January 4, 2012 |
Who better to help a goal-starved team than the man responsible for scoring 70 in one season? No, former Kings star Bernie Nicholls isn't coming out of retirement. After all, the guy is 50 and his last NHL tour of duty was during the 1998-99 season with the San Jose Sharks. But Nicholls played for new Kings Coach Darryl Sutter in Chicago and later with the Sharks. After his retirement, he assisted, informally, in San Jose, and Nicholls was more than happy to leave the Ontario winter chill behind when Sutter invited him to Southern California.
April 19, 2010 |
Wayne Gretzky ruined McDonald's for Bernie Nicholls. More than 20 years ago, when they were Kings teammates, Nicholls says that he and Gretzky were nearly inseparable off the ice, Nicholls unexpectedly discovering the Great One's unwavering loyalty to a certain fast-food hamburger chain. "Every day after practice: ‘Let's go to McDonald's and have lunch,' " Nicholls says. "I can't stand McDonald's now." In virtually every way other than gastronomical, however, Nicholls relished their short-lived collaboration.
December 29, 1998 |
The Sharks haven't staged a retirement ceremony for Bernie Nicholls. If they offered to throw him a party, he would probably decline. "It's kind of funny," he said. "When you're asked to retire, it's different than when I decide it's time. I don't necessarily want it right now because I was told to retire and I wasn't ready. Am I supposed to ask the guy who retired me to make some kind of speech?"
December 3, 1998 |
Bernie Nicholls accepted a job Wednesday with the San Jose Sharks. He just doesn't know what he'll be doing. "I just have to figure out what my title is," he said. Nicholls, an 18-year veteran let go by the Sharks late last month, joins assistant coaches Paul Baxter and Bob Berry. By accepting the offer, Nicholls has decided not to try to play for another team. Nicholls, 37, was a three-time All-Star, playing for the Kings, the Rangers, Edmonton, New Jersey, Chicago and San Jose.
April 13, 1997 |
When doctors told Bernie Nicholls he had a tumor in his bladder, he was sure it was cancer. Perhaps it was his doctor's dire prognosis, or the history of cancer in Nicholls' family. No matter what the reason, the death of his baby boy years ago had steeled the San Jose Sharks forward for the crisis. His fears, however, were soon allayed: The tumor was benign. "You put life in perspective when something like that comes calling," Nicholls said.
March 16, 1997 |
San Jose Sharks, the NHL's worst team, lost center Bernie Nicholls for the remainder of the season because of hernia surgery. The Sharks placed Nicholls, 35, on injured reserve, retroactive to March 11th, when he played his last game. He joins defenseman Al Iafrate as Sharks who have undergone season-ending surgery. Nicholls, signed away from the Chicago Blackhawks as a free agent on July 30th, is San Jose's third-leading scorer with 12 goals and 33 assists in 65 games.