Glens Falls, NY –The Adirondack Thunder, proud ECHL affiliate of the Calgary Flames, announced today that Ted Nolan and Dave Hanson will be inducted into the Adirondack Hockey Hall of Fame on Sunday, February 28, at the Thunder’s home game against the Reading Royals.
Nolan and Hanson were selected from a pool of five nominees, including Dale Krentz, Shawn Weller and Erin Whitten. The nominees were selected by the four-person selection committee, composed of chairman Doug Burch, former trainer and Adirondack Hockey Hall of Fame member Doug Casey, former Daily Gazette sports writer Mike Kane and Saratogian sportswriter Paul Post. The committee’s votes made up four of the five required votes, while the fan vote made up the fifth and final vote.
The ceremony will take place on Sunday, February 28, as the Thunder take on Reading at 3:00 p.m. Prior to puck drop, there will be a reception in Heritage Hall, beginning at 1:30 p.m., where the inductees will be on hand to speak to the honor of joining the Adirondack Hockey Hall of Fame. The reception is open to the public and will include a question and answer segment with the inductees. The reception costs $5 to attend and will include food and refreshments. The two inductees will then receive their plaques in an on-ice ceremony during the first intermission.
Nolan, 57, skated five seasons with the Adirondack Red Wings from 1979-1984 and ranks in the Top 10 in Red Wings history in games played (299, ninth), goals (84, tenth), assists (126, ninth) and points (210, eighth). After he finished his professional career, which also included 78 games in the NHL with Pittsburgh and Detroit, Nolan began his coaching career with the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds of the OHL, where he won league championships in 1990-91 and 1991-92. Nolan would go on to coach in the NHL with the Buffalo Sabres, where he won the Jack Adams Award for the NHL’s best coach in 1997, and with the New York Islanders. Nolan has also coached Team Latvia, which he led to an eighth place finish at the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Sochi, Russia, the highest finish in the program’s history.
Hanson, 61, was a fan favorite in his time with the Adirondack Red Wings and played two full seasons in Glens Falls, where he earned 66 points (22-44–66) with 473 penalty minutes over 152 games played as a defenseman from 1980 to 1982. Hanson’s 267 penalty minutes in the 1980-81 season rank tied for fifth in the AHL. Hanson was a member of the 1981 Calder Cup championship team, the first in Red Wings franchise history. Hanson also played the role of Jack Hanson in the 1977 hockey film “Slap Shot.”
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