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Owen Nolan retires a San Jose Shark

Feb 7, 2012, 5:57 PM EDT

After 18 seasons and 1200 games played, Owen Nolan has retired in teal.

The gritty 39-year-old power forward signed a one-day contract with San Jose on Tuesday, followed by a press conference announcing his retirement and celebrating his career:

San Jose made the playoffs in five of Nolan’s eight seasons in the Bay Area, including a huge upset of the Presidents Trophy-winning St. Louis Blues in 2000. He ranks second on the franchise leaderboard in goals (206) and power-play goals (75) and third in assists (245) and points (451).

The press conference was a who’s who of former and current franchise greats. Four of San Jose’s eight captains — Nolan, Doug Wilson, Patrick Marleau and Joe Thorton — were in attendance, along with a number of Nolan’s ex-teammates, including Dave Lowry, Mike Ricci and Jarome Iginla (the two won gold together for Team Canada at the 2002 Winter Olympics.)

An emotional Nolan choked back tears while addressing the audience, thanking his friends, family, teammates, the San Jose organization and all the Sharks supporters.

“To all the fans, without you guys there are no sports,” Nolan said. “Thank you very much.”

  1. finfan88shark - Feb 7, 2012 at 6:15 PM

    What a crock, that when the greatest Sharks player in team history announces his retirement. CSN BayArea brings fishing instead of the press conference. What a joke.

    Thank you Owen for the great memories the All Star Game, the playoff victories, and the way you played it was awesome.

  2. sergio408 - Feb 7, 2012 at 6:22 PM

    had to watch this on instead of on CSN, but they are to suppose to be the Sharks broadcasting network enough venting, thanks for memories Owen glad you could retire in teal!

  3. jrod691 - Feb 7, 2012 at 6:40 PM

    If locker room chemistry meant nothing, GMs would want every roster spot filled with a guy like Nolan.

  4. sjsharksfan11 - Feb 7, 2012 at 10:01 PM

    Best player to ever wear a Sharks uniform. 11 should be retired

  5. jpelle82 - Feb 8, 2012 at 2:35 PM

    i thought he was retired already

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