Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Todd Nelson
Defenceman Todd Nelson made it to the NHL for three games in the early 90s. He was a fine playmaker with a good shot from the point which was on display for several years in the minors.

The native of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan played junior with the local Raiders of the WHL. After scoring 59 points in 1988-89, he was chosen 79th overall by the Pittsburgh Penguins at the NHL Entry Draft. Nelson enjoyed a solid last year of junior in 1989-90 with 55 points. He was voted on to the WHL East second all-star team in 1989 and 1990 then turned pro with the IHL's Muskegon Lumberjacks the next year.

Nelson played one game in 1991-92 with the Penguins but the reigning Stanley Cup champions had plenty of offense on the blueline from Larry Murphy,.....The young blueliner continued to accumulate points in the minors and was signed as a free agent by the Washington Capitals in August, 1993. Nelson scored a goal in two games for the Caps then settled in with the AHL's Portland Pirates where he contributed to a Calder Cup championship in 1994. He continued to excel in the AHL before joining the IHL's Grand Rapids Griffins in 1996-97.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1984-85 Prince Albert Raiders SMBHL 36 3 18 21 50
1985-86 Prince Albert Midget Raiders SMHL 36 3 23 26 74
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 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 +1 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 +15 3 0 0 0 2
1998-99 Berlin Capitals Germany 44 5 10 15 26
1999-00 HIFK Helsinki EuroHL 1 0 0 0 0
1999-00 HIFK Helsinki Finland 4 1 1 2 2
1999-00 Grand Rapids Griffins IHL 73 2 15 17 47 +36 17 0 2 2 10
2000-01 Rochester Americans AHL 74 6 20 26 32 +9 4 0 2 2 2
2001-02 Muskegon Fury UHL 66 8 25 33 38 +33 17 2 6 8 2
2001-02 Grand Rapids Griffins AHL 7 0 2 2 8 0
NHL Totals 3 1 0 1 2 4 0 0 0 0


Brother of Jeff
WHL East Second All-Star Team (1989, 1990)
Signed as a free agent by Washington, August 15, 1993. Signed as a free agent by Grand Rapids (IHL), July 24, 1996. Signed as a free agent by Grand Rapids (IHL), September 30, 1999. Signed as a free agent by Rochester (AHL), September 8, 2000.
Officially announced retirement and named Assistant Coach of Grand Rapids (AHL), July 5, 2002.