Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Nolan Baumgartner
Nolan Baumgartner won just about every trophy a defenceman can win on his way to the NHL, often twice. His Kamloops Blazers won the Memorial Cup in consecutive years, 1994 and 1995, and he was a tournament all-star both years. The Canadian Major Junior Defenceman of the Year in 1995, Baumgartner won gold at the World Junior Championships that year and then captained Team Canada in 1996 earning another world junior title and picking up a berth on the tournament all-star team for good measure.

The hulking defenceman was drafted 10th overall in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft by the Washington Capitala, but in the ensuing years he has not lived up to the expectations the Capitals had imagined. In four years in the Washington system, Baumgartner played only 18 games, skating mostly with the Caps AHL affiliate in Portland until a trade to Chicago in the summer of 2000.

Upon his arrival with the Blackhawks, Baumgartner once again spent the majority of his playing time in the AHL with the Norfolk Admirals. After parts of two seasons with the Blackhawk organization, the former Blazer was claimed by the Vancouver Canucks and one year later was claimed by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the Waiver Draft. Once in Pittsburgh, Baumgartner didn't get an opportunity to show off his skills for long as he was re-acquired by the Canucks not to long after arriving with the Pens.

Upon his return to Vancouver, Baumgartner was sent to the Canuck's AHL affiliate in Manitoba where he was named Captain. The following season he would become a regular with the Canucks seeing action in 70 games.

Following his stint with the Canucks, Baumgartner was signed as a free agent by the Philadelphia Flyers on July 1, 2006. He would split his 2006-07 season with the Flyers and their AHL affiliate before being placed on waivers by the club in late February. The gritty Calgary, Alberta native was then claimed off waivers by the Dallas Stars on February 24, 2007.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1991-92 Calgary Flames AMHL 39 11 29 40 40
1992-93 Kamloops Blazers WHL 43 0 5 5 30 11 1 1 2 0
1993-94 Kamloops Blazers WHL 69 13 42 55 109 19 3 14 17 33
1993-94 Kamloops Blazers M-Cup 4 0 2 2 4
1994-95 Kamloops Blazers WHL 62 8 36 44 71 21 4 13 17 16
1994-95 Canada WJC-A 7 0 1 1 4
1994-95 Kamloops Blazers M-Cup 4 0 6 6 6
1995-96 Kamloops Blazers WHL 28 13 15 28 45 16 1 9 10 26
1995-96 Canada WJC-A 6 1 1 2 22
1995-96 Washington Capitals NHL 1 0 0 0 0 -1 1 0 0 0 10
1996-97 Portland Pirates AHL 8 2 2 4 4 -6
1997-98 Washington Capitals NHL 4 0 1 1 0 0
1997-98 Portland Pirates AHL 70 2 24 26 70 -12 10 1 4 5 10
1998-99 Washington Capitals NHL 5 0 0 0 0 -3
1998-99 Portland Pirates AHL 38 5 14 19 62 -16
1999-00 Washington Capitals NHL 8 0 1 1 2 +1
1999-00 Portland Pirates AHL 71 5 18 23 56 -2 4 1 2 3 10
2000-01 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 8 0 0 0 6 -4
2000-01 Norfolk Admirals AHL 63 5 28 33 75 +5 9 2 3 5 11
2001-02 Norfolk Admirals AHL 76 10 24 34 72 +1 4 0 1 1 2
2002-03 Vancouver Canucks NHL 8 1 2 3 4 +4 2 0 0 0 0
2002-03 Manitoba Moose AHL 59 8 31 39 82 +15 1 0 0 0 4
2003-04 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 5 0 0 0 2 -7
2003-04 Vancouver Canucks NHL 9 0 3 3 2 +3
2003-04 Manitoba Moose AHL 55 6 21 27 101 -2
2004-05 Manitoba Moose AHL 78 9 30 39 51 -5 14 0 4 4 10
2005-06 Vancouver Canucks NHL 70 5 29 34 30 +11
2006-07 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 6 0 1 1 21 0
2006-07 Philadelphia Phantoms AHL 51 6 20 26 46 -8
2006-07 Dallas Stars NHL 7 0 2 2 0 0
2007-08 Iowa Stars AHL 56 5 13 18 47 -8
2007-08 Manitoba Moose AHL 18 0 6 6 10 +8 3 0 1 1 4
2008-09 Manitoba Moose AHL 72 11 22 33 50 +16 22 0 5 5 22
2009-10 Vancouver Canucks NHL 12 1 1 2 2 +7 1 0 0 0 0
2009-10 Manitoba Moose AHL 37 3 9 12 22 -9
2010-11 Manitoba Moose AHL 66 4 25 29 36 -3 14 0 3 3 10
2011-12 Chicago Wolves AHL 60 2 20 22 31 +3 5 0 2 2 2
NHL Totals 143 7 40 47 69 4 0 0 0 10


Memorial Cup Tournement All-Star Team (1994, 1995)
WHL West First All-Star Team (1995, 1996)
Canadian Major Junior First All-Star Team (1995)
Canadian Major Junior Defenseman of the Year (1995)
WJC-A All-Star Team (1996)
Traded to Chicago by Washington for Remi Royer, July 20, 2000. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, July 11, 2002. Claimed by Pittsburgh from Vancouver in Waiver Draft, October 3, 2003. Claimed on waivers by Vancouver from Pittsburgh, November 1, 2003. Signed as a free agent by Philadelphia, July 1, 2006. Claimed on waivers by Dallas from Philadelphia, February 24, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Vancouver, July 2, 2008. Officially announced his retirement, July 4, 2012.
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