Owen Nolan

from Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Flag of the Ulster banner and Canada.png  Owen Nolan Ice hockey player
Owen Nolan
Date of birth February 12, 1972
place of birth Belfast , Northern Ireland , UK
Nickname Buster
size 185 cm
Weight 98 kg
position Right wing
number # 11
Shot hand Right
NHL Entry Draft 1990 , 1st lap, 1st position
Nordiques de Québec
Career stations
until 1988 Thorold Blackhawks
1988-1990 Cornwall Royals
1990-1995 Nordiques de Québec
1995 Colorado Avalanche
1995-2003 San Jose Sharks
2003-2005 Toronto Maple Leafs
2006-2007 Phoenix Coyotes
2007-2008 Calgary Flames
2008-2010 Minnesota Wild
2010-2011 ZSC Lions

Template: Infobox ice hockey player / file type

Owen Liam Nolan (born February 12, 1972 in Belfast , Northern Ireland ) is a former Canadian ice hockey player of British origin. During his active career between 1988 and 2011 he played for the Nordiques de Québec , Colorado Avalanche , San Jose Sharks , Toronto Maple Leafs , Phoenix Coyotes , Calgary Flames and Minnesota Wild in the National Hockey League and the ZSC Lions in the Swiss National League A in the position of the right winger in the role of a power forward .

After a successful junior career with the Cornwall Royals in the Ontario Hockey League , Nolan was selected in the NHL Entry Draft in 1990 as the overall first of the Nordiques de Québec. In the course of his 18-year NHL career, the winger ran for a total of six different franchises , with his most successful period between 1995 and 2003 with the San Jose Sharks, whose team captain he was from autumn 1998 for four and a half years. In a total of 1265 NHL games he reached 925 scorer points and took part in the NHL All-Star Game five times . On an international level, Nolan won gold medals with the Canadian national team at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City and the 1997 World Cup in Finland .


Childhood and junior career in Ontario

Owen Nolan was born on February 12, 1972 in the Northern Irish capital Belfast . Together with his parents, he moved to Thorold, Canada, in the province of Ontario in the summer of 1972 - at the age of seven months - and was soon granted Canadian citizenship. He did not begin to skate or play ice hockey until he was nine years old, but from the age of 15 he played for his hometown Thorold's junior team, the Thorold Blackhawks , in the Ontario Minor Hockey Association and the Junior B group of the Ontario Hockey Association . In his last year for the team - the 1987/88 season - the striker scored 54 goals in 31 games and scored a total of 86 points .

Then Nolan was selected in the summer of 1988 in the OHL Priority Selection in the second round in 26th place by the Cornwall Royals from the Ontario Hockey League and immediately switched to the team that was supervised by Orval Tessier . In his season as a rookie , Nolan played 62 of the 66 games for the Royals in the regular season . He scored 34 goals and a total of 59 points, which put him in seventh place in the scorer ranking within the team. With 213 penalty minutes, he also underpinned the strong physical component of his game. Among all the rookies in the league, he nevertheless secured the Emms Family Award as the best newcomer to the league. Although Cornwall had only finished fourth in the Leyden Division in the regular season, the team made it in the play-offs to the semifinals, where it failed to the Peterborough Petes led by Mike Ricci . Nolan posted a further 16 points scorer in 18 play-off games. In the following season, the Cornwall Royals reached under the new head coach Marc Crawford again, but with a significantly weaker record, the play-offs. Nolan was the absolute top scorer in his second OHL game year and finished the season after 58 games with 111 points, including 51 goals. Behind Keith Primeau , Paul DiPietro and Mike Ricci, he finished fourth in both the scorer and scorer rankings. At the end of the season he received the Jim Mahon Memorial Trophy as the best point right winger in the league and was selected in this position in the league's First All-Star team. In the play-offs, Nolan added twelve more to his points account in six games, while the Royals failed at the Oshawa Generals . He was also assistant captain of his team in his second year .

In June 1990, the then 18-year-old was finally available for the 1990 NHL Entry Draft . Due to the combination of goalscoring qualities and physical play, which was very popular at the time, Nolan was extremely popular among the franchises . At the draft in Vancouver he was selected by the Nordiques de Québec in first overall position of the very strong draft year group - ahead of players like Jaromír Jágr , Keith Tkachuk and Martin Brodeur .

Started as a professional with the Nordiques de Québec

Since the Nordiques were by far the worst team in the National Hockey League in the two seasons before Nolan's Draft , they brought him into their squad in the fall of 1990. They did the same before the 1990/91 season with the Swede Mats Sundin , whom they had also selected with the very first right to vote in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft . Together with Joe Sakic , who was promoted to team captain , they were to form the basic structure of the new structure in the following years. With the exception of six games for the farm team Halifax Citadels in the American Hockey League , in which Nolan scored eight points, Nolan made the difficult jump into the regular squad and played 59 of the 80 games of the season. When he made his NHL debut on October 4, 1990, he was the sixth player in NHL history to be born in Northern Ireland or Ireland and the first in the league since 1954 . His season yield of three goals and ten assists was meager for the young attacker. The season ended the Nordiques again as the worst club in the league, which they also had the first right to vote in the 1991 NHL Entry Draft . Since the selected Eric Lindros refused to play for the French-Canadian franchise, the Nordiques received enormous compensation through the transfer of Lindros to the Philadelphia Flyers in the form of several players, several draft options and money, which strengthened the team in the long term and laid the foundation for later success.

