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Ted Nolan
Ted Nolan
Right Wing
Number: 8
Height: 6' 0"
Weight: 185
Shoots: Left
Born: Apr 7, 1958
Birthplace: Sault Ste. Marie, ON, Canada
Drafted: DET / 1978 NHL Amateur Draft
Round: 5th (78th overall)
Center Ted Nolan was a fine playmaker and hard-nosed competitor who played 78 NHL games in the 1980s. He was a productive scorer in the minors and later coached in the OHL and NHL.

Born on the Garden River First Nation Reserve just outside of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Nolan was a member of the First Nations Ojibway tribe. He was a dogged computer for two years with the hometown Greyhounds of the OHA and was chosen 78th overall by the Red Wings at the 1978 amateur draft. Nolan apprenticed for three years in the minors before scoring 17 points in 41 games as a rookie with the Red Wings in 1981-82. He played briefly in Detroit two years later but was chiefly a regular on the AHL's Adirondack Red Wings during this time.

Nolan joined the Buffalo Sabres organization in 1984-85 and was an important player for their Rochester Americans farm team. He never played for the parent club and was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins where he played 18 games in 1985-86 before retiring after suffering two ruptured discs in his lower back.

An excellent motivational speaker, Nolan traveled coast to coast to address native Canadians on the importance of rising above racial taunts and believing in themselves. He returned home to coach the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL in 1988 and enrolled at Lake Superior State to study business administration. Nolan gained a solid reputation in the Soo and was named the OHL coach of the year in 1991 and helped the franchise win its first Memorial Cup in 1993.

Nolan reached the NHL in 1994-95 as an assistant coach with the Hartford Whalers. He then coached the Buffalo Sabres for two years and was presented the Jack Adams Award in 1997 after leading the club to a 40-win season. A nasty contract impasse followed and Nolan was replaced by Lindy Ruff the following year as Buffalo's bench boss. After leaving the NHL he continued with his work with the National Natives against Drug and Alcohol Abuse and his own hockey school.

Courtesy of the Hockey Hall of Fame

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 82 13 37 -15 50
D. Larkin 80 23 22 11 45
T. Tatar 81 21 24 4 45
G. Nyquist 82 17 26 -2 43
J. Abdelkader 82 19 23 -16 42
M. Green 74 7 28 -6 35
B. Richards 68 10 18 4 28
D. Helm 77 13 13 -2 26
N. Kronwall 64 3 23 -21 26
R. Sheahan 81 14 11 -8 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 27 16 6 .921 2.33
J. Howard 14 14 5 .906 2.80