“When your body won’t do what your mind and your heart is willing to do, it’s time to move on.”
Those words coming from Owen Nolan Tuesday when he officially called it a career. The Ontario forward made the announcement in San Jose where he played eight of his 18 seasons in the NHL.
Not only could the almost 40-year-old score goals, but he could drop the gloves too.
Nolan never won the Holy Grail, however, he did win the respect of many players and fans around the hockey world. Mike Ricci told ESPN.com, “In the dressing room, he was very intense. He didn’t like anyone messing with his routine. He was all about winning and as a teammate you appreciate that.” As Nolan wrapped up the news conference he had a message for the up and comers. “1,200 games may seem like a lot but it goes by awfully fast. So enjoy every minute of it.”