Todd Nelson (ice hockey)
Todd Nelson (born May 15, 1969) is a Canadian ice hockey coach and former player. He is currently an assistant coach for the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League (NHL). He is the older brother of Jeff Nelson and the father of Colton Nelson, Division III hockey player at the University of Wisconsin Superior.
|Born||May 15, 1969|
Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Canada
|Occupation||Ice hockey coach, player|
|Team||Dallas Stars (NHL)|
|Previous team(s)||Edmonton Oilers|
|Years as a coach||2003–present|
|Years as an NHL coach||2014–2015|
|Years with current team||2018–present|
Originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, Nelson played primarily in the minors and played just one game for the Penguins. Signed as a free agent by the Washington Capitals, he helped guide the Capitals' minor league affiliate Portland Pirates to the Calder Cup in 1994. He was inducted into the Pirates Hall of Fame in 2007. Nelson played in just two games for the Washington Capitals, and played in the minors until his retirement in 2002.
Following his professional hockey career, Nelson moved into coaching. He was first the assistant coach/player coach for the Muskegon Fury of the UHL for the 2001–02 season. He was then an assistant coach for the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL for the 2002–03 season before returning as head coach of the Muskegon Fury from 2003-2006. The Fury won the Colonial Cup his first two years as their coach. He moved on to be the assistant coach for the Chicago Wolves of the AHL from 2006–2008, who won the Calder Cup in his final season as an assistant.
On July 25, 2008, he accepted an assistant coaching position with the Atlanta Thrashers of the NHL.
After the firing of Dallas Eakins on December 15, 2014, Nelson was promoted to head coach of the Oilers on an interim basis for the remainder of the 2014–15 NHL season. He was replaced as head coach by Todd McLellan on May 19, 2015.
On June 16, 2015, Nelson was named the head coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League (AHL). Nelson became the third person ever to win the Calder Cup as a player (1994), assistant coach (2008), and head coach (2017), joining Bob Woods and Mike Stothers.
|1985–86||Prince Albert Raiders||WHL||4||0||0||0||0||—||—||—||—||—|
|1986–87||Prince Albert Raiders||WHL||35||1||6||7||10||4||0||0||0||0|
|1987–88||Prince Albert Raiders||WHL||72||3||21||24||59||10||3||2||5||4|
|1988–89||Prince Albert Raiders||WHL||72||14||45||59||72||4||1||3||4||4|
|1989–90||Prince Albert Raiders||WHL||69||13||42||55||88||14||3||12||15||12|
|1996–97||Grand Rapids Griffins||IHL||81||3||18||21||32||5||1||0||1||0|
|1997–98||Grand Rapids Griffins||IHL||75||6||21||27||36||3||0||0||0||2|
|1999–00||Grand Rapids Griffins||IHL||73||2||15||17||47||17||0||2||2||10|
|2001–02||Grand Rapids Griffins||AHL||7||0||2||2||8||—||—||—||—||—|
|EDM||2014–15||51||17||25||9||.422||6th in Pacific||—||—||—||Missed playoffs|
|Muskegon Fury||2003–04||76||47||20||9||103||3rd in Western||11||11||0||Won Colonial Cup|
|Muskegon Fury||2004–05||80||51||20||9||111||1st in Central||17||12||5||Won Colonial Cup|
|Muskegon Fury||2005–06||76||51||18||7||109||2nd in Central||12||6||6||Lost in Round 2|
|Oklahoma City Barons||2010–11||80||40||29||11||91||5th in West||6||2||4||Lost in Division Semifinals|
|Oklahoma City Barons||2011–12||76||45||22||9||99||1st in West||14||8||6||Lost in Conference Finals|
|Oklahoma City Barons||2012–13||76||40||25||11||91||3rd in South||17||10||7||Lost in Conference Finals|
|Oklahoma City Barons||2013–14||76||36||29||11||83||3rd in West||3||0||3||Lost in Conference Quarterfinals|
|Grand Rapids Griffins||2015–16||76||44||30||2||90||4th in Central||9||5||4||Lost in Division finals|
|Grand Rapids Griffins||2016–17||76||47||23||1||100||2nd in Central||19||15||4||Won Calder Cup|
|Grand Rapids Griffins||2017–18||76||42||25||9||93||2nd in Central||5||2||3||Lost in Division semifinals|
- Duhatschek, Eric (May 19, 2015). "Edmonton Oilers name Todd McLellan head coach". Globe and Mail. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
- "Todd Nelson named head coach of Griffins". June 19, 2015. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
- "Ain't It Grand". Grand Rapids Griffins. June 13, 2017. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
- "Todd Nelson talks about leaving Griffins for NHL: 'I have to go'". mlive.com. May 31, 2018.