Born: Belfast, Ireland.
DOB: Feb. 12, 1972 (29). Height: 6-1, Weight: 210. Shoots: Right. NHL team: San Jose Sharks.
International history: Won a gold medal with Canada at the 1997 world championships.
What he brings: Nolan's primary strength in his ability to play it all ways. One of the league's most feared wingers, Nolan can play it tough in a physical game, but he also has good enough skills - skating, shooting - to play in a finesse game. A triggerman, Nolan usually plays his best hockey with a playmaking centre.
Career highlights: The first player chosen in the 1990 entry draft, he is the Sharks' all-time leading goalscorer. Played in four NHL all-star games (1992, 1996, 1997 and 2001). Twice a 40-goal scorer and three times a 30-goal scorer.