Kings Set Their Sights on Crawford
Former Vancouver Canucks head coach Marc Crawford is expected to be hired as the Kings’ coach, two league sources said, with the deal anticipated to be in place by Monday.
How about someone hiring Ted Nolan? What did he do that was so wrong to never work in hockey hockey again? Anybody?
Following his departure from Buffalo, Nolan was offered NHL coaching jobs in 1997 by the Tampa Bay Lightning (head coach) and in 1998 by the New York Islanders (assistant coach). Nolan declined on both offers. He has not been offered an NHL coaching job since then and speculations as to why range from outright racism to a perceived fear that Nolan is a “GM Killer” based on his acrimonious working relationship with former boss Muckler.
In 2003, Nolan was in talks to become the coach for the Toronto Toros of the new World Hockey Association, but it never got past talks, and the new WHA never formed. As of this time he has not since been hired again in the NHL, but on 26 April 2005, he was hired as the coach and director of hockey operations for the Moncton Wildcats of the Quebec Major Junior Hockey League. The Wildcats will be hosting the 2006 Memorial Cup.
On December 16, 2005, Nolan was the victim of racist harassment during a Wildcats road game against the Chicoutimi Sagueneens. Fans in the stands shouted racial slurs at him and directed gestures such as the “tomahawk chop” and shooting a bow and arrow towards him as he stood behind the Moncton bench. Fans continued to taunt Nolan outside the arena after the game as he boarded the team bus with his players. The incident, he said later, left him shaking with anger and humiliation; while the fans’ behaviour was condemned both by the QMJHL commissioner and Sagueneens management, Nolan felt that he had still to receive a formal apology from the Chicoutimi organization. As a result of the events that transpired in Chicoutimi, he referred to the Saguenay Region as being the “Alabama” of the QMJHL.
Thanks for the update! “Alabama”, that’s funny.
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