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Todd Nelson (ice hockey)

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Position  Defence
Role  Ice hockey player
Team  Oklahoma City Barons
Name  Todd Nelson
Career start  1990

Playing career  1990–2002
Weight  91 kg
Shot  Left
Height  1.85 m
Siblings  Jeff Nelson
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Born  May 15, 1969 (age 46) Prince Albert, SK, CAN (1969-05-15)
Played for  Pittsburgh Penguins Washington Capitals
NHL Draft  79th overall, 1989 Pittsburgh Penguins
Similar People  Dallas Eakins, Anton Lander, Tyler Pitlick, Todd McLellan, Oscar Klefbom

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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.


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Playing career

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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

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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.

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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.

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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.

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On June 16, 2015, Nelson was named the head coach of the Grand Rapids Griffins of the American Hockey League (AHL). Nelson became the third person ever to win the Calder Cup as a player (1994), assistant coach (2008), and head coach (2017), joining Bob Woods and Mike Stothers.


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

    Note: Head coaching statistics only.


  • August 15, 1993 – Signed as a free agent by the Washington Capitals.
  • References

    Todd Nelson (ice hockey) Wikipedia