Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Brian Noonan
Right-winger Brian Noonan was a multi-faceted player during his twelve years in the NHL. He was a tireless forechecker and was utilized on the power play and penalty killing units.

The native of Boston, Massachusetts was a standout at Archbishop Williams High for two years. He was chosen 186th overall by the Chicago Black Hawks at the 1983 Entry Draft then headed to Western Canada to play a year with the New Westminster Bruins. After a 50-goal season in the WHL he scored 39 goals with the IHL's Saginaw Generals during his first pro season in 1985-86. Noonan played one more year in the AHL with the Nova Scotia Oilers of the IHL before making the Hawks out of training camp in 1987.

The hard working forward scored 30 points as a rookie but saw his ice time decrease over the next three seasons. Noonan spent the better part of two years as a top scorer on the Indianapolis Ice of the IHL where he was voted on to the IHL second all-star team in 190 and First team in 1991. He regained his place in the NHL under coach Mike Keenan in 1991-92. That season Noonan scored a career best 19 goals then scored 15 points in 18 playoff games when Chicago reached the Stanley Cup finals for the first time since 1973. He continued to be a regular on the close-checking Hawks until he was sent to the New York Rangers with Stephane Matteau for scorer Tony Amonte at the trading deadline in March 1994.

Noonan arrived on Manhattan just in time to play a part in the Rangers' first Stanley Cup win in 54 years. He scored 14 goals the next season when the team struggled to make the playoffs then signed as a free agent with the St. Louis Blues in July 1995. Noonan scored 13 goals and helped the Blues come within a game of reaching the semi-finals. In 1996-97 he started in St. Louis but was traded back to the Rangers for half the year then joined the Vancouver Canucks a few days before the trade deadline in March. He played a regular shift there in 1997-98 but lost his place when the Canucks went with more youth at forward the next season. Noonan spent most of the 1998-99 season in Indianapolis then signed with the Phoenix Coyotes in March as they prepared for the post-season.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1982-83 Archbishop Williams High High-MA 21 26 17 43
1983-84 Archbishop Williams High High-MA 17 14 23 37
1984-85 New Westminster Bruins WHL 72 50 66 116 76 11 8 7 15 4
1985-86 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 2 0 0 0 0
1985-86 Saginaw Generals IHL 76 39 39 78 69 11 6 3 9 6
1986-87 Nova Scotia Oilers AHL 70 25 26 51 30 5 3 1 4 4
1987-88 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 77 10 20 30 44 -27 3 0 0 0 4
1988-89 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 45 4 12 16 28 -2 1 0 0 0 0
1988-89 Saginaw Hawks IHL 19 18 13 31 36 1 0 0 0 0
1989-90 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 8 0 2 2 6 0
1989-90 Indianapolis Ice IHL 56 40 36 76 85 14 6 9 15 20
1990-91 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 7 0 4 4 2 -1
1990-91 Indianapolis Ice IHL 59 38 53 91 67 7 6 4 10 18
1991-92 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 65 19 12 31 81 +9 18 6 9 15 30
1992-93 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 63 16 14 30 82 +3 4 3 0 3 4
1993-94 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 64 14 21 35 57 +2
1993-94 New York Rangers NHL 12 4 2 6 12 +5 22 4 7 11 17
1994-95 New York Rangers NHL 45 14 13 27 26 -3 5 0 0 0 8
1995-96 St. Louis Blues NHL 81 13 22 35 84 +2 13 4 1 5 10
1996-97 St. Louis Blues NHL 13 2 5 7 0 +2
1996-97 New York Rangers NHL 44 6 9 15 28 -7
1996-97 Vancouver Canucks NHL 16 4 8 12 6 +2
1997-98 Vancouver Canucks NHL 82 10 15 25 62 -19
1998-99 Indianapolis Ice IHL 65 19 44 63 128 -14
1998-99 Phoenix Coyotes NHL 7 0 0 0 0 -3 5 0 2 2 4
1999-00 Chicago Wolves IHL 80 30 32 62 80 +4 16 4 7 11 10
2000-01 Chicago Wolves IHL 82 21 32 53 103 -16 16 1 6 7 38
NHL Totals 629 116 159 275 518 71 17 19 36 77


Ken McKenzie Trophy (U.S.- Born Rookie of the Year - IHL) (1986)
IHL Second All-Star Team (1990)
IHL First All-Star Team (1991)
Traded to NY Rangers by Chicago with Stephane Matteau for Tony Amonte and the rights to Matt Oates, March 21, 1994. Signed as a free agent by St. Louis, July 24, 1995. Traded to NY Rangers by St. Louis for Sergio Momesso, November 13, 1996. Traded to Vancouver by NY Rangers with Sergei Nemchinov for Esa Tikkanen and Russ Courtnall, March 8, 1997. Signed as a free agent by Phoenix, March 17, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Chicago Wolves (IHL), September 14, 1999.
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