Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Nolan Schaefer
Nolan Schaefer was born January 15, 1980 in Yellow Grass, Saskatchewan. The fifth round, 166th overall selection of the San Jose Sharks in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft, Schaefer, who is the brother of NHLer Peter, honed his skills at the collegiate level at Providence College.

In four seasons at Providence College, Schaefer posted a 45-39-10 record before making his professional debut in 2003-04. In his first season of pro hockey, Schaefer split his time between Cleveland of the AHL and Fresno of the ECHL before suiting for his first NHL game as back-up to Vesa Toskala on January 5, 2004.

In 2004-05, Schaefer led the AHL in appearances with 43 and saves with 1,076 before he made his first NHL start during the 2005-06 season. Schaefer recorded a 5-1 record in the 2005-06 regular season with the Sharks, and spent the first half of the following season in the minors. At the 2007 NHL trade deadline Schaefer was sent to the Pittsburgh Penguins, however he only remained with the club until the remainder of the 2006-07 season.

In the summer of 2007, Schafer signed as a free agent with the Minnesota Wild.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP W L T SO Avg GP W L T SO Avg
1996-97 Yorkton Mallers SMHL 36 0 4.27
1997-98 Yorkton Mallers SMHL 5 0 4.25
1997-98 Nipawin Hawks SJHL 21 12 4 3 3 2.33
1998-99 Nipawin Hawks SJHL 46 0 3.60
1999-00 Providence College H-East 14 6 5 1 0 3.24
2000-01 Providence College H-East 25 15 8 2 3 2.47
2001-02 Providence College H-East 35 11 18 5 0 3.29
2002-03 Providence College H-East 25 13 8 2 0 2.96
2003-04 Cleveland Barons AHL 27 14 9 3 2 2.34 9 4 5 0 2.51
2003-04 Fresno Falcons ECHL 12 5 5 0 1 3.12
2004-05 Cleveland Barons AHL 43 17 23 1 3 2.73
2005-06 San Jose Sharks NHL 7 5 1 0 1 1.88
2005-06 Cleveland Barons AHL 36 12 21 2 2 3.44
2006-07 Worcester Sharks AHL 16 5 8 3 0 2.80
2006-07 Hershey Bears AHL 3 0 3 0 0 3.70
2006-07 Wilkes-Barre Penguins AHL 15 9 5 0 1 2.24 11 5 6 0 2.75
2007-08 Houston Aeros AHL 34 19 13 0 6 2.06 2 0 2 0 2.05
2008-09 Houston Aeros AHL 51 26 17 5 1 2.52 4 1 1 0 4.46
2009-10 CSKA Moscow KHL 22 1 2.66 1 0 2.73
2010-11 Providence Bruins AHL 30 9 16 1 0 3.11
2010-11 Hershey Bears AHL 10 4 4 2 0 2.37
2011-12 HC Ambri-Piotta Swiss 24 8 16 0 3 2.51 5 0 5 0 3.58
2012-13 HC Ambri-Piotta Swiss 36 12 22 0 3 3.45 5 4 1 0 2.23
2013-14 HC Ambri-Piotta Swiss 26 13 11 0 2 2.11 2 0 2 0 4.54
NHL Totals 7 5 1 0 1 1.87


SJHL All-Rookie Team (1998)
Hockey East Second All-Star Team (2001)
NCAA East Second All-American Team (2001) Harry ``Hap'' Holmes Memorial Award (AHL - fewest goals against) (2008) (shared with Barry Brust)
Traded to Pittsburgh by San Jose for Pittsburgh's 7th round choice (Justin Braun) in 2007 Entry Draft, February 27, 2007. Signed as a free agent by Minnesota, July 3, 2007. Signed as a free agent by CSKA Moscow (KHL), August 4, 2009. Signed as a free agent by Boston, July 5, 2010. Loaned to Hershey (AHL) by Boston (Providence-AHL), March 5, 2011.