Tony Chapman interviewed Ted Nolan at a conference he hosted for the Coffee Association of Canada. As Tony got off the stage, deeply moved and inspired by all he had heard, he told himself he had to turn Ted’s story into a radio show and podcast so more Canadians could feel the same way about this incredible human being.
Ted Nolan was born into a large family on the Garden River First Nation in Northern Ontario. His first pair of hand-me-down skates were so big he had to stuff rainboots inside. He is the third-youngest of 12 children who grew up in a home without electricity or plumbing.
Family values and a family-first credo have always guided Ted. He credits his mother for giving him pride in his heritage and the confidence to dream big and follow those dreams.
Ted’s favourite expression is: “Hockey is what I do, not who I am.” He made it to the NHL with passion, skill, and grit. He then used what he learned as a player to become a successful and decorated coach, including winning the NHL’s Coach of the Year.
This episode touches on Ted Nolan’s hockey career, his relationship with his community, his love for his sons — who also made it to the NHL — and what the ‘Three Nolans” are doing to serve First Nation Communities across Canada.
Don’t miss this episode filled with great takeaways for those who want to make their own dreams come true.
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