Today the Vancouver Canucks General Manager Mike Gillis announced that they have signed Owen Nolan and Todd Fedoruk to professional tryout contracts.

Vancouver Canucks Press Release: “Nolan, 39, has played 1,200 career NHL games and recorded 885 points (422-463-885) and 1,793 penalty minutes. The 6’1”, 205-pound right winger has played for seven NHL teams and spent the 2010-11 season with Zurich of the Swiss League where he recorded 26 points (7-19-26) in 24 games. A native of Belfast, Ireland, Nolan was originally selected by the Quebec Nordiques first overall in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft.

Fedoruk, 32, has played 545 NHL games and recorded 97 career points (32-65-97) and 1,050 penalty minutes. The 6’2”, 235-pound left winger has played for seven NHL teams. A native of Redwater, Alberta, Fedoruk was selected by the Philadelphia Flyers 164th overall in the 1997 NHL Entry Draft.”

The news that these two veterans, particularly Owen Nolan, will tryout for another chance to play NHL hockey made me smile today. I greatly admire hockey players who can outlast many of the youngsters in the sport. Look at Teemu Selanne, Mark Recchi, and Nicklas Lidström to name a few. (Yes, this is one reason for my fascination with the Detroit Red Wings — last season they were the oldest team age-wise in the league.)

Nolan, give em hell! Show the Canucks that you can still play your heart out! I would love to see you in a Canucks jersey this coming season.

Read Ian Walker’s article in the Vancouver Sun: Canucks add Owen Nolan: ‘I’m going to give it everything I have’ – Rugged winger, tough guy Todd Fedoruk to get tryouts at training camp

Read Jason Botchford’s article in The Province: Canucks throw Nolan, Fedoruk tryout lifeline