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Owen Nolan calls Sharks loss ‘disheartening’

May 11, 2014, 10:46 AM EDT

Dan Boyle, Brad Stuart, Justin Braun AP

Former San Jose Sharks great Owen Nolan was recently inducted into the Bay Area Sports Hall of Fame. After eight seasons with the Sharks, he’s a guy who has strong ties to the team and community. He’s also a guy with opinions.

As Dan Brown of the San Jose Mercury News shares in an interview with Nolan, he’s feeling down about seeing the Sharks lose in seven games to the Los Angeles Kings, especially after holding a 3-0 lead.

I am surprised. I really thought this year we were going to make a really solid run at it, especially when they get up three-games-to-none. To lose four straight, it was disheartening,” Nolan said. “Everybody will have their opinion. Nobody really knows what went wrong except for inside the organization.”

Hearing a Sharks alum like Nolan call their latest playoff departure “disheartening” is like hearing it from a disappointed parent.

You know Nolan loves the team and wants to see the best for them (he was team captain for a bit) but coming up short when they were so close to finishing it off and moving on hits him right in the emotional wheelhouse.

For the record, Nolan knew a thing or two about coming up big in a big spot for the Sharks. Just ask Roman Turek…

  1. Jeff - May 11, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    Living out in the Bay Area at that time I remember that game and that Nolan goal :)

  2. hosewater2 - May 11, 2014 at 11:46 AM

    Just can’t get enough sharkchoke2014 stories.

  3. sw19womble - May 11, 2014 at 12:29 PM

    The Sharks should count themselves lucky that Nolan is merely “disappointed” and didn’t just take them out behind the woodshed and spank their asses silly.

  4. Wineshard - May 11, 2014 at 1:12 PM

    That draft he was in had a pretty good top 5.

  5. sjsharksfan11 - May 11, 2014 at 2:17 PM

    Nolan to this day has been the only real captain the Sharks have ever had. I miss his intensity, his grit, his heart, and all the memories he brought. Growing up he made hockey for me enjoyable.

  6. nothanksimdriving123 - May 11, 2014 at 3:53 PM

    Watching that clip, and listening, I sure miss Bill Clement. Never needed the mute button like now with Eddie and Pierre. Aach, zee olden days.

    • storminator16 - May 12, 2014 at 1:35 PM

      I’ll never understand the love-fest for Thorne/Clement. They weren’t really that good.

      • nothanksimdriving123 - May 12, 2014 at 2:42 PM

        Actually, I have no great love for Thorne, who I still hear doing Orioles games. I like him OK, though he seems to always have at least one player’s name he can never pronounce properly. As for Bill Clement, it’s not so much how much I enjoyed him as it is how annoying I find Pierre and Eddie.

  7. blomfeld - May 12, 2014 at 2:32 AM

    Who wants yesterday’s papers ?

  8. paulerhythm - May 12, 2014 at 7:17 PM

    As the series loss is devestating, it will take a long while to get over it. But, eventually, you will leave it behind and move forward. Chin up, Shark fans! You haven’t heard the last of these guys. They’ll make you proud!

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