Forward Jordan Nolan is currently playing for the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League. Here is a closer look at the 23-year-old native of St. Catharines, Ontario…
Right Now – Nolan has only appeared in one game for the Monarchs this season. He suffered an upper body injury in his season debut with Manchester on Oct. 12 at Providence. Nolan, however, is expected to return to the lineup soon. The Monarchs currently rank first in the Atlantic Division and are in third place in the Eastern Conference with 17 points and a record of 8-6-0-1.
Last Year – Nolan split the 2011-12 season between the Kings and the Monarchs. It marked his first NHL action, as he suited up for 26 regular season contests for Los Angeles. He also played in 40 games with Manchester during the regular season as he recorded four points (9-13=22) and 119 penalty minutes. Nolan was recalled by the Kings on Feb. 10, 2012. The Kings went 14-8-5 after his recall from Manchester.
By The Numbers – With the Kings last year, Nolan recorded the first four points of his young NHL career. He scored two goals while also recording 28 penalty minutes. Nolan scored his first career goal (was also the game-winner) Feb. 12, 2012 at Dallas (his second career NHL game). At the time of his recall, Nolan ranked second on Manchester in penalty minutes (tied for 11th in the AHL).
Playoffs – Nolan played an important role during the Kings’ historic playoff run. He played in all 20 postseason games and he scored his first career playoff goal (May 6 in the Western Conference Semifinals series clincher vs. St. Louis).
A Closer Look – Nolan is a left shot. He is regarded as a big, strong power forward with good range. He’s a very good skater, adds a physical element and is tough as nails. His skill level has improved and continues to improve. Nolan has evolved into a hard-working player.
A Look Back – The Kings selected Nolan in the seventh-round (186th overall) in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft. Nolan’s last season as an amateur player took place in 2009-10 with Sault. Ste. Marie of the Ontario Hockey League (OHL), where he ranked third on the club in goals. Nolan turned pro at the end of the 2009-10 campaign, playing three games with Ontario (ECHL). He played the entire 2010-11 season with Manchester, ranking third among club rookies in goals, assists and points.
Hometown – Nolan is from St. Catharines, Ontario. That town has also produced Brian Bellows, Bryan McCabe and Gerry Cheevers, who have all enjoyed success in the NHL. St. Catharines, known as “The Garden City,” is the largest city in Canada’s Niagara Region and the sixth largest urban area in Ontario (about 32 miles south of Toronto). St. Catharines is major area for trade and commerce since it’s located between the Greater Toronto Area and the Fort Erie-US Border.
Day With The Cup – Nolan enjoyed his day with the Stanley Cup on Aug. 20 with a special celebration in the First Nation community of Garden River, located just east of Sault, Ste. Marie, Ontario and where his parents live. Nolan hosted a parade for the community and took time to sign autographs and take pictures.
Note: Jim Fox recently posted a lengthy and informative interview that features both Dwight King and Jordan Nolan. Read that multi-part interview at www.LAKingsInsider.com.