The effect of the changes did not appear immediately in the 1991/92 season , as Québec continued to be one of the weakest teams in the league. But Nolan showed his offensive potential for the first time with an increase of 60 to 73 points scorer. He finished the game year behind Sakic and Sundin as the third best scorer of the Nordiques and with 42 goals was their undisputed top scorer, tied for tenth place in the league. Before the beginning of the following season , Nolan extended his expiring contract by four years until the summer of 1996 with an option for another year. The contract was worth $ 4.2 million. The striker immediately repaid the trust the management had in him and improved the value of 73 scorer points in the 1992/93 season by four points and set another personal record with 41 assists. Led by the duo Sakic and Sundin as well as the newcomers Mike Ricci and Steve Duchesne from the Lindros transfer, the Nordiques managed to qualify for the play-offs for the first time since the 1986/87 season . There they failed in the first round to the Canadiens de Montréal . During the season, Nolan was first invited to the NHL All-Star Game , in which he scored one goal and prepared another.

The 1993/94 season was a first low point in Nolan's career. In the sixth game of the season on October 18, 1993, he injured his shoulder so badly in the game against the Canadiens de Montréal that he was out for the rest of the season. In his six missions he scored four points, but was able to heal the injury for a long time, as the NHL season 1994/95 began due to a lockout in January 1995 instead of October 1994. Completely recovered, the Canadian returned to the squad and strengthened the Nordiques as did the Swede Peter Forsberg . In the season shortened to 48 games, Québec played the most successful season since switching from the World Hockey Association to the NHL, which was crowned with winning the Northeast Division and first place in the Eastern Conference . In the play-offs, however, the franchise was eliminated from the reigning Stanley Cup winner New York Rangers . With 49 points, including 30 goals, in 46 appearances, the winger completed the season with the best points average of his career to date. Behind Sakic and Forsberg, he was again the third-best scorer within the team and his 30 goals again meant first place in the team's top scorer list. Throughout the league he was fourth with his 30 goals. With a plus / minus value of +21, he set the best value of his career. The six play-offs against the Rangers were the last in Québec's dress.

Career high point with the San Jose Sharks

On 21 June 1995, the Nordiques were sold because of continuing financial problems and from the French-Canadian metropolis in the US Denver in the state of Colorado resettled. This also affected the players under contract, who from then on ran for the Colorado Avalanche . Nolan played only nine games for Colorado in the 1995/96 season . On October 26, 1995 he was transferred to the San Jose Sharks in exchange for the Latvian offensive defender Sandis Ozoliņš after only four months of membership in the new team .

Nolan enjoyed a higher status than in Colorado and Québec right from the start among the Northern Californians, who had a few well-known players after the departure of Igor Larionow , Sergei Makarow and Ray Whitney and who massively restructured their team after seven games without a win at the start of the season. Although the Power Forward had not spent the first month of the season with the team and the season was marked by inconsistent performances on his part, he was with his 61 points for San Jose at the end of the season only one point behind team leader Craig Janney . He was also the only representative of the Sharks in the 1996 NHL All-Star Game . It was the second All-Star Game participation in his career.

Before the 1996/97 season , the Sharks management canceled Nolan's contract, which was still valid for one year due to the option, and provided him with a better endowed two-year contract. Among other things, they hoped that the attacker would fulfill the intended role as leader of the team better than last year. At the end of the season he led the team in the points and goals categories and thus became more and more the "flagship" of the franchise. He scored 31 goals and 63 points, but missed qualifying for the play-offs for the second time in a row with the club. The personal highlight of the season, however, was participation in the 1997 NHL All-Star Game , which took place in San José . Nolan scored a hat trick in this game . He scored two of these goals within eight seconds towards the end of the second period, which meant a new all-star game record, and to underline the show character of the game, he scored against the Czech goalkeeper Dominik Hašek when he was during a solo effort indicated the goal corner to be hit beforehand. The hit went down in NHL history under the name "called shot" . However, the performance of three goals was not enough to be named the most valuable player of the game. This honor went to Mark Recchi , who also scored three goals and was part of the winning team of the Eastern Conference.

The 1997/98 season showed significant decreases in the attacker's statistical values. With only 41 scorer points, he played the worst season personally since his first year in the NHL and was over 20 points behind Jeff Friesen in the team's internal scorer rating . In the play-offs he was able to contribute four points in six games when San Jose was eliminated in the first round by the Dallas Stars . The Sharks nevertheless stuck to Nolan and extended the contract, which expired on June 30, 1998, on October 16, 1998 - and thus only after the official start of the season - by two years. The contract was worth about $ 5.5 million. They also made him the fifth team captain in franchise history a few days later after previous captain Todd Gill left the team during the summer break. Nolan had already been one of the assistant captains from 1995. In the 1998/99 season , Nolan's offensive values ​​improved only marginally with 19 goals and 45 points. However, he increased his defensive game significantly, which was reflected in the plus / minus balance of +16 and turned out to be very valuable for San Jose. The play-offs ended again in the first round when the Sharks failed to Nolan's ex-Denver team. In the 1999/2000 season , the strong attacker paid back the trust of the coaching team with good performances. He remained largely injury-free and played 78 games. With 84 scorer points and 44 goals, he set personal career records in these categories and also led the team in them. It was also the first time that a Sharks player has scored more than 40 goals in one season. Supported by Vincent Damphousse and Jeff Friesen, he led the Sharks into the play-offs for the third time in a row. His 44 goals meant second place in the league behind the Russian Pawel Bure , and his 18 goals in the power play were top of the league. He also took part in the NHL All-Star Game for the fourth time during the season . As a team in eighth position in the Western Conference , San Jose reached the second play-off round for the first time since 1995 with a win in the seventh game - Nolan scored the decisive goal - against the St. Louis Blues , where the Dallas Stars again proved to be insurmountable Hurdle. In the last game of the first play-off round against St. Louis, Nolan seriously injured his abdominal muscles. During the series against Dallas, the injury worsened, so that Nolan could only play three of the five games. Ultimately, he came in ten play-off appearances on ten points, including eight goals, and was again the leader in these statistics for the Californians. At the end of the season, he was honored for the first and only time with the Seagate Technology "Sharks Player of the Year" Award - an internal team award of the San Jose Sharks.

