Nolan Pratt ( born August 14, 1975 in Fort McMurray, Alberta ) is a retired Canadian professional ice hockey defender and current coach, who during his active career, among others, for the Hartford Whalers, Carolina Hurricanes, Colorado Avalanche, Tampa Bay Lightning and Buffalo Sabres National Hockey League was active. His brother Harlan is also a professional hockey player.
Nolan Pratt began his career with the Portland Winter Hawks of the Western Hockey League. During the NHL Entry Draft in 1993, he was selected in the fifth round to 115th place out of the Hartford Whalers, but played until 1995 for the Winter Hawks. He then played in the farm team of the Whalers, the Springfield Falcons in the AHL before he made his debut in the National Hockey League during the 1996/97 season. In 1997, the Whalers moved to South Carolina and have been renamed to Carolina Hurricanes. Pratt played until the end of the season 1999/2000 for the Hurricanes, before he was released in June 2000 in a swap deal to the Colorado Avalanche. The Hurricanes received in return Sandis Ozoliòš and a second-round draft pick, while the Avalanche next to Pratt got a Erstrundenpick and two second-round picks.
After only one year in Colorado, he was transferred in June 2001 against a sixth- round draft pick to the Tampa Bay Lightning. With the Lightning, he could win the Stanley Cup at the end of the season 2003 /04. During the lockout in the 2004/ 05 NHL season Pratt was obliged to end the season from EV Duisburg and was able to celebrate with the foxes, the championship of the 2nd Bundesliga. After this success, he returned to Tampa.
Two years later, he received a new contract in Tampa and was taken in November 2007 by the Sabres under contract, because at that time many regular defender of the Sabres were injured.
He spent the following two years with Amur Khabarovsk of the Kontinental Hockey League before he was hired in November 2010 by Lukko Rauma of the Finnish SM- liiga. In summer 2011, Pratt decided to end his playing career and was hired as assistant coach of the Springfield Falcons of the AHL.
Awards and achievements
- 2001 Stanley Cup win with the Colorado Avalanche
- 2004 Stanley Cup win with the Tampa Bay Lightning