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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.

Todd Nelson
Born (1969-05-15) May 15, 1969 (age 50)
NationalityCanadian
OccupationIce hockey coach, player

Coaching career
PositionAssistant coach
TeamDallas Stars (NHL)
Previous team(s)Edmonton Oilers
Years as a coach2003–present
Years as an NHL coach2014–2015
Years with current team2018–present
Ice hockey career
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 201 lb (91 kg; 14 st 5 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Muskegon Lumberjacks
Pittsburgh Penguins
Washington Capitals
Portland Pirates
Hershey Bears
Grand Rapids Griffins
Berlin Capitals
HIFK
Rochester Americans
Muskegon Fury
NHL Draft 79th overall, 1989
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 1990–2002

Playing careerEdit

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.

Coaching careerEdit

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.

On July 15, 2010, he was introduced as the first head coach of the AHL's Oklahoma City Barons, affiliate of the NHL's Edmonton Oilers.

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.[1]

On June 16, 2015, Nelson was named the head coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League (AHL).[2] 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.[3]

On May 31, 2018, Nelson left the Griffins to become an assistant coach with the Dallas Stars in the NHL.[4]

AwardsEdit

  • WHL East Second All-Star Team (1989, 1990)

Career statisticsEdit

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
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
1990–91 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 79 4 20 24 32 3 0 0 0 4
1991–92 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1991–92 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 80 6 35 41 46 14 1 11 12 4
1992–93 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 76 7 35 42 115 4 0 2 2 4
1993–94 Washington Capitals NHL 2 1 0 1 2 4 0 0 0 0
1993–94 Portland Pirates AHL 80 11 34 45 69 11 0 6 6 6
1994–95 Portland Pirates AHL 75 10 35 45 76 7 0 4 4 6
1995–96 Hershey Bears AHL 70 10 40 50 38 5 1 2 3 8
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
1998–99 Berlin Capitals DEL 44 5 10 15 26
1999–00 HIFK Helsinki SM-liiga 4 1 1 2 2
1999–00 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 73 2 15 17 47 17 0 2 2 10
2000–01 Rochester Americans AHL 74 6 20 26 32 4 0 2 2 2
2001–02 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 7 0 2 2 8
2001–02 Muskegon Fury UHL 66 8 25 33 38 17 2 6 8 2
NHL Totals 3 1 0 1 2 4 0 0 0 0

Coaching recordEdit

NHLEdit

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Games Won Lost OTL Points Finish Won Lost Win % Result
EDM 2014–15 51 17 25 9 .422 6th in Pacific Missed playoffs
Total 51 17 25 9 .422

Minor leaguesEdit

Team Year Regular season Postseason
Games Won Lost OTL Points Finish Games Won Lost Result
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
AHL Totals 536 294 153 54 941 73 42 31

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Duhatschek, Eric (May 19, 2015). "Edmonton Oilers name Todd McLellan head coach". Globe and Mail. Retrieved May 25, 2015.
  2. ^ "Todd Nelson named head coach of Griffins". June 19, 2015. Retrieved June 19, 2015.
  3. ^ "Ain't It Grand". Grand Rapids Griffins. June 13, 2017. Retrieved June 13, 2017.
  4. ^ "Todd Nelson talks about leaving Griffins for NHL: 'I have to go'". mlive.com. May 31, 2018.

External linksEdit

Preceded by
Dallas Eakins
Interim Head Coach of the Edmonton Oilers
2014–15
Succeeded by
Todd McLellan