On October 12, 2000 - shortly after the beginning of the 2000/01 game year - the management of the San Jose Sharks equipped its captain, who was now considered an unrestricted free agent , with a new five-year contract. The contract was valued at an estimated 30 to 35 million US dollars and had a one-year extension option by the club beyond the 2004/05 season until the summer of 2006. Due to the injury sustained in the play-offs in April 2000 and a subsequent groin operation in the middle August 2000, the winger returned to the game with a delay. After three missions at the end of October, Nolan had to take another forced break because he had pulled his stomach muscles. During the injury break, the NHL league leadership began to review the contract between Nolan and the San Jose Sharks and to file a suit. The league complained about two clauses: On the one hand, it appeared that the contract gave Nolan the opportunity to extend the contract by one year if the NHL season 2004/05 would be completed with 40 or fewer games due to a lockout, which was not excluded. On the other hand, it bothered the league that another clause implied that the Canadian would continue to be paid by the Sharks in the event of the lockout in the 2004/05 season. In mid-November, Nolan returned to the ice and played symptom-free, before he had to serve a suspension of eleven games from February 1 to March 1, 2001. In the game against the Dallas Stars, he had retaliated against opponent Grant Marshall with a slap in the face for a previous foul away from the game. For this he was punished by the league with a suspension of eleven games. The league did not comply with a request to reduce the penalty. Due to the downtime, Nolan only achieved a number of 57 completed games and 49 scorer points, which were enough for second place behind Patrick Marleau in the team's internal scorer rating.

In the 2001/02 season - in which he was featured on the cover of the North American version of the NHL 2001 computer game by software developer EA Sports - the striker underlined his position as the best player to date in franchise history when he became a player with the most of the goals, assists and points in the team's history. It was only Patrick Marleau who broke his team records during the 2006/07 season . Only stopped by minor injuries, Nolan had almost returned to his old level of performance and played 75 games. With 66 scorer points, he was again the top scorer of the team that again reached the second round in the play-offs. He was also invited to the NHL All-Star Game for the fifth time in February 2002 . The franchise was not very successful in the 2002/03 game year . Several prolonged periods of weakness meant that San Jose missed the play-offs for the first time since 1997. And the now 30-year-old Nolan could not give the team the necessary impetus either. Due to the bad season, in which Nolan had collected 42 scorer points in 61 games up to the beginning of March 2003, the club management decided to change the situation before the upcoming trade deadline . On March 5, they transferred the team captain for strikers Alyn McCauley and Brad Boyes and a first-round vote in the 2003 NHL Entry Draft to the Toronto Maple Leafs . This ended the Canadian's eight-year commitment with the Northern Californians.

Return to Canada and contract quarrels in Toronto

In contrast to the situation in San José, Nolan's new club had a good chance of moving into the play-offs, which also succeeded with fifth place in the Eastern Conference. By the end of the regular season, the winger played 14 games for the Maple Leafs, in which he scored twelve points. That Toronto failed in the first play-off round after seven games to the Philadelphia Flyers , he could not prevent with disappointing two goal preparations. The Canadian played for the Maple Leafs for another year , but could no longer match the level of performance of previous years. Again several small injuries and a larger one in his left eye threw him back in late January 2004. Two games before the start of the play-offs he was then eliminated because of an injury to his right knee for the rest of the regular season and the entire play-offs. With 48 points in 65 missions, he nevertheless made it to fifth place in the team's internal scorer ranking. In the summer of 2004, Nolan went into the last year of his five-year contract signed in autumn 2000.

Due to the lockout and the injury, Nolan played no games during the 2004/05 season. Since the season was canceled completely and there was no league operation, the striker decided to use his existing contract option for fewer than 40 games played in the previous season, and to extend it by one year. Despite the contract extension, Nolan underwent an operation on his injured knee at the end of July 2005. Due to the new salary agreement , which made the striker too expensive for them, and the view that Nolan had not sustained the cruciate ligament and inner ligament injuries while hockey, the Leafs recognized the contract as void. The management of the Maple Leafs therefore terminated the contract on August 1, 2005, whereupon the National Hockey League Players' Association filed a lawsuit on behalf of Nolan against the National Hockey League, so that he would receive the outstanding annual salary of US $ 5.6 million Dollars from the Maple Leafs.

After surviving the operation and the contract problems with Toronto, which were resolved in silence in 2006, things remained quiet for a long time and only shortly before the end of the transition period in early March 2006 did Nolan return after several NHL teams had advertised the services of the free agent . He said that he would only try a comeback in the 2006/07 season .

Brief engagements in Phoenix, Calgary and Minnesota

Nolan in the white jersey of the Calgary Flames in a duel with Trevor Linden of the Vancouver Canucks .

