November 24, 1950 |
Oshawa, ON, CAN
|Height||6 ft 0 in (183 cm)|
|Weight||190 lb (86 kg; 13 st 8 lb)|
|Played for||Pittsburgh Penguins
Detroit Red Wings
|NHL Draft||87th overall, 1970
Henry Stanley "Hank" Nowak (born November 24, 1950 in Oshawa, Ontario) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey player. He played 180 games in the NHL with the Pittsburgh Penguins, Detroit Red Wings, and Boston Bruins.
Hank Nowak played left-wing for 3 different teams throughout the 70s. He was a disciplined checker, useful grinder" with a muscular build, who could contribute occasionally to the scoring.
Nowak spent 2 years with the Oshawa Generals of the OHA. Chosen 87th overall by the Flyers in 1970 in the amateur draft, he was assigned to the Quebec Aces. He also played with Richmond Robins and Hershey Bears, and was then was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins.
After 13 games with the Pens in 1973-74, he spent most of the season in Hershey, scoring 32 goals in 56 games. In May 1974, Nowak was traded to Detroit for Nelson Debenedet. Nowak scored 22 points in 56 games for the Wings, but then he was traded to Boston with Earl Anderson for Walt McKechnie. In the 1975 playoffs Nowak scored 1 goal. In 1975-76 he played 10 games for Boston when they reached the Stanley Cup semifinals.
On February 7, 1976, Nowak played in Darryl Sittler's NHL record setting game when Boston played the Toronto Maple Leafs. This was the night that Daryl Sittler set an NHL record for most points scored in one game when he recorded ten points (six goals, four assists). Nowak claims that despite the 11-4 loss that night he was still +3!
Nowak retired from competitive hockey in 1980. He went on to work for the TTC. Hank is currently retired from the Toronto Transit Commission.
Hank Nowak was playing occasionally in the ASHL for the 'Toronto Blue Hogs.' He plays occasionally in tournaments with some Blue hog alumni and his son Clinton.
Regular season and playoffs
|1974–75||Detroit Red Wings||NHL||56||8||14||22||69||—||—||—||—||—|
|1978–79||Cape Cod Freedoms||NEHL||1||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
- Hank Nowak's career statistics at The Internet Hockey Database
- Hank Nowak's biography at Legends of Hockey
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