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| 6 ft 1 in (1.85 m)|
200 lb (91 kg)
|Teams|| Pittsburgh Penguins|
|Born|| May 15 1969,|
Prince Albert, SK, CAN
|NHL Draft|| 79th overall, 1989|
|Pro Career||1990 – 2002|
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.
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.
On July 25, 2008, he accepted an assistant coaching position with the Atlanta Thrashers of the NHL.