After the injury had completely healed over the summer of 2006, Nolan signed a one-year contract worth one million US dollars on August 16, 2006 with the Phoenix Coyotes , whose head coach Wayne Gretzky had spoken out in favor of the experienced Power Forward. While the Coyotes, whose general manager was Nolan's advisor Michael Barnett at the time, had hoped for a lot from the 34-year-old's commitment and immediately named him one of the assistant captains, the season was rather sobering. Phoenix finished the season with 67 points and was the worst team in the Western Conference. Nolan achieved 40 points scorer in 76 appearances, making him the third best scorer in the franchise. In addition, he completed the 1,000 NHL game of his career in the regular season wearing the Flames. For his service over the years, he was nominated by the Coyotes as a nomination for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy . However, his contract was not renewed after the end of the season.

In the Calgary Flames , Owen Nolan found a new employer in the NHL in early July 2007. The concluded one-year contract guaranteed him including bonus payments of up to two million US dollars. In the much more staffed Calgary team, the striker's strengths did not come into their own and his statistics continued to decline with 32 points in 77 games. With his 15 years of experience in the league, he was an important component of the team and - as in the previous season in Phoenix - was one of the club's assistant captains. He, too, was nominated by the Flames for the Bill Masterton Memorial Trophy, but just as last year he did not receive it. In the first round of the play-offs, Calgary failed in seven games to Nolan's ex-team, the San Jose Sharks.

Nolan in the dress of the Minnesota Wild .

With 153 of a possible 164 games played in the regular season over two seasons, Nolan presented himself healthy and fit, which prompted the Minnesota Wild to sign him for two years in early July 2008. The total salary was $ 5.5 million. In the game, the winger played an important role as an experienced player. Although Minnesota was known as a defensive team, Nolan increased his points again. However, he also missed 23 season games due to various injuries. Nonetheless, he landed fourth in the Wild's scorer rating with 45 points and was the top scorer in the franchise with 25 goals despite the many downtimes. From the 2009/10 game year , Nolan led the inexperienced team on the ice as assistant captain. Although his statistical values ​​decreased significantly despite more missions than in the previous season, he was - based on his experience - as the actual captain of the team. The Wild did not extend the expiring contract with the offensive player and so Nolan was an unrestricted free agent in the summer of 2010 for the fifth time after 2000, 2006, 2007 and 2008.

Moved to Switzerland and retired from active sport

Owen Nolan as a ZSC Lions player .

By the autumn of 2010, Nolan was not a new team in the National Hockey League and so he signed on 21 October 2010 a temporary one month contract with the ZSC Lions of Zurich , in the Swiss National League A are located. After a successful trial month with eleven points from seven games, he extended his contract to the end of the season, with the option to get out of the same at any time until January 23, 2011 if he received an offer from the NHL. However, this did not happen and so Nolan stayed in Switzerland until the end of the season. With Nolan in the squad, the Zurich team quickly made up for the bad start to the season and qualified for the play-offs. There the Lions failed in the first round at the later runner-up Kloten Flyers . In the main round, Nolan came to 26 points in 24 games, while he contributed another four points in six play-off games.

In the summer, Nolan finally returned to North America to try again to get a contract with an NHL team. The Vancouver Canucks equipped him on August 4, 2011 with a trial contract. Despite appearances in three preparatory games for the 2011/12 season , in which he scored one goal and prepared another, the Canucks released the striker from his trial contract on September 25 and made him no longer-term offer.

Without further contract offers, the now 39-year-old then relocated to San José, California, to be close to his family of four who lived there. On February 3, 2012, his ex-team San Jose Sharks announced that they would be holding a press conference with Owen Nolan on February 7, 2012. On this he announced his retirement from active sport four days before his 40th birthday. He did this at his own request together with the San Jose Sharks franchise, but did not sign the one-day contract offered to him. The following day, Nolan performed the ceremonial puck throw in the first face-off of the game by his two ex-teams, the San Jose Sharks and Calgary Flames, in the HP Pavilion .

Nolan ended his career after a total of 18 seasons in the National Hockey League, in which he had played 1200 games in the regular season between 1990 and 2010 , as the last active player who had played for the Nordiques de Québec . He scored 422 goals and gave 463 assists for a total of 885 points and received 1793 penalty minutes . At the time of his resignation, he finished in shared 100th place in the league's scorer rating and 72nd place in penalty minutes. With a total of 155 hits in the power play , he shared the 33rd position in the league. Twice Nolan scored over 40 goals in one season, six times more than 30 and ten times more than 20. In another 65 games, the striker ran into the play-offs , in which he scored 40 points and received 66 penalty minutes. He completed most of the games and scored points for the San Jose Sharks, whose third-best scorer, goalscorer and template provider in franchise history he was when he retired. In the penalty minutes, he finished second within the team.

International career with the Canadian national team

After Nolan had never played for a Canadian junior team at an international tournament, he was part of the Canadian national team for the first time at the 1997 World Cup in Finland . At the side of players like Rob Blake , Mark Recchi , Jarome Iginla and Keith Primeau , the winger won the gold medal with the team and thus secured Canada the 21st world title. In the three-game final series, the Canadians prevailed against Sweden . Nolan scored the second goal in the decisive third game of the final series, which ended 2-1 for Canada, and prepared the first goal for Dean Evason . Together with Evason and Bob Errey he formed an attack line during the tournament. In ten of eleven tournament games - he had to sit out the final round game against Russia due to a suspension from the game against the Czech Republic - Nolan was used for the maple leaves and recorded a total of seven scorer points and 31 penalty minutes. He was the second best scorer of the world championship team behind Travis Green and together with Anson Carter and Rob Zamuner , who both scored four goals, the top scorer in the squad. 25 penalty minutes alone resulted from the game against the Czechs, in which he received a game misconduct penalty.

