Simon Nolet

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Simon Nolet
Born (1941-11-23) November 23, 1941 (age 73)
Saint-Odilon-de-Cranbourne, QC, CAN
Height 5 ft 9 in (175 cm)
Weight 185 lb (84 kg; 13 st 3 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for Philadelphia Flyers
Kansas City Scouts
Pittsburgh Penguins
Colorado Rockies
Playing career 1962–1977

Simon Laurent Nolet (born November 23, 1941) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey player. He played ten seasons in the National Hockey League (NHL), most notably for the Philadelphia Flyers. He was a member of the 1974 Philadelphia Flyers championship team.

Playing career[edit]

After a junior career with the Quebec Citadelles of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League that saw them in the Memorial Cup playoffs, he played senior hockey in various leagues. His 1964 team, the Windsor Maple Leafs (of Windsor, Nova Scotia), reached the Allan Cup finals, led by Nolet, who scored 68 goals in 68 games and added ten goals in the Cup playoffs. Nolet sat out most of the following season, but joined the Sherbrooke Castors for their own Allan Cup run in 1965, scoring 21 goals in 15 games to lead them to the national title.

Immediately after that, Nolet signed with the Quebec Aces of the American Hockey League, scoring two goals and an assist in his professional debut. He would star with the Aces for three more seasons and part of two others, breaking out in 1968 to lead the league in scoring with 44 goals and 52 assists for 96 points and adding 15 points in ten playoff games as the Aces reached the Calder Cup finals, a pinnacle Nolet would help them reach the following season as well.

In the meantime, however, the expansion Philadelphia Flyers of the NHL had purchased the Aces and the rights to its players in 1967. The Flyers' early years had a distinct Francophone flavor thereby, with ex-Aces Jean-Guy Gendron, André Lacroix, Serge Bernier, Rosaire Paiement, Leon Rochefort, Dick Sarrazin and Jim Johnson playing key roles with the fledgling franchise. Nolet made his NHL debut in 1968 and was a firm fixture by two seasons later, scoring 22 goals in only 56 games after his permanent promotion from Quebec and adding noteworthy two-way play and penalty killing. He was a regular in Philadelphia for four more years, earning a trip to the All-Star Game in the 1972 season. Nolet was known for his blazing speed and heavy slapshot.

Left exposed in the 1974 NHL Expansion Draft, Nolet was selected fifth overall by the Kansas City Scouts, and was named the team's first captain. Leading a weak squad in scoring that first season, he was Kansas City's sole representative in the All-Star Game. Halfway through the next year, he was dealt to the Pittsburgh Penguins before being reacquired by the Scouts' franchise in the 1976 offseason - which had moved to Denver to become the Colorado Rockies. Once again named to his former post as team captain, Nolet played out the 1977 campaign before retiring.

Retirement[edit]

He finished his NHL career having scored 150 goals and 182 assists for 332 points in 562 games.

After Nolet's playing career was over, he worked as a scout for the Quebec Nordiques of the World Hockey Association, and later served as an assistant coach for the club from 1982 until 1987. He remains a scout in the Flyers' organization.

Achievements and facts[edit]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1960–61 Quebec Citadelles QJHL 11 2 1 3 0
1961–62 Quebec Citadelles QJHL 39 25 27 52 22 10 4 4 8 12
1961–62 Quebec Aces AHL 1 0 0 0 2
1961–62 Quebec Citadelles M-Cup 9 2 4 6 2
1962–63 Windsor Maple Leafs NSSHL 55 53 55 108 30 7 5 6 11 14
1962–63 Moncton Hawks NSSHL 12 4 5 9 2
1963–64 Windsor Maple Leafs NSSHL 68 68 65 133 19 8 2 6 8 4
1963–64 Windsor Maple Leafs Al-Cup 11 10 8 18 8
1964–65 Quebec Aces AHL 2 2 1 3 2
1964–65 Sherbrooke Castors Al-Cup 15 21 14 35 4
1965–66 Quebec Aces AHL 61 16 17 33 12 6 0 0 0 2
1966–67 Quebec Aces AHL 66 32 24 56 28 5 1 4 5 4
1967–68 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 4 0 0 0 2 1 0 0 0 0
1967–68 Quebec Aces AHL 70 44 52 96 45 10 5 10 15 10
1968–69 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 35 4 10 14 8
1968–69 Quebec Aces AHL 33 11 21 32 28 15 5 3 8 28
1969–70 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 56 22 22 44 36
1969–70 Quebec Aces AHL 22 13 18 31 14
1970–71 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 74 9 19 28 42 4 2 1 3 0
1971–72 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 67 23 20 43 22
1972–73 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 70 16 20 36 6 11 3 1 4 4
1973–74 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 52 19 17 36 13 15 1 1 2 4
1974–75 Kansas City Scouts NHL 72 26 32 58 30
1975–76 Kansas City Scouts NHL 41 10 15 25 16
1975–76 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 39 9 8 17 2 3 0 0 0 0
1976–77 Colorado Rockies NHL 52 12 19 31 10
NHL totals 562 150 182 332 187 34 6 3 9 8

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Preceded by
Position created
Kansas City Scouts captain
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Succeeded by
Guy Charron
Preceded by
Kansas City Scouts captain
Guy Charron
Colorado Rockies captain
1976-77
Succeeded by
Wilf Paiement