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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.

Darnell Nurse
Darnell Nurse 2015.jpg
Nurse in 2015
Born (1995-02-04) February 4, 1995 (age 24)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 221 lb (100 kg; 15 st 11 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team Edmonton Oilers
National team  Canada
NHL Draft 7th overall, 2013
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 2014–present

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Playing careerEdit

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).[1] Nurse was rated as a top prospect who fulfilled the expectation to be a Top-10 selection at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.[2] He was selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the first round (seventh overall) of the draft.[3]

On July 25, 2013, he was signed by the Oilers to a three-year entry level contract.[4] 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.[5]

On March 10, 2016, Nurse was suspended 3 games by the NHL for ambushing Sharks defenceman Roman Polák who suffered a broken nose.[6]

After an injury on December 1, 2016, Nurse underwent ankle surgery and was set to be out of action until March 2017.[7]

On September 17, 2018, Nurse agreed to a 2-year deal with a $3.2M AAV with the Edmonton Oilers.[8]

International playEdit

Medal record
Representing   Canada
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
  2015 Canada
IIHF World U18 Championship
  2012 Brno
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
  2012 Piešťany

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.[9] That same season, Nurse was one of only four underage players[10] to play with Team Canada at the 2012 IIHF World U18 Championships, winning the bronze medal.[9]

During the 2012–13 season he played with Team Canada to win a gold medal at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.[11] Nurse was also an invited participant at the 2013 CHL Top Prospects Game.[12]

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.[13]

On April 12, 2018, Nurse and teammates Connor McDavid and Ryan Nugent-Hopkins were named to the Team Canada's 2018 IIHF World Championship roster.[14]

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.[15]

Personal lifeEdit

Darnell attended St. Thomas More Catholic Secondary School[16] and St. Mary's College where he earned the OHL scholastic player of year.[17] Darnell is the son of former Canadian Football League wide receiver Richard Nurse.[18] 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.[19] His cousin, Sarah Nurse, plays ice hockey for the Toronto Furies and competed in the 2018 Winter Olympics.[20] 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.

Career statisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
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 Edmonton Oilers NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 36 10 23 33 58 14 3 5 8 26
2015–16 Bakersfield Condors AHL 9 0 2 2 7
2015–16 Edmonton Oilers NHL 69 3 7 10 60
2016–17 Edmonton Oilers NHL 44 5 6 11 33 13 0 2 2 6
2017–18 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 6 20 26 67
2018–19 Edmonton Oilers NHL 82 10 31 41 87
NHL totals 279 24 64 88 247 13 0 2 2 6

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2012 Canada Ontario U17   5 1 2 3 8
2012 Canada WJC18   7 0 0 0 14
2012 Canada IH18   5 0 0 0 4
2015 Canada WJC   7 0 1 1 6
2018 Canada WC 4th 10 0 1 1 4
Junior totals 24 1 3 4 32
Senior totals 10 0 1 1 4

Awards and honoursEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Hockey's Future - Darnell Nurse
  2. ^ ISS Draft Rankings (Final 2013)
  3. ^ "Darnell's dream come true". Edmonton Oilers. June 28, 2013. Retrieved June 28, 2013.
  4. ^ "Oilers ink Nurse to entry-level contract". Edmonton Oilers. July 25, 2013. Retrieved July 25, 2013.
  5. ^ "RECAP: Wild 4, Oilers 3". "Edmonton Oilers". October 27, 2015. Retrieved October 29, 2015.
  6. ^ "Darnell Nurse Suspended 3 Games". "National Hockey League". March 10, 2016. Retrieved March 10, 2016.
  7. ^ "Oilers' Darnell Nurse likely out til March after ankle surgery". CBC Sports. The Canadian Press. December 12, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  8. ^ https://www.thesportster.com/news/darnell-nurse-signs-extension-oilers/
  9. ^ a b c "OHL: Darnell Nurse, a Greyhound with impeccable pedigree". Toronto Star. January 2, 2012. Retrieved June 7, 2013.
  10. ^ "Nurse gets Ivan Hlinka nod". Sault Star. August 7, 2012. Retrieved August 7, 2012.
  11. ^ "Darnell Nurse and U18 Team Wins Gold in Slovakia". Sault Star. May 6, 2013. Retrieved May 6, 2013.
  12. ^ "Nurse climbing to the top in Hockey after selecting a different path". New York Times. June 18, 2013. Retrieved June 18, 2013.
  13. ^ Carter, Adam (January 6, 2015). "World Juniors: Hamilton's Darnell Nurse named player of gold medal game". CBC News. Retrieved December 12, 2016.
  14. ^ Gazzola, Paul (April 12, 2018). "BLOG: Nurse named to Team Canada's roster at Worlds". NHL.com. Retrieved April 13, 2018.
  15. ^ "Hockey Canada names 22 players to 2019 IIHF World Championship roster". Hockey Canada. April 29, 2019. Retrieved April 29, 2019.
  16. ^ "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.
  17. ^ "Nurse scholastic player of year". The Sault Star. May 8, 2013. Retrieved August 28, 2018.
  18. ^ CFL roots set path for Reaves, Nurse Archived October 30, 2014, at the Wayback Machine
  19. ^ Darnell Nurse, nephew of Donovan McNabb, is well-regarded NHL prospect | ProFootballTalk
  20. ^ 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.
  21. ^ 2013 NHL Draft Profile: Darnell Nurse | Dallas Stars Inside Edge Archived July 4, 2013, at the Wayback Machine
  22. ^ Nurse, Subban enjoy Canada's Ivan Hlinka gold - Hockey's Future
  23. ^ Darnell Nurse - The Hockey News
  24. ^ World Juniors: Hamilton's Darnell Nurse named player of gold medal game

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Nail Yakupov
Edmonton Oilers first round draft pick
2013
Succeeded by
Leon Draisaitl