Tag:Owen Nolan
Posted on: February 7, 2012 2:18 pm
Edited on: February 7, 2012 2:20 pm

Owen Nolan to announce retirement on Tuesday

By Brian Stubits

A news conference is slated for today in San Jose and it's going to feature Owen Nolan. Those were the details that were released.

It doesn't take any kind of scientist, let alone one who specializes in rockets, to see where this is heading. But in case you need the jump from A to B drawn for you, check out the NHL Network update video.

Yes, Nolan is going to hang up the ol' skates, proverbially speaking. Drafted by the Quebec Nordiques (remember them?) first overall in the 1990 draft, Nolan played 18 seasons in the NHL totaling 422 career goals and 463 assists. He played most recently for the Wild in 2009-10.

Nolan is most recognized for his time spent with the Sharks -- hence the announcement coming in San Jose -- where he spent seven and a half seasons in his prime. Traded from the Avalanche after their relocation from Quebec to San Jose for Sandis Ozolinsh in 1995, Nolan helped the Sharks reach the playoffs five times. His best season came in 1999-00 when he had 44 goals with 40 assists for the Sharks.

Oddly enough, Nolan might best be remembered for what he did in a game that matter. In the 1997 All-Star Game, he had the joy of being the hometown hero in San Jose, recording a hat trick. Most famously, he called his shot a la the Babe and beat Dominik Hasek high glove side.

Born in Belfast, Ireland, Nolan's family moved to Canada when he was still young to escape the violence. That worked out for the best, huh?

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Posted on: August 4, 2011 6:26 pm

Owen Nolan gets a tryout with Vancouver

By: Adam Gretz

After spending the 2010-11 season playing professionally in Switzerland, Owen Nolan is taking another crack at the NHL -- and perhaps one more shot at a Stanley Cup --  having been signed to a tryout contract with the Vancouver Canucks. Joining him will be journeyman Todd Fedoruk, who last played for the Tampa Bay Lightning during the 2009-10 season.

The big name here is the 39-year-old Nolan, the No. 1 overall pick in the 1990 Entry Draft. In 1,200 NHL games he's scored 422 goals with the Quebec Nordiques/Colorado Avalanche, San Jose Sharks, Toronto Maple Leafs, Phoenix Coyotes, Calgary Flames and Minnesota Wild, while also picking up over 1,793 penalty minutes.

Minnesota was his last home in the NHL where he scored 16 goals in 74 games back in '09-10. It's going to be a tough roster to crack, but with injuries to Ryan Kesler and Mason Raymond that may keep them out for the start of the season, he may have a better shot to open the season if he still has something left. In 24 games with Zurich last season he scored seven goals to go with 19 assists.

Even though he was toward the end of his career with the Wild he still managed to flash some skill, like this coast-to-coast effort against Tampa Bay back in November of 2009.

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