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Ted Nolan

Born:April 7, 1958Draft:1978 Red Wings #78 Overall
Hometown:Garden River, OntarioPosition:LW
Known For:Jack Adams AwardShoots/Catches:Left
National Team:CanadaCurrent Status:Inactive

Theodore John Nolan (born April 7, 1958) is a Canadian former professional hockey left winger, former head coach of the Buffalo Sabres and Latvia men’s national ice hockey team. From July 2017 until May 2018, he was head coach of Poland’s men’s national ice hockey team. He played three seasons in the National Hockey League for the Detroit Red Wings and the Pittsburgh Penguins. He also coached the New York Islanders after serving as an assistant coach for one season with the Hartford Whalers. On November 13, 2013, the Buffalo Sabres re-hired Nolan as interim head coach; he remained in the position until April 12, 2015. He is a member of the Ojibwe tribe, a First Nations people.

Years as an NHL player: 1981-1986

Years as an NHL coach: 1995 -1997; 2006-2008 & 2013-2015.

Ted Nolan
Ted Nolan with the Buffalo Sabres. © Dan Hickling

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Coaching History

  • Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds ( Head Coach) 1988 – 1994
  • Hartford Whalers (Asst. Coach) 1994-95
  • Buffalo Sabres (Head Coach) 1995 – 1997
  • Moncton Wild Cats (Head Coach) 2005-06
  • New York Islanders (Head Coach) 2006 – 2008
  • Latvian Men’s National Ice Hockey Team (Head Coach) 2011 – 2014
  • Buffalo Sabres (Head Coach) 2013 – 2015
  • Polish Men’s National Ice Hockey Team (Head Coach) 2017


  • 1992-93 Memorial Cup Champion (Coach – Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds)
  • 1994 National Aboriginal Achievement Award (now the Indspire Awards)
  • 1996-97 Jack Adams Award Winner
  • 2005-06 President’s Cup winner (Coach – Moncton Wildcats)