02/06/2014 10:13 AM
Student Prince Cafe and Fort Restaurant present Throwback Thursday: Nolan Pratt
Springfield Falcons assistant coach Nolan Pratt played two seasons with the club from 1995-1997, totaling 27 points (three goals, 24 assists), 199 penalty minutes and a +3 rating in 128 games. He also appeared in 19 playoff games with the Falcons, tallying three assists and 18 penalty minutes. Pratt was part of the 1996-97 club that reached the Conference Finals, the deepest in the postseason any Falcons team has played.
A native of Fort McMurray, Alberta, Pratt went on to play 592 games at the NHL level, amassing 65 points (nine goals, 56 assists), 537 penalty minutes and a +2 rating. Twice, he was part of a Stanley Cup-champion team, hoisting the trophy with the 2000-01 Colorado Avalanche and the 2003-04 Tampa Bay Lightning. Pratt played with current Falcons head coach Brad Larsen during the 2000-01 campaign with Colorado.
In addition to the Avalanche and Lightning, the former defenseman’s NHL career also consisted of stints with the Hartford Whalers, Carolina Hurricanes and Buffalo Sabres. He also played one season for the AHL’s New Haven Beast, 10 games during the NHL lockout in 2004 with Germany’s Duisburb EV, two seasons with Khabarovsk Amur of the KHL and one with Lukko Rauma of SM-liiga, Finland’s elite league.
Nolan Pratt is currently in his third season as an assistant coach with the Falcons, beginning his coaching career at the start of the 2011-12 campaign.