Young Mr. Nolan enjoying the run
The Los Angeles Kings rookie winger was in Manchester of the AHL more than three months ago. Now he’s one win from the Stanley Cup finals.
"Just enjoying everything, really, it’s pretty surreal," Nolan said. "My buddies and my family are all excited for me."
His father, former Jack Adams Award winner Ted Nolan, is in town this weekend. It’s a special time in the 22-year-old’s life.
His reaction had someone told him in September at training camp that he’d be on this playoff run with the Kings?
"I would not have believed it," he said, smiling. "It’s surreal and exciting. But I worked hard to get here."
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Scott Burnside covers the NHL for ESPN.com. Before joining the website in 2005, he was a reporter for The Windsor Star and Toronto Sun. Burnside also co-authored the best-selling true crime book "Deadly Innocence."
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