

Nichol signed a one-year deal, US$750,000 deal with the San Jose Sharks on July 15, 2009.[1]

On March 4, 2010, Nichol was injured when Montreal Canadiens forward Maxim Lapierre hit him on a late and dangerous hit, leaving him with an upper body injury for seven days.

On June 20, 2011, Sharks General Manager Doug Wilson announced that Nichol, and teammate Jamal Mayers, would not be resigned for the 2011–12 season.[2] On July 5, 2011, Nichol was signed to a one-year contract with the St. Louis Blues.[3]

Nichol announced his retirement following the lockout shortened 2012–13 season on June 5, 2013. He was appointed the Head of Player Development with former club, the Nashville Predators.[4]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1992–93 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 67 33 31 64 146 16 8 8 16 41
1993–94 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 65 40 53 93 144 10 3 8 11 16
1994–95 Rochester Americans AHL 71 11 16 27 136 5 0 3 3 14
1995–96 Rochester Americans AHL 62 14 17 31 170 19 7 6 13 36
1995–96 Buffalo Sabres NHL 2 0 0 0 10
1996–97 Rochester Americans AHL 68 22 21 43 133 10 2 1 3 26
1997–98 Rochester Americans AHL 35 13 7 20 113
1997–98 Buffalo Sabres NHL 3 0 0 0 4
1998–99 Rochester Americans AHL 52 13 20 33 120
1999–00 Rochester Americans AHL 37 7 11 18 141
2000–01 Detroit Vipers IHL 67 7 24 31 198
2001–02 Calgary Flames NHL 60 8 9 17 107
2002–03 Calgary Flames NHL 68 5 5 10 149
2003–04 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 75 7 11 18 145
2004–05 London Racers EIHL 24 9 19 28 102
2005–06 Nashville Predators NHL 34 3 3 6 79 3 0 0 0 2
2006–07 Nashville Predators NHL 59 7 6 13 79 5 0 0 0 17
2007–08 Nashville Predators NHL 73 10 8 18 72 2 0 0 0 0
2008–09 Nashville Predators NHL 43 4 6 10 41
2009–10 San Jose Sharks NHL 79 4 15 19 72 15 1 1 2 17
2010–11 San Jose Sharks NHL 56 4 3 7 50 15 0 0 0 26
2011–12 St. Louis Blues NHL 80 3 5 8 83 9 0 1 1 14
2012–13 St. Louis Blues NHL 30 1 0 1 25
NHL totals 662 56 71 127 916 49 1 2 3 76

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Nichol signs with San Jose". San Jose Sharks. 2009-07-15. Retrieved 2009-07-16. 
  2. ^ "Sharks won't re-sign Nichol, Mayers and Wallin". nhl.com. NHL. Retrieved 20 June 2011. 
  3. ^ "Blues sign F Nichol, G Bishop to 1-year deals". NHL.com. NHL.com. Retrieved 5 July 2011. 
  4. ^ "Scott Nichol retires to join Predators front office". National Hockey League. 2013-06-05. Retrieved 2013-06-05. 

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