Nicholas Angell

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Nicholas Angell
Born (1979-10-31) October 31, 1979 (age 34)
Duluth, Minnesota, USA
Height 6 ft 0 in (183 cm)
Weight 195 lb (88 kg; 13 st 13 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Right
Allsvenskan team
Former teams
VIK Västerås HK
Brynäs IF
HV71
Frankfurt Lions
Metallurg Novokuznetsk
Avangard Omsk
NHL Draft Undarfted
Playing career 2002–present

Nicholas "Nick" Angell (born October 31, 1979) is an American professional ice hockey player. He is currently playing for the VIK Västerås HK of the Swedish HockeyAllsvenskan.

Angell is a very offensive defenseman who likes to join the rush, acting as a fourth forward at times. Angell is a strong skater and plays a physical game. His slapshot is hard and accurate, making him a valuable player on the power play and a threat to goalies.

Early career[edit]

Angell began his ice hockey career playing in the Duluth youth leagues where he honed his skills before playing at Duluth East High School. During his senior year, Angell led the Duluth East Greyhounds in winning the 1998 Minnesota High School Boys Hockey tournament, and was nominated for the Mr. Hockey award, which is given to Minnesota's most valuable high school hockey player. He was then recruited to play for the University of Minnesota in the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division I, from 1998 to 2002, where he helped Minnesota win their fifth NCAA Men's Ice Hockey Championship in 2002.

Professional career[edit]

Angell began his professional career in 2002–03, playing several games with the Milwaukee Admirals, the Nashville Predators' minor league affiliate in the AHL. He then spent the rest of the season with the Rockford Icehogs in the IHL, totaling 16 points in 73 games.[1]

The next season (2003–04), Angell was signed by IFK Arboga, in the Swedish tier two league. During the 2004-05 season, he played for the Frisk Tigers in the Norwegian Elite League, before returning to the Swedish tier two league with Bofors IK, for the 2005-06 season. In 2006, Angell signed with the Swedish Elite League team Brynäs IF where he played for two seasons.

In 2007, Angell was selected to play for Team USA in the Deutschland Cup, where the United States finished in 2nd place after losing to Switzerland 3-2, in an overtime shootout.[2] In 2008, he signed a one-year contract with the 2007–08 Swedish Elite League Champions HV71, after playing a few games for the Tampere Battle Axe, in Finland.[1] Angell joined HV71 for the 2008–09 season, after briefly playing the beginning of the season with the Norwegian team Stavanger Oilers.[3] After playing five seasons in Sweden, Angell moved to Germany for the 2009-10 season after signing with the Frankfurt Lions in the Deutsche Eishockey Liga.

In 2010, Angell played in the Kontinental Hockey League, after signing with Metallurg Novokuznetsk.[4] With 18 points in 51 games, he ended up being the club's top-scoring defenceman, but as Metallurg lost all chances to make the playoffs, Nick was traded to Avangard Omsk just hours before the trade deadline on 31 January 2011.[5] While playing for Metallurg in the KHL, Angell was the first American to be named captain of a Russian professional ice hockey team. Angell returned to the Deutsche Eishockey Liga for the 2011-12 season after signing with Eisbären Berlin.[6]

After retiring for one year, Nicholas has returned to Sweden in the all-svenskan league for Karlskrona Hockey Klub.[citation needed]

Awards[edit]

  • Minnesota State High School Hockey Champion, in 1998.
  • NCAA Men's Division I Ice Hockey Champion, in 2002.
  • Most Points by Defenseman, Norwegian Elite League, 2004-2005.
  • Most Points by Foreigner, Allsvenskan, 2005-2006[7]

In 2008, Angell received 4% of the votes in an internet survey for the World's Sportsman of the Year. The survey was conducted by a Finnish newspaper, Ilta-Sanomat. Angell finished fourth together with Argentine footballer Lionel Messi and just ahead of Alexander Ovechkin, of the Washington Capitals.[8]

Career Statistics[edit]

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1998–99 U of Minnesota WCHA 37 1 8 9 21
1999–00 U of Minnesota WCHA 37 3 6 9 42
2000–01 U of Minnesota WCHA 38 3 5 8 26
2001–02 U of Minnesota WCHA 44 4 11 15 61
2002–03 Rockford Icehogs UHL 73 6 10 16 92 3 0 1 1 8
2002–03 Milwaukee Admirals AHL 2 0 0 0 2
2003–04 Arboga IK Swe.1 41 10 14 24 125
2004–05 Frisk Tigers GET 41 17 15 32 131 4 2 2 4 0
2005–06 Bofors IK Swe.1 40 18 24 42 62 10 5 2 7 8
2006–07 Brynäs IF SEL 49 14 13 27 62 7 1 4 5 35
2007–08 Tappara SM-liiga 13 0 1 1 22
2007–08 Brynäs IF SEL 42 6 13 19 42 10 1 3 4 12
2008–09 Stavanger Oilers GET 4 1 0 1 2
2008–09 HV71 SEL 40 4 8 12 34 18 2 5 5 16
2009–10 Frankfurt Lions DEL 56 13 14 27 74 4 0 2 2 6
2010–11 Metallurg Novokuznetsk KHL 51 8 10 18 58
2010–11 Avangard Omsk KHL 5 0 1 1 9 12 1 0 1 2
2011–12 Eisbären Berlin DEL 46 5 8 13 66 13 0 5 5 12
SEL totals 131 24 34 58 138 35 4 12 16 63
KHL totals 56 8 11 19 67 12 1 0 1 2
DEL totals 102 18 22 40 140 17 0 7 7 18

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Nicholas Angell". Elite Prospects. www.eliteprospects.com. Retrieved 2008-08-10. 
  2. ^ "USA Hockey". Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  3. ^ Gustafsson, Daniel (2008-09-03). "Nick Angell inleder i Norge". hv71.se (in Swedish). HV71. Retrieved 2008-09-04. 
  4. ^ "KHL—Kontinental Hockey League.". Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  5. ^ "Ник Энджелл перешел в "Авангард"" (in Russian). Avangard Omsk. 31 January 2011. Retrieved 31 January 2011. 
  6. ^ "DEL—Deutsche Eishockey Liga". Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  7. ^ "Elite Hockey Prospects". Retrieved 20 March 2012. 
  8. ^ Results of an Internet survey

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