Nolan was "NHL Coach of the Year" in 1997. He led the
Buffalo Sabres to their first Northeast Division Championship in
16 years. This award peaked a career that began in 1978 when Ted
was first drafted by the Detroit Red Wings. Nolan played professional
Hockey for eight years.
When he was with the Pittsburgh Penguins
in 1986, Nolan sustained a serious back injury that compelled him
to retire prematurely. Like a true champion, Nolan retrained, refocused
and reinvented himself; thus, he began a new career, a new life
and a new string of successes.
Ted began coaching Junior Hockey with
the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the Ontario Hockey League. As
coach for the Greyhounds, he led the team to two consecutive league
championships before winning the national title - Memorial Cup in
In 1986, Nolan launched the Ted Nolan
Anishinabe Hockey School. The week-long hockey training camps took
place in Northern Quebec, Southern Alberta and Northern Ontario.
The camps were designed for youth five to 14 years of age.
Program educational components included
hockey instruction, and physical skills and conditioning, peer pressure,
self-esteem, and diet and nutrition. Nolan has served as a national
Native Drug and Alcohol Program role model.
In 1992, Nolan was the first recipient
of Canada's Aboriginal Achievement Award, which was a personal honor
for him. Moreover, in 1993, Ted was awarded Ontario's highest honor
the "Order of Ontario" by Premier Mike Harris. The Lieutenant
General of Canada grants this prestigious award to select citizens.
Today, Nolan is the Director, Hockey Operations
and Head Coach for the Indigenous Hockey Corporation and its Team
Indigenous, and works as a professional sports consultant for the
Assembly of First Nations (Ottawa). He travels across the country
speaking to Indigenous youth about education, substance abuse and
self-esteem. Nolan also gives public motivational lectures and speeches
on team building across country and United States. Nolan has spent
a lifetime grooming himself for careers in which winning is the
ultimate measure of success. Like Midas, it seems everything Ted
Nolan touches, turns to gold - only that the touchstones are perseverance
and hard work.
Nolan was born in 1958 on the Garden River
First Nation Reserve, which is still home to him, his wife of 19
years, Sandra, and their two children Brandon and Jordan.