Nolan Pratt is beginning his fifth season with the Avalanche after being named an assistant coach on July 15, 2016.
Pratt's duties with the team include overseeing the defense and penalty kill. From Feb. 1 through the end of the 2019-20 regular season, the Avs' penalty kill ranked fifth in the league (87.1%), including an 11-game stretch from Feb. 15 to March 6 in which it did not allow a power-play goal, equaling the longest such run in franchise history. Defensively, the 2019-20 Avs surrendered the sixth fewest goals-per-game in the NHL (2.71). It was the club's best ranking in that category since 2001-02 (2.06, 1st). During Pratt's second season in 2017-18, Colorado set an NHL record for the fewest power-play goals allowed on home ice (10).
The 2016-17 campaign was Pratt's first behind the bench in the NHL after spending five seasons as an assistant coach in the American Hockey League with the Lake Erie Monsters (2015-16) and the Springfield Falcons (2011-15). Pratt, 44, helped guide the Monsters to the 2016 Calder Cup as AHL champions and has coached alongside current Avalanche head coach Jared Bednar since the two served as assistant coaches for Springfield during the 2012-13 campaign.
A native of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Pratt spent 11 seasons in the NHL, playing 592 games with Hartford/Carolina, Colorado, Tampa Bay and Buffalo. He was a member of the Avalanche's 2001 Stanley Cup championship team, and also won a Cup as a member of the Lightning in 2003-04. Selected by the Whalers in the fifth round (115th overall) of the 1993 Entry Draft, Pratt finished with 65 points (nine goals, 56 assists) and 537 penalty minutes during his career, which included three points (one goal, two assists) in 46 games during his lone season with the Avs in 2000-01.
Nolan and his wife, Deborah, have two daughters, Ella (17) and Kira (11)