Almost five years later, Nolan was part of the roster at the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City, USA . For this purpose, he was appointed as one of the so-called "Elite Eight" by Canada's General Manager Wayne Gretzky on March 23, 2001 . After a sovereign 5-2 victory over the United States in the final , the Canadians , led by Mario Lemieux and Steve Yzerman , won Olympic ice hockey for the first time in 50 years . Nolan, who formed an attack line with Eric Lindros and Ryan Smyth , played all six games for the team and came up with three assists ; He prepared two goals in the semifinals against Belarus . He also received two penalty minutes.

Career statistics

National competitions

Regular season Play-offs
season team league Sp T V Pt +/- SM Sp T V Pt +/- SM
1987/88 Thorold Blackhawks OMHA 28 53 32 85 24 - - - - - -
1987/88 Thorold Blackhawks OHA-B 3 1 0 1 2 - - - - - -
1988/89 Cornwall Royals OHL 62 34 25th 59 213 18th 5 11 16 41
1989/90 Cornwall Royals OHL 58 51 60 111 240 6th 7th 5 12 26th
1990/91 Halifax Citadels AHL 6th 4th 4th 8th 11 - - - - - -
1990/91 Nordiques de Québec NHL 59 3 10 13 −19 109 - - - - - -
1991/92 Nordiques de Québec NHL 75 42 31 73 −9 183 - - - - - -
1992/93 Nordiques de Québec NHL 73 36 41 77 −1 185 5 1 0 1 −2 2
1993/94 Nordiques de Québec NHL 6th 2 2 4th +2 8th - - - - - -
1994/95 Nordiques de Québec NHL 46 30th 19th 49 +21 46 6th 2 3 5 +2 6th
1995/96 Colorado Avalanche NHL 9 4th 4th 8th −3 9 - - - - - -
1995/96 San Jose Sharks NHL 72 29 32 61 −30 137 - - - - - -
1996/97 San Jose Sharks NHL 72 31 32 63 −19 155 - - - - - -
1997/98 San Jose Sharks NHL 75 14th 27 41 −2 144 6th 2 2 4th −1 26th
1998/99 San Jose Sharks NHL 78 19th 26th 45 +16 129 6th 1 0 1 ± 0 6th
1999/00 San Jose Sharks NHL 78 44 40 84 −1 110 10 8th 2 10 −2 6th
2000/01 San Jose Sharks NHL 57 24 25th 49 ± 0 75 6th 1 1 2 −5 8th
2001/02 San Jose Sharks NHL 75 23 43 66 +7 93 12 3 6th 9 −2 8th
2002/03 San Jose Sharks NHL 61 22nd 20th 42 −5 91 - - - - - -
2002/03 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 14th 7th 5 12 +2 16 7th 0 2 2 −4 2
2003/04 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL 65 19th 29 48 +4 110 not played due to knee injury
2004/05 Toronto Maple Leafs NHL not played due to lockout and knee injury
2005/06 without a contract not played because of surgery after knee injury
2006/07 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 76 16 24 40 −2 56 - - - - - -
2007/08 Calgary Flames NHL 77 16 16 32 +6 71 7th 3 2 5 ± 0 2
2008/09 Minnesota Wild NHL 59 25th 20th 45 +5 26th - - - - - -
2009/10 Minnesota Wild NHL 73 16 17th 33 −12 40 - - - - - -
2010/11 ZSC Lions NLA 24 7th 19th 26th −2 53 5 2 2 4th −1 2
Ontario Hockey Association overall 31 54 32 86 26th - - - - - -
Ontario Hockey League overall 120 85 85 170 453 24 12 16 28 67
American Hockey League overall 6th 4th 4th 8th 11 - - - - - -
National Hockey League overall 1200 422 463 885 −40 1793 65 21st 19th 40 −14 66
National League A overall 24 7th 19th 26th −2 53 5 2 2 4th −1 2

NHL All-Star Game

year team Venue Sp T V Pt +/- SM
1992 Wales Conference All-Stars Philadelphia 1 1 1 2 0
1996 Western Conference All-Stars Boston 1 0 0 0 0
1997 Western Conference All-Stars San Jose 1 3 0 3 0
2000 North American All-Stars Toronto 1 0 0 0 0
2002 North American All-Stars los Angeles 1 0 0 0 +3 0
Total all-star game 5 4th 1 5 0

International competitions

year team event result Sp T V Pt +/- SM
1997 Canada WM 1st place, world champion 10 4th 3 7th +4 31
2002 Canada Olympia 1st place, Olympic champion 6th 0 3 3 −2 2
Men overall 16 4th 6th 10 +2 33

( Legend for player statistics: Sp or GP = games played; T or G = goals scored; V or A = assists scored ; Pkt or Pts = scorer points scored ; SM or PIM = penalty minutes received ; +/− = plus / minus balance; PP = overpaid goals scored ; SH = underpaid goals scored ; GW = winning goals scored; 1  play-downs / relegation )

Play style and personality

Nolan's compact and stocky build made him a successful power forward .

Nolan embodied the power forward player type , a dangerous attacking player who at the same time prefers the physical game. With a height of 185 centimeters and a body weight of almost 100 kilograms, Nolan had excellent qualifications for this position and knew how to handle it. This was proven by his high point yields as well as the high number of penalty minutes , which had already been announced in the junior area with 170 scorer points and 453 penalty minutes in 120 matches. This beginning of the 1990s, very popular mix of toughness and talent, which was not often find, therefore making him also for the franchises of the National Hockey League so interesting. At the height of his NHL career around the turn of the millennium, Nolan was one of the best players in his position. As usual for this type of player, Nolan was not a light-footed skater, but moved intelligently and at high speed on the ice. He was also said to have a precise shot. The striker made use of his strengths especially in the majority game and was always one of the best power play scorers and points collectors in the league. In the course of his career he continuously improved his defensive work.

