Jeff Nielsen

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Jeff Nielsen
Born (1971-09-20) September 20, 1971 (age 42)
Grand Rapids, MN, USA
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shot Right
Played for New York Rangers
Mighty Ducks of Anaheim
Minnesota Wild
NHL Draft 69th overall, 1990
New York Rangers
Playing career 1994–2001

Jeffrey Michael Nielsen (born September 20, 1971 in Grand Rapids, Minnesota) is a retired American professional ice hockey player who played in the NHL with the New York Rangers, Anaheim Mighty Ducks, and Minnesota Wild. He is the older brother of Kirk Nielsen.

Playing career[edit]

A highly touted prospect while in high school, Nielsen was drafted by the New York Rangers in the 4th round, 69th overall in the 1990 NHL Entry Draft. After being drafted Nielsen choose to play in the college ranks and played for the University of Minnesota for 4 years. He gradually improved each year and led the team in points during his senior season (1993–1994) and earned a spot on the WCHA second All-Star team the same season.

After college Nielsen joined the Rangers minor league affiliate Binghamton Rangers. He played 3 years with the Binghamton Rangers, most notably scoring 53 points in 76 games during the 1996–1997 season. That year he also made his NHL debut, appearing in 2 games with the New York Rangers.

Nielsen then signed with the Anaheim Mighty Ducks. He split the 1997–1998 season between the Mighty Ducks and their minor league affiliate Cincinnati Mighty Ducks. For the 1998–1999 season Nielsen was able to crack the NHL Mighty Ducks starting lineup, playing 80 games and scoring 9 points. The 1999–2000 season saw Nielsen play in 79 games and score an NHL career high 18 points.

Nielsen was claimed in the 2000 NHL Expansion Draft by the newly formed Minnesota Wild. He played one season with the Wild before retiring from hockey in 2001.

Awards and honors[edit]

Award Year
All-WCHA Second Team 1993–94
WCHA All-Tournament Team 1994 [1]

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1996–97 New York Rangers NHL 2 0 0 0 2
1997–98 Anaheim Mighty Ducks NHL 32 4 5 9 16
1998–99 Anaheim Mighty Ducks NHL 80 5 4 9 34
1999–2000 Anaheim Mighty Ducks NHL 79 8 10 18 14
2000–01 Minnesota Wild NHL 59 3 8 11 4
NHL Totals 252 20 27 47 70

International play[edit]

Year Team Comp GP G A Pts PIM
2000 USA WC 7 1 1 2 2

References[edit]

  1. ^ "WCHA Tourney History". WCHA. Retrieved 2014-06-26. 

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