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.
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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?