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Scott Nichol
Scott Nichol
Center
(SKAWT NIH-Kohl)
Number: 12
Height: 5' 8"
Weight: 179
Shoots: Right
Born: Dec 31, 1974
Birthplace: Edmonton, AB, Canada
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Acquired: Signed as a free agent by Nashville on August 6, 2005.
Drafted: BUF / 1993 NHL Entry Draft
Round: 11th (272nd overall)
2007-08: Established career highs in goals (10), shorthanded goals (2), plus/minus rating (+12) and face-off winning percentage (441-297, 59.8%)… Also tied a personal best in points (18)… Led the NHL in face-off percentage among those taking at least 500 draws… Eight of his 10 goals came after the turn of the calendar… Ranked second on the club in hits among forwards with a career-high (110)… His January total of eight points (5g-3a) in 14 games matched his output for the entire 2007 calendar year… Ranked second among club forwards in average shorthanded time on ice (2:35)… Set a franchise record for shorthanded goals in a game/period with two in the second period of a 5-2 victory at St. Louis on Jan. 19… One of just three players (along with Chicago’s Rene Bourque and Patrick Sharp) to tally two shorthanded goals in a period during the 2007-08 season… Took both of Nashville’s penalty shots on the season… Missed nine games due to injury and five games due to suspension. PLAYOFFS: Appeared in two postseason games, missing four due to a broken thumb.

2006-07: Led Nashville and ranked fifth in the NHL (among players with at least 100 draws) in face-off winning percentage (57.9%)… Posted a career-high in game-winning goals (2). Entered 2006-07 with one game-winner in 268 career games before scoring two game-winners in a four-game span from Nov. 15-20… Ranked second among Nashville forwards in average shorthanded ice time per game (3:14)… Skated in his 300th NHL game on Apr. 5 at St. Louis… Missed 11 games due to injury and nine games due to suspension… Signed a two-year contract with Nashville on June 30, 2007. PLAYOFFS: Played in all five of Nashville’s WCQ games vs. San Jose and led the club in face-off winning percentage (63.3%).

2005-06: Ranked second on the club in face-off winning percentage (58.3%)… Posted his first career two-goal game on March 20 at St. Louis… Notched eight points (3g-5a) during a six-game AHL conditioning assignment with Milwaukee from Jan. 13-21… Missed 36 games due to injury. PLAYOFFS: Appeared in three of Nashville’s five post-season games, making his NHL playoff debut on April 21 vs. San Jose.

CAREER NOTES: Posted NHL career-highs in games played (75), assists (11), points (18) and average ice time (15:46) in 2003-04 with Chicago… Led the 2003-04 Blackhawks in penalty minutes (145) and face-off winning percentage (57.4%)… Recorded a team-leading career-high 149 penalty minutes with Calgary in 2002-03… Ranked among NHL leaders in face-off percentage (58.3%) in 2002-03… Spent his first full season in the NHL in 2001-02 with Calgary and ranked third on the Flames in penalty minutes (107)… Scored a shorthanded penalty-shot goal on April 2, 2002 vs. Atlanta… Finished second on the Detroit Vipers (IHL) in penalty minutes (198) in 2000-01… Missed the majority of the 1999-00 season recovering from a knee injury… Served as Rochester’s (AHL) team captain in 1998-99… Led Rochester in shorthanded goals (4) and game-winning goals (6) in 1996-97… A member of the 1996 AHL Calder Cup Champion Rochester Americans.

AMATEUR: Played two full seasons (1992-94) with the Portland Winter Hawks (WHL), posting 71 goals and 86 assists (71g-86a-157pts) and 290 penalty minutes in 132 games.

BACKGROUND: Coached by current Predators associate coach Brent Peterson in Portland… Awarded the Rochester Americans’ community service trophy in 1997-98… Enjoys water skiing, wakeboarding and fly fishing… Spends his summers in Rochester, N.Y.… Favorites include Gladiator (movie), U2 (band/musician), Reese Witherspoon (actress), steak (food) and Hawaii (vacation spot)… Lists Lance Armstrong as the person he would most like to meet… If he didn’t play hockey, he would coach… Enjoys Nashville for its friendly people… Chose his number (12) because it was worn by his older brother growing up… Nickname “Scooter”… Wife – Christie; sons – Hayden and Foster; daughter - Sophia… Has a Jack Russell named Easton.

TRANSACTIONS: Aug. 6, 2005 – Signed as a free agent by Nashville… July 1, 2003 – Signed as a free agent by Chicago… July 1, 2001 – Signed as a free agent by Calgary… June 26, 1993 – Buffalo’s ninth choice, 272nd overall (11th round), in the 1993 NHL Entry Draft.
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