Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Simon Nolet
Right-winger Simon Nolet enjoyed a solid NHL career than spanned nearly 600 games in parts of ten seasons. He was a fine puck handler who could supply offense, but he was also capable of killing penalties and shadowing the top scorers on the opposition.

The native of St. Odilon, Quebec played junior with the Quebec Citadelles before heading to the Nova Scotia Senior league to suit up for the Windsor Maple Leafs and Moncton Hawks. Nolet began his pro career in the AHL with the Quebec Aces who were purchased by the expansion Philadelphia Flyers on May 8, 1967. Nolet played four games in Philly in 1967-68 and was a top goal scorer for the Aces with 32- and 44-goal performances. After scoring 96 points to lead the league in 1967-68, he was named to the AHL second all-star team.

Nolet gradually carved a place for himself in the Flyers' plans in the late 60s. He scored 23 goals in 1971-72 and was a fine two-way pivot when the Flyers became competitive in the early 1970s. The crafty forward played 15 games for the club in the 1974 playoffs when the won the Stanley Cup.

After Philadelphia acquired right-winger Reggie Leach in May, 1974, Nolet was left unprotected in the expansion draft. He was claimed by the Kansas City Scouts and named the first captain in franchise history. Fittingly, Nolet scored the club's first regular season goal at Maple Leaf Gardens in Toronto. He scored 26 goals that year and was off to a solid start the next season when he was traded to the Pittsburgh Penguins.

Nolet played solidly for the Pens on a line with Ron Schock and Vic Hadfield then was reacquired by the relocated Colorado franchise. His return came about after being named the compensation for the Penguins' signing of free agent goalie Denis Heron. Nolet retired after scoring 31 points for the Rockies in 1976-77. After his playing career ended, Nolet worked as a scout for the Quebec Nordiques for two years then was hired as an assistant to Quebec Nordiques coach Michel Bergeron in 1982.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1960-61 Quebec Citadelles QJHL 11 2 1 3 0
1961-62 Quebec Citadelles QJHL 39 25 27 52 22 10 4 4 8 12
1961-62 Quebec Aces AHL 1 0 0 0 2
1961-62 Quebec Citadelles M-Cup 9 2 4 6 2
1962-63 Windsor Maple Leafs NSSHL 55 53 55 108 30 7 5 6 11 14
1962-63 Moncton Hawks NSSHL 12 4 5 9 2
1963-64 Windsor Maple Leafs NSSHL 68 68 65 133 19 8 2 6 8 4
1963-64 Windsor Maple Leafs Al-Cup 11 10 8 18 8
1964-65 Sherbrooke Castors Que-Sr.
1964-65 Quebec Aces AHL 2 2 1 3 2
1964-65 Sherbrooke Castors Al-Cup 15 21 14 35 4
1965-66 Quebec Aces AHL 61 16 17 33 12 6 0 0 0 2
1966-67 Quebec Aces AHL 66 32 24 56 28 5 1 4 5 4
1967-68 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 4 0 0 0 2 -1 1 0 0 0 0
1967-68 Quebec Aces AHL 70 44 52 96 45 10 5 10 15 10
1968-69 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 35 4 10 14 8 -10
1968-69 Quebec Aces AHL 33 11 21 32 28 15 5 3 8 28
1969-70 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 56 22 22 44 36 +12
1969-70 Quebec Aces AHL 22 13 18 31 14
1970-71 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 74 9 19 28 42 -1 4 2 1 3 0
1971-72 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 67 23 20 43 22 +6
1972-73 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 70 16 20 36 6 -3 11 3 1 4 4
1973-74 Philadelphia Flyers NHL 52 19 17 36 13 +28 15 1 1 2 4
1974-75 Kansas City Scouts NHL 72 26 32 58 30 -52
1975-76 Kansas City Scouts NHL 41 10 15 25 16 -9
1975-76 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 39 9 8 17 2 +7 3 0 0 0 0
1976-77 Colorado Rockies NHL 52 12 19 31 10 0
NHL Totals 562 150 182 332 187 34 6 3 9 8


AHL Second All-Star Team (1968)
John B. Sollenberger Trophy (Leading Scorer - AHL) (1968) Played in NHL All-Star Game (1972, 1975)
NHL rights transferred to Philadelphia after NHL club purchased Quebec (AHL) franchise, May 8, 1967. Claimed by Kansas City from Philadelphia in Expansion Draft, June 12, 1974. Traded to Pittsburgh by Kansas City with Ed Gilbert and Kansas City's 1st round choice (Blair Chapman) in 1976 Amateur Draft for Steve Durbano, Chuck Arnason and Pittsburgh's 1st round choice (Paul Gardner) in 1976 Amateur Draft, January 9, 1976. Transferred to Colorado by Pittsburgh with Michel Plasse and the loan of Colin Campbell for the 1976-77 season (September 1, 1976) as compensation for Pittsburgh's signing of free agent Denis Herron, August 7, 1976.