Nolan Yonkman was a rock solid, 6’6” 240 lbs, defenseman who played for the Admirals from 2006-10. During his four year tenure with the team he played 283 games, including 28 games in the Calder Cup Playoffs. He was a leader of the team, spending his first two seasons as an Assistant Captain and final two seasons as Team Captain. Yonkman was a vocal leader who stuck up for his teammates on the ice and mentored the younger members of the team away from the rink.
"As a new player coming into a new city, Nolan was one of those guys who took you under his wing," said former Admiral teammate Scott Ford. "He knew a lot of people in the community and was great at helping players get acclimated to both the locker room and the Milwaukee area. He was a great guy to get to know and someone that I looked up to in the organization."
While he might not have been known for his offensive prowess, posting 39 career points with the Admirals, what made Yonkman’s play on the ice so impressive was his grit and ferocity when it came to playing defense. He featured a tremendous combination of size and strength. Features which shined with his thunderous body checks and booming shots from the blue line.
During the AHL era of the team, Yonkman is second all-time in penalty minutes, with 466 minutes in the box, and third all-time in games played.
During his hockey career, Yonkman has played 67 games in the National Hockey League for three separate teams: Washington Capitals, Phoenix Coyotes, and Florida Panthers. He has also played for three other AHL organizations: Portland Pirates, Hershey Bears, and San Antonio Rampage (his current team).
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