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| 6 ft 2 in (1.88 m)|
200 lb (91 kg)
San Antonio Rampage
Columbus Blue Jackets
|Born|| February 16 1980,|
|NHL Draft|| 36th overall, 1998|
New York Islanders
|Pro Career||2000 – 2006|
Nielsen was born in Tanzania while his Canadian father was stationed there working for the Canadian International Development Agency. His family moved back to Canada when he was three, and he grew up on a farm near the small town of Goodlands, Manitoba.
Nielsen played junior hockey with the Calgary Hitmen of the Western Hockey League. He was a member of the 1998–99 team that won the President's Cup, and got within a game of winning the Memorial Cup. He won the Doug Wickenheiser Memorial Trophy in 1999–00 as the WHL's Humanitarian of the Year.
Nielsen turned pro in 2000, playing three seasons with the Syracuse Crunch of the American Hockey League, earning two callups to the Blue Jackets during that time. He then bounced around between the Chicago Wolves, Manitoba Moose and San Antonio Rampage of the AHL and the Laredo Bucks of the Central Hockey League before heading to Europe to play in Germany in 2005–06. Nielsen retired from professional hockey in 2006.
After retiring from hockey, Nielsen went back to university at the University of Manitoba and is currently the colour commentator for the Manitoba Moose at their home games while attending school.
Nielsen is currently playing AAA senior hockey in Steinbach Manitoba for the Steinbach North Stars who are hosting the 2009 Allan Cup which is being held April 13-18,2009 in Steinbach, Manitoba, Canada.
- 1999 - WHL Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy
- 2000 - WHL Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy.
- 2000 - WHL Humanitarian of the Year Award.
- June 27, 1998 - Drafted in the 2nd round, 36th overall by the New York Islanders in the 1998 NHL Entry Draft.
- May 11, 2000 - Traded by the New York Islanders to the Columbus Blue Jackets for the Blue Jackets' 4th round selection (Jonas Rönnqvist) and 9th round selection (Dmitri Altarev) in the 2000 NHL Entry Draft.
- December 2, 2002 - Traded by the Columbus Blue Jackets with Petteri Nummelin to the Atlanta Thrashers for Tomi Kallio and Pauli Levokari.
- January 20, 2003 - Traded by the Atlanta Thrashers with Chris Herperger to the Vancouver Canucks for Jeff Farkas.
|2000–01||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||29||4||5||9||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2001–02||Columbus Blue Jackets||NHL||23||2||3||5||4||—||—||—||—||—|
|2004–05||San Antonio Rampage||AHL||54||8||8||16||20||—||—||—||—||—|
|Winner of the WHL Daryl K. (Doc) Seaman Trophy|
| Succeeded by|
|Winner of the WHL Humanitarian of the Year Award|
| Succeeded by|
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