Owen Nolan, one of the greatest players in San Jose Sharks franchise history, was inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame on Wednesday.
Here is his plaque, courtesy of Nolan himself:
— Owen Nolan (@OwenNolan11) May 7, 2014
He was inducted along with former A’s manager Tony La Russa, former Giants owner Bob Lurie, Olympian Jim Hines and De La Salle High School football coach Bob Ladouceur. Nolan has the honor of being the first hockey player to earn a spot in the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame.
The first overall pick in the 1990 Entry Draft, is third in Sharks’ franchise history with 451 points. He spent much of his prime in San Jose after being traded from the Avalanche to the Sharks in 1995. Nolan, who was the team captain from 1998-2003, eclipsed the 20-goal mark six out of his eight seasons in San Jose, including a 44-goal performance during the 1999-2000 season. That same season, the Sharks pulled off an incredible upset in the postseason as an eighth-seed, beating the first-seeded Blues in seven games. Nolan scored the game-winning goal in Game 7, rocketing a slapshot from center ice past Blues’ goalie Roman Turek.
Nolan retired as a Shark in 2012. He spent his two final NHL seasons with the Wild, and played in his last game in 2010.