Brock Nelson

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Brock Nelson
Brock Nelson - New York Islanders.jpg
Born (1991-10-05) October 5, 1991 (age 22)
Warroad, MN, USA
Height 6 ft 3 in (191 cm)
Weight 196 lb (89 kg; 14 st 0 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

Brock Nelson (born October 5, 1991) is an American ice hockey player currently playing for the New York Islanders of the National Hockey League (NHL). Nelson was drafted in the first round, 30th overall, 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 level with the Islanders' affiliate, Bridgeport Sound Tigers.

Playing career[edit]

Nelson previously played for University of North Dakota of the Western Collegiate Hockey Association (NCAA Division I)[1] 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.[2] Nelson was selected 30th overall by the New York Islanders in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft.[3] Nelson turned professional with the Bridgeport Sound Tigers after the 2011–12 season, during the American Hockey League playoffs.[4]

Nelson made his NHL debut during the playoffs with the Islanders after the 2012–13 season.[4] 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.[5] His first NHL goal was scored on October 22, 2013 against Roberto Luongo of the Vancouver Canucks.

International play[edit]

Medal record
Competitor for United States USA
Ice hockey
World Junior Championships
Bronze 2011 USA

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.[4]

Personal life[edit]

Nelson comes from a hockey-rich family, as his 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 Hockey Sticks.[3] Another great uncle, Gordon Christian played for the United States at the 1956 Winter Olympics, capturing a silver medal.[6]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

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
NHL totals 72 14 12 26 12 1 0 0 0 0

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2011 United States WJC Bronze medal icon.svg 5 0 1 1 0
2014 United States WC 6th 8 5 2 7 20
Junior totals 5 0 1 1 0
Senior totals 8 5 2 7 20

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-WCHA Third Team 2011–12
WCHA All-Tournament Team 2012 [7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Brock Nelson- Hockey's Future". hockeysfuture.com. 2010-06-26. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  2. ^ "Meet the 2010 Draft picks". New York Islanders. 2010-07-08. Retrieved 2010-07-28. 
  3. ^ a b "Isles work late to draft Brock Nelson". National Hockey League. 2010-06-26. Retrieved 2010-06-26. 
  4. ^ a b c "Brock Nelson". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2013-12-15. 
  5. ^ "The Skinny - Islanders 6, Coyotes 1". New York Islanders. 2013-10-09. 
  6. ^ "Nelson, Brock". National Hockey League. Retrieved 2013-12-15. 
  7. ^ "WCHA Tourney History". WCHA. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 

External links[edit]

Sporting positions
Preceded by
Nino Niederreiter
New York Islanders first round pick
2010
Succeeded by
Ryan Strome