Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Nelson Emerson
Nelson Emerson played Junior B hockey with the Stratford Cullitons and in 1985-86, he led the league with 54 goals and 112 points. In 1986-87, he enrolled at Bowling Green State University and scored 61 points as a CCHA freshman and was named CCHA Rookie-of-the-Year. The following season, he scored 83 points and was named both a CCHA First Team All-Star and a NCAA West Second Team All-American. Most importantly to Emerson, he helped his school win a CCHA championship. In 1988-89, he scored 68 points and was named a CCHA Second Team All-Star. In 1989-90, his senior college season, Emerson scored 30 goals and 82 points and was named both a CCHA First Team All-Star and a NCAA West First Team All-American and was the recipient of the Hobey Baker Award, which goes to the top player in U.S. collegiate hockey.

Emerson was drafted 44th overall in the 1985 NHL Entry Draft by the St. Louis Blues. On November 23, 1990, he made his NHL debut with two assists against the Chicago Blackhawks. He played 79 games in his rookie season and scored 59 points.

On September 24, 1993, Emerson was traded to the Winnipeg Jets and in his first season with the Jets, he had 74 points and led the team with five short-handed goals, six game-winning goals and 282 shots on net. In the shortened 1994-95 season, he played all 48 games and scored 37 points.

During the 1996-97 season Emerson was traded to the Hartford Whalers. He played 81 games and scored 29 goals and 58 points before he and the franchise moved to Carolina in 1997-98, where they were renamed the Hurricanes, and scored 21 goals and 45 points in 81 games.

In 1998-99, he was traded to the Chicago Blackhawks and barely had time to unpack his bags before being traded again on March 23, to the Ottawa Senators. On August 3, 1999, Emerson signed as a free agent with the expansion Atlanta Thrashers. After scoring 33 points in 58 games, he was then traded to the Los Angeles Kings where he went on to play three seasons before stepping away from the game following the 2001-02 season.

Emerson is a member of the Bowling Green State University Hall of Fame after he was inducted in 1995.


REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1984-85 Stratford Cullitons ON-Jr.B 40 23 38 61 70
1985-86 Stratford Cullitons ON-Jr.B 39 54 58 112 91
1986-87 Bowling Green University CCHA 45 26 35 61 28
1987-88 Bowling Green University CCHA 45 34 49 83 54
1988-89 Bowling Green University CCHA 44 22 46 68 46
1989-90 Bowling Green University CCHA 44 30 52 82 42
1989-90 Peoria Rivermen IHL 3 1 1 2 0
1990-91 St. Louis Blues NHL 4 0 3 3 2 -2
1990-91 Peoria Rivermen IHL 73 36 79 115 91 17 9 12 21 16
1991-92 St. Louis Blues NHL 79 23 36 59 66 -5 6 3 3 6 21
1991-92 Canada WC-A 3 0 1 1 2
1992-93 St. Louis Blues NHL 82 22 51 73 62 +2 11 1 6 7 6
1993-94 Winnipeg Jets NHL 83 33 41 74 80 -38
1993-94 Canada WC-A 8 2 2 4 4
1994-95 Winnipeg Jets NHL 48 14 23 37 26 -12
1995-96 Hartford Whalers NHL 81 29 29 58 78 -7
1996-97 Hartford Whalers NHL 66 9 29 38 34 -21
1997-98 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 81 21 24 45 50 -17
1997-98 Canada WC-A 6 2 1 3 2
1998-99 Carolina Hurricanes NHL 35 8 13 21 36 +1
1998-99 Chicago Blackhawks NHL 27 4 10 14 13 +8
1998-99 Ottawa Senators NHL 3 1 1 2 2 -1 4 1 3 4 0
1999-00 Atlanta Thrashers NHL 58 14 19 33 47 -24
1999-00 Los Angeles Kings NHL 5 1 1 2 0 +1 1 0 0 0 0
2000-01 Los Angeles Kings NHL 78 11 11 22 54 -13 13 2 2 4 4
2001-02 Los Angeles Kings NHL 41 5 2 7 25 -8 5 0 1 1 2
NHL Totals 771 195 293 488 575 40 7 15 22 33


CCHA Rookie of the Year (1987)
CCHA First All-Star Team (1988, 1990)
NCAA West Second All-American Team (1988)
CCHA Second All-Star Team (1989)
NCAA West First All-American Team (1990)
IHL First All-Star Team (1991)
Garry F. Longman Memorial Trophy (Rookie of the Year - IHL) (1991)
Traded to Winnipeg by St. Louis with Stephane Quintal for Phil Housley, September 24, 1993. Traded to Hartford by Winnipeg for Darren Turcotte, October 6, 1995. Transferred to Carolina after Hartford franchise relocated, June 25, 1997. Traded to Chicago by Carolina for Paul Coffey, December 29, 1998. Traded to Ottawa by Chicago for Chris Murray, March 23, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Atlanta, August 3, 1999. Traded to Los Angeles by Atlanta with Kelly Buchberger for Donald Audette and Frantisek Kaberle, March 13, 2000.
Officially announced retirement, July 28, 2002.
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