Darnell Nurse

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Darnell Nurse
Darnell Nurse 2015.jpg
Nurse in 2015
Born (1995-02-04) February 4, 1995 (age 22)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Height 6 ft 4 in (193 cm)
Weight 221 lb (100 kg; 15 st 11 lb)
Position Defence
Shoots Left
NHL team Edmonton Oilers
NHL Draft 7th overall, 2013
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 2014–present

Darnell Nurse (born February 4, 1995) is a Canadian professional ice hockey defenceman. He is currently playing with the Edmonton Oilers of the National Hockey League (NHL). Nurse was selected by the Oilers seventh overall in the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.

Playing career[edit]

Selected third overall in the 2011 OHL Priority Selection by the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds, he played three seasons with Sault Ste. Marie in the Ontario Hockey League (OHL).[1] Nurse was rated as a top prospect who fulfilled the expectation to be a Top-10 selection at the 2013 NHL Entry Draft.[2] He was selected by the Edmonton Oilers in the first round (seventh overall) of the draft.[3]

On July 25, 2013, he was signed by the Oilers to a three-year entry level contract.[4] While he was the only one of the top eight picks in his draft class to not make his team's opening night roster, he was called up and scored his first NHL goal on October 27 against the Minnesota Wild, in his third NHL game.[5]

On March 10, 2016, Nurse was suspended 3 games by the NHL for ambushing Sharks defenceman Roman Polák who suffered a broken nose.[6]

After an injury on December 1, 2016, Nurse underwent ankle surgery and would likely be out of action until March 2017.[7]

International play[edit]

Medal record
Representing Canada Canada
Ice hockey
World U-17 Hockey Challenge
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Windsor
Representing Ontario
IIHF World U18 Championship
Bronze medal – third place 2012 Brno
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament
Gold medal – first place 2013 Piešťany
IIHF World U20 Championship
Gold medal – first place 2015 Canada

During the 2011–12 season he won a bronze medal with Team Ontario at the 2012 World U-17 Hockey Challenge and was named to the Tournament All-Star Team.[8] That same season, Nurse was one of only four underage players[9] to play with Team Canada at the 2012 IIHF World U18 Championships, winning the bronze medal.[8]

During the 2012–13 season he played with Team Canada to win a gold medal at the 2012 Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament.[10] Nurse was also an invited participant at the 2013 CHL Top Prospects Game.[11]

He won gold with Canada at the 2015 World Junior Ice Hockey Championship and was named one of Canada's top three players, as well as the player of the match for the gold medal game against Russia.[12]

Personal[edit]

Darnell is the son of former Canadian Football League wide receiver Richard Nurse.[13] He is also the nephew of former NFL star quarterback Donovan McNabb, who is married to Darnell's aunt, Raquel Nurse McNabb. He is also the nephew of Canadian musician Ron Nurse.[14] His cousin, Sarah Nurse, plays ice hockey for the Wisconsin Badgers.[15] His sister Kia plays basketball for the Connecticut Huskies, where she has so far been a member of two NCAA championship teams, and is a member of the Canadian national team.

Career statistics[edit]

Regular season and playoffs[edit]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2010–11 St. Michael's Buzzers OJHL 2 0 0 0 4
2011–12 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 53 1 9 10 61
2012–13 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 68 12 29 41 116 6 1 3 4 6
2013–14 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 64 13 37 50 91 9 3 5 8 12
2013–14 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 4 0 1 1 0 3 0 1 1 7
2014–15 Edmonton Oilers NHL 2 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds OHL 36 10 23 33 58 14 3 5 8 26
2015–16 Bakersfield Condors AHL 9 0 2 2 7
2015–16 Edmonton Oilers NHL 69 3 7 10 60
2016–17 Edmonton Oilers NHL 44 5 6 11 33 13 0 2 2 6
NHL totals 115 8 13 21 93 13 0 2 2 6

International[edit]

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2012 Canada Ontario U17 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 5 1 2 3 8
2012 Canada WJC18 3rd, bronze medalist(s) 7 0 0 0 14
2012 Canada IH18 1st, gold medalist(s) 5 0 0 0 4
2015 Canada WJC 1st, gold medalist(s) 7 0 1 1 6
Junior totals 24 1 3 4 32

Awards and honours[edit]

Awards Year
World U-17 Hockey Challenge All-Star Team 2012 [8]
IIHF World U18 Championships Bronze Medal 2012 [16]
Ivan Hlinka Memorial Tournament Gold Medal 2012 [17]
CHL Top Prospects Game 2013 [18]
IIHF World U20 Championships Gold Medal 2015 [19]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Hockey's Future - Darnell Nurse
  2. ^ ISS Draft Rankings (Final 2013)
  3. ^ "Darnell's dream come true". Edmonton Oilers. 2013-06-28. Retrieved 2013-06-28. 
  4. ^ "Oilers ink Nurse to entry-level contract". Edmonton Oilers. 2013-07-25. Retrieved 2013-07-25. 
  5. ^ "RECAP: Wild 4, Oilers 3". "Edmonton Oilers". 2015-10-27. Retrieved 2015-10-29. 
  6. ^ "Darnell Nurse Suspended 3 Games". "National Hockey League". 2016-03-10. Retrieved 2016-03-10. 
  7. ^ "Oilers' Darnell Nurse likely out til March after ankle surgery". CBC Sports. The Canadian Press. December 12, 2016. Retrieved December 12, 2016. 
  8. ^ a b c "OHL: Darnell Nurse, a Greyhound with impeccable pedigree". Toronto Star. 2012-01-02. Retrieved 2013-06-07. 
  9. ^ "Nurse gets Ivan Hlinka nod". Sault Star. 2012-08-07. Retrieved 2012-08-07. 
  10. ^ "Darnell Nurse and U18 Team Wins Gold in Slovakia". Sault Star. 2013-05-06. Retrieved 2013-05-06. 
  11. ^ "Nurse climbing to the top in Hockey after selecting a different path". New York Times. 2013-06-18. Retrieved 2013-06-18. 
  12. ^ Carter, Adam (January 6, 2015). "World Juniors: Hamilton's Darnell Nurse named player of gold medal game". CBC News. Retrieved December 12, 2016. 
  13. ^ CFL roots set path for Reaves, Nurse
  14. ^ Darnell Nurse, nephew of Donovan McNabb, is well-regarded NHL prospect | ProFootballTalk
  15. ^ http://www.uwbadgers.com/sports/w-hockey/mtt/sarah_nurse_864221.html
  16. ^ 2013 NHL Draft Profile: Darnell Nurse | Dallas Stars Inside Edge
  17. ^ Nurse, Subban enjoy Canada's Ivan Hlinka gold - Hockey's Future
  18. ^ Darnell Nurse - The Hockey News
  19. ^ World Juniors: Hamilton's Darnell Nurse named player of gold medal game

External links[edit]

Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Nail Yakupov
Edmonton Oilers first round draft pick
2013
Succeeded by
Leon Draisaitl