Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Nolan Pratt
While growing up in northern Alberta during the early 1980s, Nolan Pratt played hockey, lacrosse, and soccer with considerable excitement. But between his three passions, hockey prevailed at the top of the flagpole when it came to a career of choice. Like so many Alberta boys of his day, he was glued to his TV set on Saturday nights to watch his idols, Paul Coffey and Wayne Gretzky, work their magic.

When his turn came, it was with the Portland Winter Hawks of the WHL. There, Pratt balanced strong physical play with effective playmaking skills to become a club leader in scoring from the blueline. The Hartford Whalers drafted him early on in his Portland days. And not being immediate NHL material, he continued to sharpen his blades in the WHL until he turned pro in 1995.

At that point, Pratt waded into the world of minor-league hockey, first with the Richmond Renegades of the ECHL and then the Springfield Falcons of the AHL. It wasn't until late in the 1996-97 season that he finally saw his first NHL action with the Whalers. He appeared in nine games, picking up his first two big-league assists.

He opened the following season with the New Haven Beast of the AHL where he played 54 games and then advanced to the Whalers' new incarnation in Carolina. From that point on, he became an NHL regular. He played two more complete seasons with the Hurricanes where he established himself as a physical, stay-at-home rearguard who had little to do with whatever went on in the offensive zone.

In 2000-01, Pratt was blessed by a trade that sent him to Colorado. With the Avs, he continued to perform as a reserve defender who could cover bases in his own zone. By the end of the season, he got his name inscribed on the Stanley Cup.

Pratt was traded to the Tampa Bay Lightning at the start of the 2001-02 season and continued to play a solid defensive game, while helping the Bolts capture their first Stanley Cup title in 2004 and Pratt's second as a player.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1991-92 Bonnyville Pontiacs AJHL 33 3 7 10 57
1991-92 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 22 2 9 11 13 6 1 3 4 12
1992-93 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 70 4 19 23 97 16 2 7 9 31
1993-94 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 72 4 32 36 105 10 1 2 3 14
1994-95 Portland Winter Hawks WHL 72 6 37 43 196 9 1 6 7 10
1995-96 Springfield Falcons AHL 62 2 6 8 72 2 0 0 0 0
1995-96 Richmond Renegades ECHL 4 1 0 1 2
1996-97 Hartford Whalers NHL 9 0 2 2 6 0
1996-97 Springfield Falcons AHL 66 1 18 19 127 17 0 3 3 18
1997-98 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 23 0 2 2 44 -2
1997-98 Beast of New Haven AHL 54 3 15 18 135 -5
1998-99 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 61 1 14 15 95 +15 3 0 0 0 2
1999-00 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 64 3 1 4 90 -22
2000-01 Colorado Avalanche NHL 46 1 2 3 40 +2
2001-02 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 46 0 3 3 51 -4
2002-03 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 67 1 7 8 35 -6 4 0 1 1 0
2003-04 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 58 1 3 4 42 +11 20 0 0 0 8
2004-05 EV Duisburg German-2 10 2 2 4 14 12 0 3 3 10
2005-06 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 82 0 9 9 60 +7 5 0 0 0 7
2006-07 Tampa Bay Lightning NHL 81 1 7 8 44 0 6 0 0 0 5
2007-08 Buffalo Sabres NHL 55 1 6 7 30 +1
2008-09 Amur Khabarovsk KHL 35 1 8 9 28
2009-10 Amur Khabarovsk KHL 46 2 9 11 63
2010-11 Lukko Rauma Finland 27 1 1 2 20 12 0 0 0 18
NHL Totals 592 9 56 65 537 38 0 1 1 22


Transferred to Carolina after Hartford franchise relocated, June 25, 1997. Traded to Colorado by Carolina with Carolina's 1st (Vaclav Nedorost) and 2nd (Jared Aulin) round picks in 2000 NHL Draft and Philadelphia's 2nd round pick (previously acquired, Colorado selected Agris Saviels) in 2000 NHL Draft for Sandis Ozolinsh and Columbus' 2nd round pick (previously acquired, Carolina selected Tomas Kurka) in 2000 NHL Draft, June 24, 2000. Traded to Tampa Bay by Colorado for Los Angeles' 6th round pick (previously acquired, Colorado selected Scott Horvath) in 2001 NHL Draft, June 24, 2001. Signed as a free agent by Duisburg (German-2), January 15, 2005. Signed as a free agent by Buffalo, November 1, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Khabarovsk (KHL), October 10, 2008.
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