- By Amanda Wheatley
Ted Nolan made a stop in Sioux Lookout on October 26th. He met with the local Hockey Canada Skills Academy to talk with students about his experiences.
Steve Dumonski and Jason MacMillan organized the hour-long visit with Nolan. Both are teachers and coaches for the KPBSB Hockey Skills Academy.
After discovering Nolan was going to be in Sioux Lookout and the surrounding area Dumonski and Macmillan arranged to have him visit the Grade 5-12 students in the program at the arena during the lunch hour.
Nolan talked to the students about the pathway his life has taken and the opportunities he made for himself coming from a small community. He emphasized the ability to take limited resources and turn them into channels for success.
The students learned how the events in Nolan’s youth helped shaped the man he is today. Afterwards, Nolan met with the students individually and was able to watch the end of their on-ice session before leaving for Lac Seul.
Nolan has long been a voice for Aboriginal engagement in hockey and runs 3 Nolans with his two sons. The program provides public speaking opportunities and hockey coaching for Northern communities.
Ted Nolan is a former NHL player and coach of the Buffalo Sabres. He was the recipient of the 1996-97 Jack Adams Award for coaching, as well as the 1994 National Aboriginal Achievement Award.