Despite his physical style of play, which did not allow for any restraint for the body, repeatedly culminated in injuries and was not changed with increasing age, Nolan was considered cautious away from the ice. In later years his experience and honest dealings with fellow players and the press were always valued.

Opinions differ about his qualities as a leader. On the one hand, it should be noted that from 1995 - with the exception of the time in Toronto and the first year in Minnesota - Nolan always held one of the captaincy's offices. The San Jose Sharks he led during his time as team captain from the niche existence to the top of the table. Even Rich Preston , one of his former coach, certified Nolan's ability, a game with a single action in favor to decide his team. During his last year in San Jose, however, criticism repeatedly germinated that questioned his leadership skills and behavior away from the ice.

Nolan's trademark was the number 11 on his shirt, which he wore in both junior and professional areas, with the exception of his rookie season at the Nordiques de Québec and the year in Switzerland with the ZSC Lions .

Owen Nolan lives in San José, California with his wife Diana, whom he married on July 20, 2002, his daughter Jordan (* 2003) and his son Dylan (* 2007) . He is the owner of two British -influenced pubs called "Britannia Arms" in downtown San José and in the Almaden Valley district to the south . Over the course of his career he worked with player agent and advisor Michael Barnett for many years . His nickname is "Buster" .

Achievements and Awards

National competitions

International competitions


NHL All-Star Game

  • Shortest time to score two goals: 8 seconds, January 18, 1997 against the Eastern Conference All-Stars

Nordiques de Québec and Colorado Avalanche

San Jose Sharks

  • Most outnumbered gates of franchise history: 14 (together with Marco Sturm )
  • Most equalizing goals in franchise history: 6
  • Most points in one game: 6; October 4, 1999 against the Chicago Blackhawks
  • Most points in a third: 4; December 19, 1995 against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
  • Most goals in one game: 4; December 19, 1995 against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (together with four other players)
  • Most goals in a third: 3; December 19, 1995 against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (together with three other players)
  • Most assists in one game: 4; March 10, 2002 against the Vancouver Canucks (together with 18 other players)
  • Most powerplay goals in a game: 3; December 19, 1995 against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim (together with Ryane Clowe )
  • Most power play goals in a third: 3; December 19, 1995 against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
  • Shortest time to score three goals: 13 minutes; December 19, 1995 against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
  • Shortest time to score four goals: 32 minutes and 35 seconds; December 19, 1995 against the Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
  • Most penalty minutes in a play-off game: 24; April 24, 1998 against the Dallas Stars
  • Most penalty minutes in a third of a play-off game: 20; April 24, 1998 against the Dallas Stars
  • Most consecutive games with one goal: 6; January 20 to January 30, 2003 (together with three other players)


  • Stan Fischler, Shirley Fischler: Who's Who in Hockey . Andrews McMeel Publishing, Kansas City, Missouri 2003, ISBN 0-7407-1904-1 , pp. 304-305 .

