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Frans Nielsen
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Born April 24, 1984 (1984-04-24) (age 35)
Herning, Denmark
Height 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)
Weight 180 lb (82 kg; 12 st 12 lb)
Position Centre / Left Wing
Shoots Left
NHL team
Former teams
Detroit Red Wings
Malmö Redhawks
Timrå IK
New York Islanders
Lukko
National team Template:Country data DEN
NHL Draft 87th overall, 2002
New York Islanders
Playing career 2001–present

Frans Nielsen (born April 24, 1984) is a Danish professional ice hockey player for the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League (NHL).

He spent the first 10 years of his NHL career playing with the New York Islanders and is the first Danish citizen to play in the NHL.

Playing CareerEdit

Frans was drafted by the New York Islanders in the third round, 87th overall in the 2002 NHL Entry Draft. After playing in the Swedish Elitserien since 2001, he signed a two-year contract with the New York Islanders on May 15, 2006.

With over 216 games in the Elitserien, he recorded 25 goals and 34 assists for 59 points and 66 penalty minutes.

Frans began the 2006–07 AHL season with the Islanders' affiliate, the Bridgeport Sound Tigers, and was recalled to the Islanders on January 5, 2007. He made his NHL debut on January 6, 2007. At the time of his recall, he had recorded a point in nine consecutive American Hockey League (AHL) games, which was three games shy of the Sound Tigers' club record.

During the 2010–11 NHL season, Frans scored a league-leading seven short-handed goals, including two penalty shot goals in three-on-five shorthanded situations. Near the end of the season, Islanders' Captain Doug Weight was quoted as saying of Frans “He’s our best all-around player even though his stats don’t necessarily show it".

On February 7, 2012, he signed a four-year, $11 million contract with the Islanders.

Frans holds the distinction of being the most successful NHL player all-time in shootouts (i.e., scoring percentage among players with a substantial number of shootout attempts). In fact, he scored a goal in a shootout prior to being credited with his first official NHL goal.

Frans' signature move in the competition has been dubbed the "Danish Backhand of Judgement" even though he has also scored using his forehand. As of March 2013, he has a success rate of 62.5%.

On October 25, 2014, he recorded his first career NHL hat trick against Anders Lindbäck of the Dallas Stars by scoring all three goals in the third period.

On July 1, 2016, Frans signed as a free agent to a 6-year contract with the Detroit Red Wings, marking the end of his 10-year tenure with the Islanders.

Career StatisticsEdit

Regular season and playoffsEdit

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
2000–01 Herning Blue Fox DEN 38 18 19 37 6
2001–02 Malmö Redhawks SEL 20 0 1 1 0
2002–03 Malmö Redhawks SEL 47 3 6 9 10
2003–04 Malmö Redhawks SEL 50 9 7 16 28
2004–05 Malmö Redhawks SEL 49 8 7 15 6
2005–06 Timrå SEL 50 5 13 18 22
2006–07 New York Islanders NHL 15 1 1 2 0
2006–07 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 54 20 24 44 10
2007–08 New York Islanders NHL 16 2 1 3 0
2007–08 Bridgeport Sound Tigers AHL 48 10 28 38 18
2008–09 New York Islanders NHL 59 9 24 33 18
2009–10 New York Islanders NHL 76 12 26 38 6
2010–11 New York Islanders NHL 71 13 31 44 38
2011–12 New York Islanders NHL 82 17 30 47 6
2012–13 Lukko SM-l 27 4 20 24 10
2012–13 New York Islanders NHL 48 6 23 29 12 6 0 2 2 0
2013–14 New York Islanders NHL 80 25 33 58 8
2014–15 New York Islanders NHL 78 14 29 43 12 7 1 1 2 0
2015–16 New York Islanders NHL 81 20 32 52 12 11 3 3 6 2
NHL totals 606 119 230 349 112 24 4 6 10 2
SHL totals 216 25 34 59 66

InternationalEdit

Year Team Event Result GP G A Pts PIM
2016 Team Europe WCH 2nd 6 0 2 2 0
Senior totals 6 0 2 2 0

International PlayEdit

Medal record
Ice hockey
Competitor for Team Europe
Canada Cup / World Cup
Silver 2016 Toronto

Frans represented Team Europe at the 2016 World Cup of Hockey where he recorded two assists in six games and won a silver medal.

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