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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.

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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 248 187 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 214 184 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 259 206 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 237 199 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 245 224 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 231 211 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 232 208 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 217 204 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 209 201 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 198 213 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 227 248 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 212 223 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 176 209 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 183 219 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 206 257 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 153 269 54

STATS

2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
H. Zetterberg 77 17 49 -6 66
P. Datsyuk 63 26 39 12 65
T. Tatar 82 29 27 6 56
G. Nyquist 82 27 27 -11 54
J. Abdelkader 71 23 21 3 44
N. Kronwall 80 9 35 -4 44
R. Sheahan 79 13 23 -3 36
D. Helm 75 15 18 7 33
D. DeKeyser 80 2 29 11 31
S. Weiss 52 9 16 -2 25
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
J. Howard 23 13 11 .910 2.44
P. Mrazek 16 9 2 .918 2.38

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