Darnell Nurse (born February 4, 1995) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman. He is currently playing with the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Nurse was selected by the Oilers seventh overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.
Nurse in 2015
February 4, 1995|
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
|Height||6 ft 4 in (193 cm)|
|Weight||221 lb (100 kg; 15 st 11 lb)|
|NHL team||Edmonton Oilers|
7th overall, 2013|
Selected third overall in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, he played three seasons with Sault Ste. Marie in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL). Nurse was rated as a top prospect who fulfilled the expectation to be a Top-10 selection at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft. He was selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the first round (seventh overall) of the draft.
On July 25, 2013, he was signed by the Oilers to a three-year entry level contract. While he was the only one of the top eight picks in his draft class to not make his team's opening night roster, he was called up and scored his first NHL goal on October 27 against the Minnesota Wild, in his third NHL game.
After an injury on December 1, 2016, Nurse underwent ankle surgery and was set to be out of action until March 2017.
On September 17, 2018, Nurse as a restricted free agent, agreed to a two-year $6.4 million contract extension with the Edmonton Oilers.
|World Junior Championships|
|IIHF World U18 Championship|
During the 2011–12 season he won a bronze medal with Team Ontario at the 2012 World U-17 Hockey Challenge and was named to the Tournament All-Star Team. That same season, Nurse was one of only four underage players to play with Team Canada at the 2012 IIHF World U18 Championships, winning the bronze medal.
He won gold with Canada at the 2015 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship and was named one of Canada's top three players, as well as the player of the match for the gold medal game against Russia.
On April 29, 2019, Nurse returned to the international stage to be named to the Team Canada roster for the 2019 IIHF World Championship held in Slovakia. Nurse helped Canada progress through to the playoff rounds before losing the final to Finland to finish with the Silver Medal on May 26, 2019. He completed the tournament posting 2 goals and 4 points from the blueline in 10 games.
Darnell attended St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School and St. Mary's College where he earned the OHL scholastic player of year. Darnell is the son of former Canadian Football League wide receiver Richard Nurse. He is also the nephew of former NFL star quarterback Donovan McNabb, who is married to Darnell's aunt, Raquel Nurse McNabb. He is also the nephew of Canadian musician Ron Nurse. His cousin, Sarah Nurse, plays ice hockey for the Toronto Furies and competed in the 2018 Winter Olympics. His sister Kia played basketball for the Connecticut Huskies, where she was a member of two NCAA championship teams, and is a member of the Canadian national team.
Regular season and playoffsEdit
|2010–11||St. Michael's Buzzers||OJHL||2||0||0||0||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2011–12||Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds||OHL||53||1||9||10||61||—||—||—||—||—|
|2012–13||Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds||OHL||68||12||29||41||116||6||1||3||4||6|
|2013–14||Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds||OHL||64||13||37||50||91||9||3||5||8||12|
|2013–14||Oklahoma City Barons||AHL||4||0||1||1||0||3||0||1||1||7|
|2014–15||Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds||OHL||36||10||23||33||58||14||3||5||8||26|
Awards and honoursEdit
|World U-17 Hockey Challenge All-Star Team||2012|||
|IIHF World U18 Championships Bronze Medal||2012|||
|Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament Gold Medal||2012|||
|CHL Top Prospects Game||2013|||
|IIHF World U20 Championships Gold Medal||2015|||
- Hockey's Future - Darnell Nurse
- ISS Draft Rankings (Final 2013)
- "Darnell's dream come true". Edmonton Oilers. June 28, 2013. Retrieved June 28, 2013.
- "Oilers ink Nurse to entry-level contract". Edmonton Oilers. July 25, 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2013.
- "RECAP: Wild 4, Oilers 3". "Edmonton Oilers". October 27, 2015. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
- "Darnell Nurse Suspended 3 Games". "National Hockey League". March 10, 2016. Retrieved March 10, 2016.
- "Oilers' Darnell Nurse likely out til March after ankle surgery". CBC Sports. The Canadian Press. December 12, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
- "Darnell Nurse signs extension with Oilers". thesportster.com. September 17, 2018. Retrieved September 17, 2018.
- "OHL: Darnell Nurse, a Greyhound with impeccable pedigree". Toronto Star. January 2, 2012. Retrieved June 7, 2013.
- "Nurse gets Ivan Hlinka nod". Sault Star. August 7, 2012. Retrieved August 7, 2012.
- "Darnell Nurse and U18 Team Wins Gold in Slovakia". Sault Star. May 6, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
- "Nurse climbing to the top in Hockey after selecting a different path". New York Times. June 18, 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2013.
- Carter, Adam (January 6, 2015). "World Juniors: Hamilton's Darnell Nurse named player of gold medal game". CBC News. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
- Gazzola, Paul (April 12, 2018). "BLOG: Nurse named to Team Canada's roster at Worlds". NHL.com. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
- "Hockey Canada names 22 players to 2019 IIHF World Championship roster". Hockey Canada. April 29, 2019. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
- "Finland defeats Canada for Gold Medal at World Championship". The Sports Network. May 26, 2019. Retrieved May 26, 2019.
- "Darnell and Kia Nurse bring Pan Am torch into Hamilton stadium". simcoe.com. June 22, 2015. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
The Nurse siblings are graduates of St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School.
- "Nurse scholastic player of year". The Sault Star. May 8, 2013. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
- CFL roots set path for Reaves, Nurse Archived October 30, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
- Darnell Nurse, nephew of Donovan McNabb, is well-regarded NHL prospect | ProFootballTalk
- Spencer, Donna (February 12, 2018). "Sarah Nurse adds Olympic hockey to athletic family tree with spot on Canadian team". The Toronto Star. Retrieved February 22, 2018.
- 2013 NHL Draft Profile: Darnell Nurse | Dallas Stars Inside Edge Archived July 4, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
- Nurse, Subban enjoy Canada's Ivan Hlinka gold - Hockey's Future
- Darnell Nurse - The Hockey News
- World Juniors: Hamilton's Darnell Nurse named player of gold medal game