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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
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2 FLA 54 32 16 6 150 122 70
3 NYR 54 31 18 5 153 135 67
4 DET 54 28 18 8 136 132 64
5 NYI 52 28 18 6 145 129 62
6 TBL 53 29 20 4 140 127 62
7 BOS 53 28 19 6 153 146 62
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10 MTL 55 27 24 4 147 145 58
11 CAR 54 24 21 9 130 142 57
12 OTT 55 25 24 6 154 169 56
13 PHI 52 23 20 9 122 137 55
14 BUF 54 21 27 6 124 146 48
15 CBJ 55 21 28 6 137 170 48
16 TOR 52 19 24 9 120 144 47

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2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
D. Larkin 53 18 20 26 38
H. Zetterberg 54 10 27 4 37
T. Tatar 53 16 17 0 33
G. Nyquist 54 14 16 0 30
P. Datsyuk 39 8 21 13 29
J. Abdelkader 54 14 13 -3 27
M. Green 46 4 17 -7 21
N. Kronwall 45 3 14 -10 17
B. Richards 40 5 11 7 16
D. DeKeyser 50 7 8 13 15
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
P. Mrazek 21 10 4 .934 1.94
J. Howard 7 8 4 .904 2.89