Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Al Nicholson
Left-winger Al Nicholson played 19 games with the Boston Bruins in the mid-50s. He was a fine scorer and playmaker who became a model of consistency in the WHL.

The native of Estevan, Saskatchewan played junior with the SJHL's Humboldt Indians. After scoring 37 goals in 38 games during the 1954-55 season, Nicholson played 14 games for the Bruins the next year. He ended up spending most of his time in the organization with the AHL's Hershey Bears since Boston had Doug Mohns, Vic Stasiuk, Real Chevrefils, Marcel Bonin and Fleming Mackell at left-wing.

Beginning in 1958-59, Nicholson was a regular for 14 years in the WHL. He scored 36 goals and 87 points for the Victoria Cougars that first year. Although, he never topped that performance, he managed to reach the 20-goal mark twelve times including eleven straight years from 1962 to 1972. Nicholson played five years with the San Francisco Seals and helped the team win consecutive league championships in 1963 and 1964. He finished his pro career with six fine years with the San Diego Gulls, Nicholson retired in 1972.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1951-52 Esteven Miners SIHA
1952-53 Humboldt Indians SJHL 40 6 9 15 24 12 3 1 4 2
1953-54 Humboldt Indians SJHL 47 18 22 40 59 5 1 0 1 10
1953-54 Humboldt Indians M-Cup 5 1 1 2 2
1954-55 Humboldt Indians SJHL 38 37 34 71 52 10 6 7 13 8
1954-55 Humboldt Indians M-Cup 5 1 1 2 2
1955-56 Boston Bruins NHL 14 0 0 0 4
1955-56 Hershey Bears AHL 38 9 15 24 32
1956-57 Boston Bruins NHL 5 0 1 1 0
1956-57 Hershey Bears AHL 55 22 27 49 51 3 0 0 0 2
1957-58 Springfield Indians AHL 61 14 19 33 38 13 0 2 2 10
1958-59 Victoria Cougars WHL 69 36 51 87 78 3 1 1 2 0
1959-60 Victoria<196>Winnipeg WHL 71 21 34 55 22
1960-61 Winnipeg Warriors WHL 70 15 33 48 51
1961-62 San Francisco Seals WHL 70 25 35 60 8 2 1 1 2 0
1962-63 San Francisco Seals WHL 70 27 35 62 4 17 5 9 14 6
1963-64 San Francisco Seals WHL 69 24 30 54 31 11 6 8 14 4
1964-65 San Francisco Seals WHL 70 28 30 58 37
1965-66 San Francisco Seals WHL 70 23 28 51 23 7 1 0 1 0
1966-67 San Diego Gulls WHL 72 25 27 52 24
1967-68 San Diego Gulls WHL 72 28 33 61 23 7 3 2 5 4
1968-69 San Diego Gulls WHL 74 22 33 55 49 7 3 5 8 4
1969-70 San Diego Gulls WHL 72 28 25 53 14 6 1 5 6 10
1970-71 San Diego Gulls WHL 72 28 44 72 27 6 2 1 3 8
1971-72 San Diego Gulls WHL 72 26 36 62 26 4 0 0 0 2
NHL Totals 19 0 1 1 4


Signed as a free agent by Boston, August 23, 1955. Traded to Chicago (Calgary-WHL) by Boston (San Francisco-WHL) for Cec Hoekstra, January 22, 1963.
Transaction voided when Nicholson refused to report to club, January, 1963. Claimed by Detroit (Pittsburgh-AHL) from Boston in Reverse Draft, June 12, 1966. Traded to San Diego (WHL) by Detroit (Pittsburgh-AHL) with Len Haley and Ed Ehrenverth for $20,000, June 20, 1966.