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.