Chris Nielsen

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Chris Nielsen
Born (1980-02-16) February 16, 1980 (age 35)
Moshi, TAN
Height 6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Centre
Shot Right
Played for Columbus Blue Jackets
Kassel Huskies
NHL Draft 36th overall, 1998
New York Islanders
Playing career 2000–2006

Chris Nielsen (born February 16, 1980) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey centre.[1] Nielsen was drafted in the 2nd round, 36th overall by the New York Islanders in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft. He played parts of two seasons with the Columbus Blue Jackets.

Nielsen was born in Tanzania while his Canadian father was stationed there working for the Canadian International Development Agency. His family moved back to Canada when he was three, and he grew up on a farm near the small town of Goodlands, Manitoba.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Nielsen played junior hockey with the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League. He was a member of the 1998–99 team that won the President's Cup, and got within a game of winning the Memorial Cup. He won the Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy in 1999–2000 as the WHL's Humanitarian of the Year.

Nielsen turned pro in 2000, playing three seasons with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, earning two callups to the Blue Jackets during that time. He then bounced around between the Chicago Wolves, Manitoba Moose and San Antonio Rampage of the AHL and the Laredo Bucks of the Central Hockey League before heading to Europe to play in Germany in 2005–06. Nielsen retired from professional hockey in 2006.

After retiring from hockey, Nielsen went back to school at the University of Manitoba and was the colour commentator for the Manitoba Moose at their home games.

Nielsen is now a resident in orthopaedic medicine at the University of Calgary.[citation needed]

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1995–96 Calgary Hitmen WHL 6 0 0 0 0
1996–97 Calgary Hitmen WHL 62 11 19 30 39
1997–98 Calgary Hitmen WHL 68 22 29 51 31 18 2 4 6 10
1998–99 Calgary Hitmen WHL 70 22 24 46 45 21 11 5 16 28
1999–00 Calgary Hitmen WHL 62 38 31 69 86 13 14 9 23 20
2000–01 Syracuse Crunch AHL 47 10 11 21 24 5 2 2 4 4
2000–01 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 29 4 5 9 4
2001–02 Syracuse Crunch AHL 47 12 12 24 18 10 2 2 4 2
2001–02 Columbus Blue Jackets NHL 23 2 3 5 4
2002–03 Syracuse Crunch AHL 19 1 3 4 8
2002–03 Chicago Wolves AHL 18 3 4 7 4
2002–03 Manitoba Moose AHL 33 3 10 13 13 14 1 2 3 16
2003–04 Manitoba Moose AHL 72 4 7 11 21
2004–05 Laredo Bucks CHL 7 0 4 4 4
2004–05 San Antonio Rampage AHL 54 8 8 16 20
2005–06 Kassel Huskies DEL 38 4 11 15 32
NHL totals 52 6 8 14 8

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
1999 Canada WJC 2nd 2 1 0 1 4
2000 Canada WJC 3rd 7 3 0 3 8
Junior totals 9 4 0 4 12

Awards & Honors[edit]

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Day.1 2000 World Jr. Championship". USAToday. 2000-01-06. Retrieved 2004-05-15. 
  2. ^ "Nielsen unique road to the NHL". oursportscentral.com. 2001-04-05. Retrieved 2015-01-02. 

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Kyle Rossiter
Winner of the WHL Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy
1999, 2000
Succeeded by
Dan Hulak
Preceded by
Andrew Ference
Winner of the WHL Humanitarian of the Year Award
2000
Succeeded by
Jim Vandermeer