Web links

Commons : Owen Nolan  - collection of images, videos and audio files

Individual evidence

  1. a b c d e 'Bull in a china shop' ( Memento from January 18, 2013 in the web archive archive.today )
  2. ^ Blake Benzel: St. Patty's Day Tribute to Owen Nolan. wildnation.hockeyprimetime.com, March 17, 2009, accessed February 4, 2012 .
  3. Bill Meltzer: DRAFT: Hatcher Recalls '90 Draft. Former Flyer captain recalls time with North Stars as the 2011 Draft heads to Minnesota. Philadelphia Flyers , June 21, 2011, accessed February 7, 2012 .
  4. a b The Canadian Press : Former Sharks captain Owen Nolan retires after 18 season. The Sports Network , February 7, 2012, accessed February 8, 2012 .
  5. a b Owen Nolan: By the numbers ( Memento from January 20, 2013 in the web archive archive.today )
  6. ^ Names in the News. Los Angeles Times , October 8, 1992, accessed February 4, 2012 .
  7. Owen Nolan 1994 Game Log. hockey-reference.com, accessed February 4, 2012 .
  8. ^ A b Tony Cooper: Another Big Deal for Sharks. Ozolinsh traded for Avalanche's Nolan. San Francisco Chronicle , October 27, 1995, accessed May 4, 2018 .
  9. a b Sharks Expect Nolan To Step Up as Leader ( Memento from December 16, 2012 in the web archive archive.today )
  10. Sharks Re-Sign Nolan. Orlando Sentinel , May 9, 1996; accessed February 4, 2012 .
  11. ^ Sam Kelly: San Jose Sharks: The 10 Best Fighters in Franchise History. 3. Owen Nolan. Bleacher Report , October 13, 2011, accessed February 5, 2012 .
  12. a b c Nolan's trick doesn't do it for the West ( Memento from January 23, 2016 in the Internet Archive )
  13. THE PUCK REPORT: Today In NHL History - Owen Nolan's Called Shot. puckreport.com, January 18, 2012, accessed February 8, 2012 .
  14. a b c Greg Wyshynski: Tribute to Owen Nolan: 10 moments that best celebrate his hockey legacy (video). Yahoo! Sports , February 7, 2012, accessed February 8, 2012 .
  15. Sharks' Holdouts Are Back - Friesen, Nolan Sign Deals ( Memento from September 10, 2012 in the web archive archive.today )
  16. ^ Owen Nolan National Hockey League Salary History. hockeyzoneplus.com, archived from the original on October 27, 2014 ; accessed on February 5, 2012 .
  17. SHARKS NOTEBOOK: Suter Put on IR - Nicholls Returns ( Memento from September 10, 2012 in the web archive archive.today )
  18. a b Mark Camps: Sharks Sign Nolan to 5-Year Deal. San Francisco Chronicle , October 12, 2000, accessed May 4, 2018 .
  19. Nolan's Ailment: Abdominal Pull ( Memento from December 9, 2012 in the web archive archive.today )
  20. Associated Press : Nolan Is Re-Signed by Sharks. Los Angeles Times , October 13, 2000, accessed February 5, 2012 .
  21. Sharks Deny Canadian Report That Nolan's Deal Will Be Voided ( Memento from September 19, 2012 in the web archive archive.today )
  22. League to Challenge Clause in Nolan's Pact ( Memento from September 10, 2012 in the web archive archive.today )
  23. NHL Hits Sharks' Nolan With 11-Game Suspension ( Memento from September 9, 2012 in the web archive archive.today )
  24. Associated Press : Owen, start owing. Bettman upholds Nolan's 11-game suspension. CNN Sports Illustrated , February 17, 2001, archived from the original on May 25, 2014 ; accessed on February 8, 2012 .
  25. Associated Press : Bettman Denies Nolan's Appeal. Los Angeles Times , February 18, 2001, accessed February 5, 2012 .
  26. Maple Leafs swing trade for Nolan. CBC Sports , March 6, 2003, accessed February 5, 2012 .
  27. a b c Sharks deal Nolan to Maple Leafs ( Memento from December 10, 2012 in the web archive archive.today )
  28. Associated Press : Nolan hurts right knee. ESPN , March 28, 2004, accessed February 6, 2012 .
  29. ^ Nolan Headed To Sidelines. Toronto Maple Leafs , March 29, 2004; accessed February 6, 2012 .
  30. Maple Leafs' Contract Status For 2004-05. Toronto Maple Leafs , July 5, 2004, accessed February 6, 2012 .
  31. a b Nolan hasn't received $ 5.6M option from Leafs. ESPN , September 16, 2005, accessed February 6, 2012 .
  32. ^ Buyouts Not The Norm. Toronto Maple Leafs , July 30, 2005, accessed February 6, 2012 .
  33. Associated Press : Nolan Not Ready for a Comeback. Los Angeles Times , March 3, 2006, accessed February 6, 2012 .
  34. Associated Press : Coyotes sign Nolan to one-year contract. USA Today , August 17, 2006, accessed February 6, 2012 .
  35. cf. 2011–12 Flames Media Guide & Record Book . Calgary Flames Hockey Club, Calgary, Alberta 2011, p. 140 .
  36. ^ Nolan named Phoenix nominee for Masterton Trophy. Phoenix Coyotes , March 22, 2007, accessed February 6, 2012 .
  37. Flames sign veteran Owen Nolan. The Sports Network , July 2, 2007, accessed February 6, 2012 .
  38. ^ Owen Nolan nominated for Masterton Trophy. Owen Nolan is the Calgary Flames' nominee for the Masterton Trophy. (No longer available online.) Calgary Herald , March 14, 2008, archived from the original September 17, 2011 ; accessed on February 6, 2012 .
  39. ^ Nolan agrees to a two-year deal with Wild. The Sports Network , July 6, 2008, accessed February 6, 2012 .
  40. a b Blake Benzel: Owen Nolan Too Important For Minnesota To Trade. Bleacher Report , February 2, 2010, accessed February 6, 2012 .
  41. New striker for the ZSC Lions. ZSC Lions sign NHL veterans. Neue Zürcher Zeitung , October 21, 2010, accessed on February 6, 2012 (German).
  42. ^ Ulrich Pickel: Some question marks with the Lions. With a 1-0 win in Ambri, the ZSC concludes the first half of the qualification. Neue Zürcher Zeitung , November 22, 2010, accessed on February 6, 2012 (German).
  43. a b c d e f Ulrich Pickel: Nolan is a godsend for the ZSC. The longtime NHL star striker just has to prove something to himself. Neue Zürcher Zeitung , December 3, 2010, accessed on February 6, 2012 (German).
  44. Canucks sign Nolan, Fedoruk to professional tryout contracts. The Sports Network , August 4, 2011, accessed February 6, 2012 .
  45. ^ The Canadian Press : Veteran Owen Nolan released from Canucks after pre-season loss to Sharks. National Hockey League , September 26, 2011, accessed February 6, 2012 .
  46. ^ Nolan expected to announce retirement Tuesday in San Jose. The Sports Network , February 3, 2012, accessed February 6, 2012 .
  47. a b c d Former Sharks Captain Owen Nolan Announces His Retirement. Prototypical Power Forward Ranks Third on the Sharks All-Time Scoring List. San Jose Sharks , February 7, 2012, accessed February 8, 2012 .
  48. a b Emotional Nolan hangs up skates ( Memento from January 21, 2013 in the web archive archive.today )
  49. Is it time for the Sharks to retire Nolan's number? ( Memento from January 22, 2013 in the web archive archive.today )
  50. Andrew Podnieks : Owen Nolan hangs' em up. International Ice Hockey Federation , February 8, 2012, accessed on May 4, 2018 (English).
  51. Associated Press : Jokinen's hat trick helps Kiprusoff to 300th NHL win. The Sports Network , February 9, 2012, accessed February 9, 2012 .
  52. Jas Faulkner: Nolan's Retirement Announcement Was Also A Celebration of His Career. thehockeywriters.com, February 8, 2012, accessed February 10, 2012 .
  53. a b Shark leads Canada to gold ( Memento from December 16, 2012 in the web archive archive.today )
  54. ^ Dusan Stojanovic: Czech Republic beats Canada in brawl-filled game. Associated Press , May 7, 1997, accessed February 5, 2012 .
  55. Gretzky rounds out Canada's Olympic roster. CBC Sports , December 14, 2001, accessed February 5, 2012 .
  56. Nolan, Selanne Named To 2002 Olympic ( Memento from September 13, 2012 in the web archive archive.today )
  57. ^ Associated Press : Stand on guard for thee. Canada captures first hockey gold medal in 50 years. CNN Sports Illustrated February 24, 2002, archived from the original July 8, 2008 ; accessed on February 5, 2012 .
  58. cf. San Jose Sharks Media Relations Department: 2011-12 San Jose Sharks Organization Guide . San Jose Sharks , San José, California 2011, p. 228 .
  59. Tulospalvelu. sjl01.lahtis-enterprises.com, accessed March 8, 2012 .
  60. ^ Team Canada - Player Statistics. International Ice Hockey Federation , February 24, 2002, accessed February 5, 2012 .
  61. a b cf. Stan Fischler, Shirley Fischler: Who's Who in Hockey . Andrews McMeel Publishing, Kansas City, Missouri 2003, ISBN 0-7407-1904-1 , pp. 304 .
  62. a b c d Player Info ( Memento from January 15, 2013 in the web archive archive.today )
  63. a b c cf. Stan Fischler, Shirley Fischler: Who's Who in Hockey . Andrews McMeel Publishing, Kansas City, Missouri 2003, ISBN 0-7407-1904-1 , pp. 305 .
  64. Biography for Owen Nolan. Internet Movie Database , accessed February 10, 2012 .
  65. cf. San Jose Sharks Media Relations Department: 2011-12 San Jose Sharks Organization Guide . San Jose Sharks , San José, California 2011, p. 232 .
  66. cf. San Jose Sharks Media Relations Department: 2011-12 San Jose Sharks Organization Guide . San Jose Sharks , San José, California 2011, p. 233 .
  67. cf. Brendan McNicholas: 2011-12 Colorado Avalanche Media Guide . Henry Wurst, Inc, Denver, Colorado 2011, p. 54 .
  68. cf. Brendan McNicholas: 2011-12 Colorado Avalanche Media Guide . Henry Wurst, Inc, Denver, Colorado 2011, p. 18 .
  69. cf. Brendan McNicholas: 2011-12 Colorado Avalanche Media Guide . Henry Wurst, Inc, Denver, Colorado 2011, p. 155 .
  70. a b cf. San Jose Sharks Media Relations Department: 2011-12 San Jose Sharks Organization Guide . San Jose Sharks , San José, California 2011, p. 183 .
  71. a b c d e f g cf. San Jose Sharks Media Relations Department: 2011-12 San Jose Sharks Organization Guide . San Jose Sharks , San José, California 2011, p. 152 .
  72. a b c cf. San Jose Sharks Media Relations Department: 2011-12 San Jose Sharks Organization Guide . San Jose Sharks , San José, California 2011, p. 153 .
  73. cf. San Jose Sharks Media Relations Department: 2011-12 San Jose Sharks Organization Guide . San Jose Sharks , San José, California 2011, p. 310 .
  74. cf. San Jose Sharks Media Relations Department: 2011-12 San Jose Sharks Organization Guide . San Jose Sharks , San José, California 2011, p. 311 .


