Legends of Hockey -- NHL Player Search -- Player -- Nels Podolsky
Nels Podolsky was born December 19, 1925 in Winnipeg, Manitoba. A graduate of the Quebec Junior Hockey League and of the Quebec Senior Hockey League, Podolsky joined the Ontario Hockey Association Junior 'A' Hockey League's Galt Kists in 1943-44 where he scored 25 goals in 26 games.

In 1944-45 the Winnipeg, Manitoba native joined the Halifax Navy of the Nova Scotia Defense Hockey League and was also a member of the Cornwallis Navy, a team with whom he never played a single game for due to his military service.

Podolsky joined the United States Hockey League's Omaha Knights in 1944-45 where he spent one season before joining the American Hockey League's Indianapolis Capitols the following year, a team with whom he spent the next five seasons. In those five seasons with Indianapolis, Podolsky's strong play earned him a call up by the Detroit Red Wings during the 1948-49 season.

Podolsky played in only one regular season and seven playoff games with Detroit before he was sent back to Indianapolis the following year. After five years with the Capitols, Podolsky joined the Pacific Coast Hockey League's Edmonton Flyers in 1951-52 before returning to the AHL the following year as a member of the St. Louis Flyers. Even though he played in 18 games with St. Louis, Podolsky spent the majority of his season with the Quebec Major Hockey League's Shawinigan Cataractes.

In 1953-54, Podolsky joined the Quebec Hockey League's Sherbrooke Saints for one season before spending the next three seasons with International Hockey League's Troy Bruins.

Podolsky ended his career following the 1957-58 Northern Ontario Hockey Association season while as a member of the Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds.

Throughout his playing career, Nels Podolsky played in eight career NHL games.

REGULAR SEASON PLAYOFFS
Season Club League GP G A TP PIM +/- GP G A TP PIM
1942-43 Montreal Jr. Royals QJHL 4 2 2 4 6 8 2 1 3 6
1942-43 Montreal Royals QSHL 1 0 0 0 0
1943-44 Galt Red Wings OHA-Jr. 26 25 16 41 54 3 1 0 1 4
1944-45 Halifax Navy NSDHL 3 0 0 0 6
1944-45 Cornwallis Navy NSDHL
1945-46 Omaha Knights USHL 44 9 13 22 64 7 2 3 5 4
1946-47 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 61 8 7 15 96
1947-48 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 68 25 30 55 57
1948-49 Detroit Red Wings NHL 1 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 4
1948-49 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 64 26 30 56 92 2 1 0 1 0
1949-50 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 52 18 24 42 67 8 1 4 5 8
1950-51 Indianapolis Capitols AHL 19 3 4 7 13 1 0 0 0 0
1951-52 Edmonton Flyers PCHL 59 14 16 30 112 2 0 1 1 0
1952-53 St. Louis Flyers AHL 18 2 6 8 39
1952-53 Shawinigan Cataractes QMHL 47 15 19 34 93
1953-54 Sherbrooke Saints QHL 64 15 25 40 67 5 0 1 1 4
1954-55 Troy Bruins IHL 60 16 18 34 156 11 1 4 5 9
1955-56 Troy Bruins IHL 60 17 17 34 147 5 0 0 0 4
1956-57 Troy Bruins IHL 52 9 14 23 105
1957-58 Sault Ste. Marie Greyhounds NOHA 35 4 9 13 54 4 0 0 0 10
NHL Totals 1 0 0 0 0 7 0 0 0 4


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