Nolan signs with Blues

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After spending the 2017-2018 season with the last place Buffalo Sabres, former Soo Greyhounds forward Jordan Nolan will be suiting up for a new National Hockey League team this October.  It was announced on Thursday that the St. Louis Blues have signed the free agent forward to a one-year, two way contact worth $650, 000 at the National Hockey League level.

Last September, the 29 year old was claimed off waivers by the Buffalo Sabres after spending six seasons with the Los Angeles Kings. In his first season with the Kings during 2011-2012, Nolan helped the Kings capture their first ever Stanley Cup title.

He was also teammates with former Soo Greyhounds captain Jeff Carter on that Kings team.

Two seasons later, the Garden River, Ontario product helped the Kings capture their second Stanley Cup title.

That year (2014), he was also teammates with a pair of former Soo Greyhound captains, including forward Jeff Carter and defenceman Jake Muzzin.

Nolan and Muzzin were also teammates on the Soo Greyhounds from 2008-2010.

During the 2017-2018 season with the Sabres, Nolan had 4 goals and 8 points in 69 regular season games and led the team in penalty minutes (69).

The Sabres, not to mention, were coached by his father and former Soo Greyhounds head coach Ted Nolan just three seasons ago.

This season in Buffalo, Nolan also played on the same team as former Soo Greyhounds goaltender Robin Lehner.

Nolan and Lehner were also teammates for one year on the Soo Greyhounds during 2009-2010.

That was also the same year the Hounds had the Ontario Hockey League’s first overall pick Daniel Catenacci.

Catenacci, not to mention, has only played in 12 National Hockey League games, including 11 with the Buffalo Sabres back in the 2015-2016 season.

Back in the 2008 offseason, Nolan came over to the Hounds from the Windsor Spitfires in exchange for forward Jacob Lalonde and an eighth round draft pick in 2009.

In his first season with the Hounds in 2008-2009, Nolan had 16 goals and 43 points in 64 regular season games.

He also led the Hounds in penalty minutes (158), overtime goals (3), and finished tied in game winning goals (3) with teammates Jake Carrick and captain Matt Lyall.

Following that 2008-2009 season, when the Hounds finished in last place in the Ontario Hockey League, Nolan, as a 20 year old, was drafted by the Los Angeles Kings in the 7th round (186th overall) at the 2009 NHL Entry Draft.

Nolan then returned to the Hounds as an overage for the 2009-2010 season, where he scored 23 goals and set up 25 others in 49 regular season games.

In 361 career regular season games in the National Hockey League, the two-time Stanley Cup champion has 24 goals and 50 points and 333 penalty minutes.

The Blues will be Nolan’s third team in his National Hockey League career.

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Matt Stefano
Matt had graduated from Sault College in the General Arts and Sciences program in 2011 and has been working in the sports field ever since. The Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario native has worked as an Athletics Assistant in the Sault College Athletics Department during his final year of school in 2011. After graduating, Stefano worked for two years at the George Leach Centre from 2011-2013 for the Algoma University Thunderbirds Varsity Basketball Games as an Athletics Assistant. From 2013 on, Stefano has been working as the Soo Thunderbirds communications person and has also been volunteering with Shaw TV Sault Ste. Marie since 2014, doing Soo Thunderbirds TV Segments.

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