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Brock Christian Nelson (born October 15, 1991) is an American professional ice hockey player for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL). Nelson was drafted 30th overall in the first round of the 2010 NHL Entry Draft by the Islanders. Prior to playing professional hockey, Nelson played at the University of North Dakota. His first experience in professional hockey was at the American Hockey League (AHL) level with the Islanders' affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Brock Nelson
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Nelson with the Islanders in 2018
Born (1991-10-15) October 15, 1991 (age 28)
Minneapolis, Minnesota[1]
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
Position Center
Shoots Left
NHL team New York Islanders
National team  United States
NHL Draft 30th overall, 2010
New York Islanders
Playing career 2012–present

Playing careerEdit

Nelson initially played for the University of North Dakota of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (NCAA Division I)[2] and Warroad High School (United States High School-MN). He was a finalist for the Minnesota Mr. Hockey Award, given to the top Minnesota high school hockey player. He finished the 2009–10 season with 39 goals and 34 assists for 73 points in 25 games for Warroad.[3] Nelson was selected 30th overall by the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL) in the 2010 Entry Draft.[4] Nelson began his professional career with the Islanders' minor league affiliate, the American Hockey League's (AHL) Bridgeport Sound Tigers after the 2011–12 season, during the 2012 Calder Cup playoffs.[5]

Nelson made his NHL debut during the 2013 Stanley Cup playoffs with the Islanders after the 2012–13 regular season.[5] He registered his first NHL point the following season on October 8, 2013, an assist on a goal by Peter Regin in a 6–1 win against the Phoenix Coyotes.[6] His first NHL goal was scored on October 22, 2013 against Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks.[7]

On October 9, 2017, St. Louis Blues enforcer Robert Bortuzzo cross-checked Brock Nelson multiple times while he was down after Nelson collided with a teammate. Bortuzzo was later fined $3,091.40.[8]

On May 23, 2019, after a career year in the 2018–19 season with 53 points under Barry Trotz, Nelson signed a six-year, $36 million contract to remain with the Islanders.[9]

International playEdit

Medal record
Representing   United States
Ice hockey
World Championships
  2015 Czech Republic
World Junior Championships
  2011 United States

Nelson plays internationally for the United States. At the 2011 World Junior Championships, Nelson helped the Americans to a bronze medal, recording one assist in 5 games.[5] Nelson was selected as an alternate captain for Team USA in the 2017 IIHF World Championship.[10]

Personal lifeEdit

Nelson's uncle Dave Christian was on the 1980 United States Miracle on Ice gold medal team, and his grandfather, Bill Christian, and great uncle, Roger Christian, were both on the 1960 United States gold medal team and founded Christian Brothers, a company that made hockey sticks in Warroad, Minnesota from 1964 to 2003.[4][11] Another great uncle, Gordon Christian played for the United States at the 1956 Winter Olympics, capturing a silver medal.[12]

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2008–09 Warroad High School MNHS 31 45 31 76 20
2009–10 Warroad High School MNHS 25 39 34 73 38
2009–10 Team Great Plains MHSEL 24 16 16 32 12
2010–11 University of North Dakota WCHA 42 8 13 21 27
2011–12 University of North Dakota WCHA 42 28 19 47 4
2011–12 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 4 0 0 0 0 2 0 0 0 0
2012–13 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 66 25 27 52 34
2012–13 New York Islanders NHL 1 0 0 0 0
2013–14 New York Islanders NHL 72 14 12 26 12
2013–14 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 1 0 1 1 2
2014–15 New York Islanders NHL 82 20 22 42 24 6 2 0 2 2
2015–16 New York Islanders NHL 81 26 14 40 30 11 1 4 5 6
2016–17 New York Islanders NHL 81 20 25 45 36
2017–18 New York Islanders NHL 82 19 16 35 43
2018–19 New York Islanders NHL 82 25 28 53 28 8 4 0 4 2
NHL totals 480 124 117 241 173 26 7 4 11 10

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2011 United States WJC   5 0 1 1 0
2014 United States WC 6th 8 5 2 7 20
2015 United States WC   10 6 4 10 8
2016 United States WC 4th 6 1 3 4 2
2017 United States WC 5th 8 4 3 7 2
Junior totals 5 0 1 1 0
Senior totals 32 16 12 28 32

Awards and honorsEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "Archived copy". Archived from the original on August 26, 2016. Retrieved July 13, 2016.CS1 maint: archived copy as title (link)
  2. ^ "Brock Nelson- Hockey's Future". Hockey's Future. June 26, 2010. Retrieved June 26, 2010.
  3. ^ "Meet the 2010 Draft picks". New York Islanders. July 8, 2010. Retrieved July 28, 2010.
  4. ^ a b "Isles work late to draft Brock Nelson". National Hockey League. June 26, 2010. Archived from the original on June 29, 2010. Retrieved June 26, 2010.
  5. ^ a b c "Brock Nelson". National Hockey League. Retrieved December 12, 2013.
  6. ^ "The Skinny - Islanders 6, Coyotes 1". National Hockey League. October 9, 2013.
  7. ^ Betts, Travis (October 22, 2013). "Live Updates - Islanders vs. Canucks 10/22/13". NHL.com. Retrieved March 13, 2018.
  8. ^ "Blues' Robert Bortuzzo fined for cross-checking Islanders' Nelson". Sportsnet. October 9, 2017. Retrieved October 10, 2017.
  9. ^ "Islanders Agree To Terms With Nelson On Six-Year Contract". nhl.com. May 23, 2019. Retrieved May 23, 2019.
  10. ^ Hockey, USA (May 1, 2017). "Murphy Named Captain of 2017 U.S. Men's National Team". Team USA Hockey. Retrieved July 3, 2017.
  11. ^ Prewitt, Alex (November 1, 2016). "Islanders forward Brock Nelson is adding to his family's decorated hockey lineage". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved April 17, 2017.
  12. ^ "Brock Nelson". National Hockey League. Retrieved December 15, 2013.
  13. ^ "WCHA Tourney History". Western Collegiate Hockey Association. Archived from the original on July 2, 2014. Retrieved June 26, 2014.

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Nino Niederreiter
New York Islanders first round pick
2010
Succeeded by
Ryan Strome