March 21, 1929|
Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada
September 29, 1986 (aged 57)|
Clinton, New York, USA
|Height||6 ft 2 in (188 cm)|
|Weight||210 lb (95 kg; 15 st 0 lb)|
Louisville Shooting Stars
Nolan started the 1955-56 season as a member of the Clinton Comets. On November 7, 1955, Nolan was signed by the Clinton Comets after defenceman Jim Johnson was waived from the team. Nolan finished the season leading the league in penalty minutes with 352 PIMs. Nolan's 352 PIMs were a league record and also marked the first time that a player accumulated over 300 penalty minutes in a season. Nolan's staggering penalty minutes gave him an unofficial reward for most individual penalty minutes in a season, which he won back to back years in 1955-1956 and 1956-1957.
On December 12, 1956, Nolan was released from the Clinton Comets. At the time, Nolan led the league in penalty minutes. Upon his release, Nolan was signed by the Johnstown Jets which he then only play five playoff games before retiring.
—Jim Carr, Charlestown Chiefs play-by-play announcer describing Clarence Swamptown, the character that was played by Joe Nolan in Slap Shot
Nolan would assume the role of Clarence "Screaming Buffalo" Swamptown, a player who Chiefs players thought "was suspended forever" until he was introduced at the Federal League championship game. In real life, Nolan was not suspended for life - or at all - due to misconduct. Some of the promotional material for Slap Shot, specifically statements made by the Carlson brothers and Dave Hanson, suggested that Nolan had been banned for life from pro hockey "for some reason." Nolan was investigated for gambling, but was not suspended. If he had been suspended for life as the promotional material stated, he would have been ineligible to work as an official, which he did for a number of years after his retirement.
Nolan was a full-blooded Ojibwa Indian. He came from a large family of four brothers and five sisters, the son of Clement and Veronica Nolan.
Upon retiring from the EHL, Nolan returned to Clinton, New York to reside, but eventually came back to the Eastern Hockey League as a linesman who was respected by players Nolan would continue to reside there until his death in 1986.
- Eastern Hockey League Transactions Page
- From Atlantic City To Toronto: The Boardwalk Trophy and the Eastern Hockey League
- "EHL All Star Teams and Awards". theehl.com. Retrieved 2017-03-24.
- "Joe Nolan (b.1929) hockey statistics and profile at hockeydb.com". www.hockeydb.com. Retrieved 2017-03-24.
- IMDB Slap Shot Quote Page
- Old-time Hockey Indeed By Jeff Merron - Special to Page 2. http://www.espn.com/page2/s/closer/020501.html Retrieved 2017-12-16.
- IMDB: Joe Nolan Biography Page