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Nelson Emerson
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Born August 17, 1967 (1967-08-17) (age 51)
Hamilton, Ontario, Canada
Height 5 ft 11 in (1.80 m)
Weight 175 lb (79 kg; 12 st 7 lb)
Position Right Wing
Shoots Right
Played for St. Louis Blues
Winnipeg Jets
Hartford Whalers
Carolina Hurricanes
Chicago Blackhawks
Ottawa Senators
Atlanta Thrashers
Los Angeles Kings
National team Flag of Canada.svg Canada
NHL Draft 44th overall, 1985
St. Louis Blues
Playing career 1990–2002

Nelson Emerson (born Nelson Donald Emerson on August 17, 1967) is a Canadian former ice hockey right winger.

He appeared in 771 NHL games in his career, scoring 195 goals and adding 293 assists.

Nelson also appeared in 40 Stanley Cup playoff games, scoring seven goals and recording 15 assists.

Playing CareerEdit

Nelson grew up playing minor hockey in his hometown of Waterford, Ontario with the Waterford Wildcats of the OMHA.

He was selected in the 7th round (92nd overall) of the 1985 OHL Priority Selection by the Guelph Platers after spending the 1984-85 season with the Stratford Cullitons Jr.B. (OHA) club.

However, he elected to pursue an NCAA scholarship and spent a second year playing with the Cullitons before attending Bowling Green State University (CCHA) in Ohio in 1986-87.

Nelson was drafted in the third round (44th overall) by the St. Louis Blues in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft.

After playing four seasons at the Bowling Green State University (where he was a 3-time finalist for the Hobey Baker Award), Nelson made his professional debut with the Blues' IHL affiliate, the Peoria Rivermen at the end of the 1989–90 season.

In his first and only full season with the Rivermen (in 1990–91), he scored 36 goals and added 79 assists.

Nelson joined the Blues in the 1991–92 season, and scored 132 points in his two full seasons with them.

On September 24, 1993, he was traded to the Winnipeg Jets along with Stephane Quintal for Phil Housley.

Nelson had the most productive campaign of his NHL career that year (33 goals, 41 assists).

On October 6, 1995, he was traded by the Jets to the Hartford Whalers for Darren Turcotte.

Nelson played two seasons in Hartford. On June 25, 1997, he transfered to the Carolina Hurricanes after the Hartford Whalers franchise relocated.

On December 29, 1998, Nelson was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks for Paul Coffey. On March 23, 1999, he was traded to the Ottawa Senators for Chris Murray.

On August 3, 1999, he signed to the Atlanta Thrashers as a free agent and played in 58 games with them.

On March 13, 2000, Nelson was traded to the Los Angeles Kings with Kelly Buchberger for Donald Audette and Frantisek Kaberle.

He continued to play with the Kings until he officially announced his retirement on July 28, 2002.

Nelson was hired by the Los Angeles Kings as a video and player development consultant. On August 4, 2008, he was promoted to assistant coach\development coordinator after two seasons.

Career StatisticsEdit

    Regular season   Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1986–87 Bowling Green State University NCAA 45 26 35 61 28
1987–88 Bowling Green State University NCAA 45 34 49 83 54
1988–89 Bowling Green State University NCAA 44 22 46 68 46
1989–90 Bowling Green State University NCAA 44 30 52 82 42
1989–90 Peoria Rivermen IHL 3 1 1 2 0
1990–91 Peoria Rivermen IHL 73 36 79 115 91 17 9 12 21 16
1990–91 St. Louis Blues NHL 4 0 3 3 2
1991–92 St. Louis Blues NHL 79 23 36 59 66 6 3 3 6 21
1992–93 St. Louis Blues NHL 82 22 51 73 62 11 1 6 7 6
1993–94 Winnipeg Jets NHL 83 33 41 74 80
1994–95 Winnipeg Jets NHL 48 14 23 37 26
1995–96 Hartford Whalers NHL 81 29 29 58 78
1996–97 Hartford Whalers NHL 66 9 29 38 34
1997–98 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 81 21 24 45 50
1998–99 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 35 8 13 21 36
1998–99 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 27 4 10 14 13
1998–99 Ottawa Senators NHL 3 1 1 2 2 4 1 3 4 0
1999–00 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 58 14 19 33 47
1999–00 Los Angeles Kings NHL 5 1 1 2 0 1 0 0 0 0
2000–01 Los Angeles Kings NHL 78 11 11 22 54 13 2 2 4 4
2001–02 Los Angeles Kings NHL 41 5 2 7 25 5 0 1 1 2
NHL totals 771 195 293 488 575 40 7 15 22 33
NCAA totals 177 108 185 293 158
IHL totals 75 37 80 117 91 17 9 12 21 16

Awards & AchievementsEdit

  • All-CCHA First Team (1987-88)
  • All-CCHA Second Team (1988-89)
  • All-CCHA First Team (1989-90)
  • IHL Gary F. Longman Memorial Trophy (Most Outstanding Rookie) (1990-91)