Owen Nolan. Olan Nowan. Buster. It doesn’t matter how you say his name or even what team he has been on, he will always be remembered as a San Jose Shark.
After being drafted by the Quebec Nordiques in 1990, he played with the team through just nine games into the 1995-96 season.
The trade to the San Jose Sharks brought in a player that gave the Bay Area a revitalized feeling of great players. Nolan’s fast skating ability and goal scoring prowess made him a fan favorite from the start. In his first season with the Sharks, Nolan 29 goals with 32 assists. However, it would be during the 1999-00 season where he would post career highs in goals (44) and assists (40).
But that’s not what fans remember about the man who was known by his teammates as Buster. No, the fans knew him for something much more.
In 1997, the National Hockey League awarded the Sharks the All-Star game after the 1994-95 season was canceled. This is where fans began to love Nolan more. During the third period of the game, and on the brink of scoring a hat trick, Nolan POINTED at goaltender Dominik Hasek and scored glove side high.
Having played for six teams over 21 years, he has a long and luxurious career. Five times the All-Star and an Olympic Gold Medalist, Nolan has played 1200 games, posted 422 goals with 463 assists.
He is set to retire from the NHL, and I would like to say that I’ve had the privilege of seeing him play. Thank you Owen Nolan for a stellar career and becoming a part of the Sharks family.
(Posted by ALH on behalf of Steph Lee)
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