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Ted Nolan

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Ted Nolan was drafted by Detroit in 1978. For six seasons, he alternated between the Red Wings and their various minor organizations. He was traded to Buffalo but never for the major team. He was then traded to Pittsburgh but ruptured two discs in his back before he could make an impact. He became head coach of the OHL’s Soo Greyhounds, was named OHL Coach of the Year in 1991 and led them to a Memorial Cup win in 1993. He became an assistant with the Hartford Whalers and then became Buffalo’s head coach in 1995. Nolan won the Jack Adams trophy but a nasty contract dispute with the Sabres meant that he was replaced. Strangely, Nolan did not get a coaching job until 2005 when he became head coach of the QMJHL’s Moncton Wildcats. Nolan continues to speak to Native Canadians about the dangers of drug and alcohol abuse.