  1. The five other players were Sid Finney , Bobby Kirk , Jim McFadden , Sammy McManus and Jack Riley .
  2. Sid Finney and Jim McFadden played for the Chicago Black Hawks in the 1953/54 season .
  3. Other sources name the 18th game of the season on November 13, 1993 against the Tampa Bay Lightning .
  4. a b Dennis Ververgaert had set the previous record in the 1976 NHL All-Star Game with two hits within 10 seconds. Ververgaert scored the interim goals 2: 7 and 3: 7 for the Campbell Conference after 44:33 and 44:43 minutes.
  5. Marleau broke Nolan's goal assists record of 245 on December 31, 2006, the points record of 451 on January 4, 2007, and the goal record of 206 on January 11, 2007.
  6. San Jose later transferred the suffrage to the Boston Bruins , who selected US defender Mark Stuart in 21st position in the draft.
  7. The award went to Phil Kessel of the Boston Bruins this season , who had successfully survived testicular cancer .
  8. The award went to Jason Blake of the Toronto Maple Leafs this season , who had successfully survived chronic myeloid leukemia .
  9. In addition to Nolan, the players Rob Blake , Paul Kariya , Mario Lemieux , Scott Niedermayer , Chris Pronger , Joe Sakic and Steve Yzerman had already been presented as part of the Olympic squad almost nine months before the provisional squad nomination. They were subsequently referred to as "Elite Eight" , the eight elite players, in the press.
  10. ^ Ontario Minor Hockey Association.
  11. The Wales Conference All-Stars were a selection of the best players in the Prince of Wales Conference .
  12. The Western Conference All-Stars were a selection of the best players in the Western Conference .
  13. The North American All-Stars were a selection of the best players from Canada and the United States , who competed against a selection of players from Europe and the rest of the world.
  14. Nolan never played the maximum number of games in any season.
  15. In his first year in Québec, Nolan wore the jersey with the number 88.
  16. During the year in Zurich, Nolan played with the shirt number 17 because the number 11 was occupied by Andri Stoffel .
This article was added to the list of articles worth reading on March 7, 2012 in this version .