Todd Nelson (ice hockey)

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Todd Nelson
Born (1969-05-15) May 15, 1969 (age 47)
Prince Albert, SK, CAN
Height 6 ft 1 in (185 cm)
Weight 200 lb (91 kg; 14 st 4 lb)
Position Defence
Shot Left
Played for Pittsburgh Penguins
Washington Capitals
NHL Draft 79th overall, 1989
Pittsburgh Penguins
Playing career 1990–2002

Todd Nelson (born May 15, 1969) is a Canadian former ice hockey player, who is currently the head coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins, the American Hockey League (AHL) affiliate of the Detroit Red Wings. He is the older brother of Jeff Nelson.

Playing career[edit]

Originally drafted by the Pittsburgh Penguins in the 1989 NHL Entry Draft, Nelson played primarily in the minors and played just one game for the Penguins. Signed as a free agent by the Washington Capitals, he helped guide the Capitals' minor league affiliate Portland Pirates to the Calder Cup in 1994. He was inducted into the Pirates Hall of Fame in 2007. Nelson played in just two games for the Washington Capitals, and played in the minors until his retirement in 2002.

Coaching career[edit]

Following his professional hockey career, Nelson moved into coaching. He was first the assistant coach/player coach for the Muskegon Fury of the UHL for the 2001-02 season. He was then an assistant coach for the Grand Rapids Griffins of the AHL for the 2002-03 season before returning as head coach of the Muskegon Fury from 2003-2006. The Fury won the Colonial Cup his first two years as their coach. He moved on to be the assistant coach for the Chicago Wolves of the AHL from 2006–2008, who won the Calder Cup in his final season as an assistant.

On July 25, 2008, he accepted an assistant coaching position with the Atlanta Thrashers of the NHL.

On July 15, 2010, he was introduced as the first head coach of the AHL's Oklahoma City Barons, affiliate of the NHL's Edmonton Oilers.

After the firing of Dallas Eakins on December 15, 2014, Nelson was promoted to head coach of the Oilers on an interim basis for the remainder of the 2014-15 NHL season. He was replaced as head coach by Todd McLellan on May 19, 2015.[1]

On June 16, 2015, Nelson was named the head coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League (AHL).[2]

Awards[edit]

  • WHL East Second All-Star Team (1989, 1990)

Career statistics[edit]

    Regular Season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1985–86 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 4 0 0 0 0
1986–87 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 35 1 6 7 10 4 0 0 0 0
1987–88 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 72 3 21 24 59 10 3 2 5 4
1988–89 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 72 14 45 59 72 4 1 3 4 4
1989–90 Prince Albert Raiders WHL 69 13 42 55 88 14 3 12 15 12
1990–91 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 79 4 20 24 32 3 0 0 0 4
1991–92 Pittsburgh Penguins NHL 1 0 0 0 0
1991–92 Muskegon Lumberjacks IHL 80 6 35 41 46 14 1 11 12 4
1992–93 Cleveland Lumberjacks IHL 76 7 35 42 115 4 0 2 2 4
1993–94 Washington Capitals NHL 2 1 0 1 2 4 0 0 0 0
1993–94 Portland Pirates AHL 80 11 34 45 69 11 0 6 6 6
1994–95 Portland Pirates AHL 75 10 35 45 76 7 0 4 4 6
1995–96 Hershey Bears AHL 70 10 40 50 38 5 1 2 3 8
1996–97 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 81 3 18 21 32 5 1 0 1 0
1997–98 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 75 6 21 27 36 3 0 0 0 2
1998–99 Berlin Capitals DEL 44 5 10 15 26
1999–00 HIFK Helsinki SM-liiga 4 1 1 2 2
1999–00 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 73 2 15 17 47 17 0 2 2 10
2000–01 Rochester Americans AHL 74 6 20 26 32 4 0 2 2 2
2001–02 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 7 0 2 2 8
2001–02 Muskegon Fury UHL 66 8 25 33 38 17 2 6 8 2
NHL Totals 3 1 0 1 2 4 0 0 0 0

Coaching statistics[edit]

Note: Head coaching statistics only.

NHL[edit]

Regular season Post season
Year Team G W L OTL Pts Finish Result
2014–15 Edmonton Oilers 51 17 25 9 .422 6th in Pacific Division Missed Playoffs

Minor leagues[edit]

Regular season Post season
Year Team League G W L OTL Pts Finish G W L Result
2003–04 Muskegon Fury UHL 76 47 20 9 103 3rd Western 11 11 0 Won Colonial Cup
2004–05 Muskegon Fury UHL 80 51 20 9 111 1st Central 17 12 5 Won Colonial Cup
2005–06 Muskegon Fury UHL 76 51 18 7 109 2nd Central 12 6 6 Lost in Round 2
2010–11 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 80 40 29 11 91 5th West 6 2 4 Lost in Division Semifinals
2011–12 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 76 45 22 9 99 1st West 14 8 6 Lost in Conference Finals
2012–13 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 76 40 25 11 91 3rd South 17 10 7 Lost in Conference Finals
2013–14 Oklahoma City Barons AHL 76 36 29 11 91 3rd West 3 0 3 Lost in Conference Quarterfinals
AHL Totals 308 161 105 42 658 40 20 20

Transactions[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Duhatschek, Eric (May 19, 2015). "Edmonton Oilers name Todd McLellan head coach". Globe and Mail. Retrieved May 25, 2015. 
  2. ^ "Todd Nelson named head coach of Griffins". June 19, 2015. Retrieved June 19, 2015. 

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Preceded by
Dallas Eakins
Interim Head Coach of the Edmonton Oilers
2014–15
Succeeded by
Todd McLellan