Former Ontario Reign center Jordan Nolan became the 485th player to play in the National Hockey League after the ECHL when he made his debut with the Los Angeles Kings in a 2-1 overtime loss against the New York Islanders this past Saturday, February 11.
The 22-year-old had two penalty minutes in 14:18 of ice time for the Kings, whose line-up also included former ECHL players Dwight King and Jonathan Quick. Former ECHL player Jamie Kompon is an assistant coach with the Kings.
The Reign are the ECHL affiliate of the Kings and the Manchester Monarchs of the American Hockey League.
A seventh-round selection (186th overall) of the Kings in the 2009 NHL Entry Draft, Nolan made his professional debut with the Reign at the end of the 2009-10 season, tallying two points (1g-1a) in three games. He registered 17 points (5g-12a) and 115 penalty minutes in 75 games with Manchester last season, and prior to his recall had 22 points (9g-13a) and 119 penalty minutes in 40 games with the Monarchs this season.
Eighteen ECHL players have made their NHL debuts this season: former Florida Everblades center Mike Angelidis (Tampa Bay on Jan. 24), former Victoria Salmon Kings defenseman Jordie Benn (Dallas on Jan. 3), former Bakersfield Condors and Elmira Jackals defenseman Stu Bickel (New York Rangers on Dec. 20), former Greenville Road Warriors defenseman Marc-Andre Bourdon (Philadelphia on Nov. 21), former South Carolina Stingrays defenseman Joe Finley (Buffalo on Dec. 2), Cincinnati Cyclones goaltender Brian Foster (Florida on Feb. 4), former Victoria Salmon Kings defenseman Kris Fredheim (Minnesota on Nov. 17), former Elmira Jackals center Mike Hoffman (Ottawa on Dec. 23), former Victoria Salmon Kings goaltender Leland Irving(Calgary on Dec. 16), former Toledo and Reading center Bracken Kearns (Florida on Oct. 20), Stockton Thunder center Milan Kytnar (Edmonton on Jan. 11), former Bakersfield center Maxime Macenauer (Anaheim on Oct. 7), former Ontario Reign center Jordan Nolan (Los Angeles on Feb. 11), former Idaho Steelheads center and two-time ECHL All-Star Greg Rallo (Florida on Dec. 18), former Cincinnati Cyclones center Ryan Russell (Columbus on Jan. 7), former Reading Royals goaltender Ben Scrivens (Toronto on Nov. 3), former Cincinnati Cyclones defenseman Frederic St. Denis (Montreal on Nov. 16) and former Ontario Reign defenseman Colten Teubert (Edmonton on Nov. 3).
Four players have played in the ECHL and NHL in 2011-12: Brian Foster with Cincinnati and Florida, Milan Kytnar with Stockton and Edmonton, Peter Mannino with Chicago and Winnipeg and Allen York with Chicago and Columbus.
story courtesy of the ECHL