Be A Player: Rewind | Owen Nolan

Owen Nolan chats transition with Craig Simpson in his first year with the San Jose Sharks. Nolan also hits EA Sports headquarters to learn a bit about player tracking alongside teammate Jamie Baker!

Owen Nolan

Drafted 1990, 1st overall (QUE)
1200 GP (QUE, COL, SJS, TOR, PHX, CGY, MIN)
5x NHL All-Star ('92, '96, '97, '00, '02)

2002 Olympic Gold Medalist (Salt Lake City)

1997 World Championship (Helsinki)

The year was 1996, the host was Paul Romanuk, and the player was Owen Nolan.

This week's episode features Owen Nolan, who in is in his first year with the club he would eventually captain, opens up about the surprise of the trade from the Colorado Avalanche and the evolution of his game since his rookie debut with the Quebec Nordiques.

Nolan chats with Craig Simpson, and also hits EA Sports headquarters to learn a bit about player tracking, at the time in its infancy, alongside teammate Jamie Baker.
 

Then and Now

Nolan's career continued to flourish in San Jose, where he eventually served as team captain for five seasons – until he was traded to the Toronto Maple Leafs mid 2002-03. 

The power forward was a five-time NHL All-Star, the most memorable of which was his appearance in 1997 where he called his shot to complete a hat trick. 


Nolan officially announced his retirement from the NHL with 1,200 games under his belt on Feb. 7, 2012, but played his final game April 4, 2010 as a member of the Minnesota Wild after having stops in Phoenix and Calgary as well.

Over his 18-season career, Nolan posted personal-bests in goals (44) and points (84)  with San Jose in 1999-2000. He posted five seasons with 30 goals or more, and six seasons producing 50 points or more. Nolan scored 206 goals in teal, a mark that ranks fifth in all-time scoring for San Jose. He scored the second most short-handed goals in franchise history (14), while his 245 assists and 451 points rank fifth and fourth respectively.

Nolan became a fan favourite among Sharks fans, and continues to make appearances as a figure in the Bay Area community. May 18, 2017, Major League Baseball's Oakland Athletics hosted Sharks Night, marked by a Sharks/Athtletics logo toque with Nolan on hand to throw out the ceremonial first pitch – which he nailed.

A's outfielder/first baseman Mark Canha was caught confessing his adoration as a youngster for Nolan in the pregame.

"You were my hero when I was growing up," Canha is overheard.

Nolan ventured into the restaurant business post-retirement, and owns two locations called Brittania Arms. He's also been keeping busy pursuing his love of fishing as the host of Sportsman 360 TV, and on the water with some quality family time.