|Louis Charles Nistico
Height: 5' 7", Weight: 180 pounds
Born: 1.25.53 Thunder Bay, Ontario
|How he arrived: Signed as a free agent from the Birmingham Bulls (WHA), 11.6.77
How he left: Joined the Brantford Alexanders (OSHA) to finish the 77-78 season
|Regular Season Statistics with the Franchise
Stats in bold signifies team leader.
Nistico was thankful that the World Hockey Association was around when he became a pro. His skill and speed would
have been an asset in the NHL, but because he was undersized, he would have been largely overlooked.
"Leaping Louie" was successful in the WHA, playing for the Toronto/Birmingham franchise for 4 seasons under future
Rockies' coach Pat Kelly.
(Surely) At Kelly's urging, he was given a 5-game tryout with the Rockies after the 77-78 season was already underway.
It gone largely inconsequential, as well as injuring his leg in the third game, so once that ran out, he decided to retire
from NHL play and moved on to the Ontario Senior League for 2 seasons.
He started working at the Carling O'Keefe Brewery in Burlington, not far from Hamilton, not long after he stopped
playing. He also coached intermediate hockey around the Hamilton area for a short time. His job with Carling O'Keefe
would relocate him to Ottawa, where he became the sales manager for the eastern region. While up there, he also
became an executive in a local junior league, specifically (and currently) an assistant GM and Director of Hockey
Operations with the Hawkesbury Hawks.
|Entry Draft: 1973 Seventh Round Pick (105th overall) by the
Minnesota North Stars