1969 NHL Amateur Draft Pick
Round Overall
6 65
Neil Nicholson
Selected by Oakland from London (OHA)
Oakland Seals London Knights
Neil Nicholson

5-foot-11, 176 pounds

Right-hand shot


Pre-Draft Statistics

Year Team League GP G A TP PIM
1966-67 Fredericton NBJHL 27 9 11 20 39
1967-68Fredericton NBSHL 31 11 20 31 30
1968-69 London OHA 54 16 26 42 62

Pre-Draft Notes

On Halifax (NSJHL) for 1967 Memorial Cup and on Fredericton (NBJHL) for 1968.
Canadian • Born Sept. 12, 1949 in Saint John, New Brunswick • Hometown: Saint John, N.B.

Career Vitals

First contract: 1969
Debut: April 11, 1970 (playoffs)
(Oakland vs. Pittsburgh)
Final NHL game: November 23, 1977
(N.Y. Islanders at Minnesota)
Retired: 1985
Stanley Cup: Never won
Numbers worn: 23 (Oakland);
25, 20 (N.Y. Islanders)

Career NHL Statistics

Teams: Oakland, N.Y. Islanders
Years: 1972-1977. Playoffs: 1970

Regular Season
3 years 39 3 1 4 23
Stanley Cup Playoffs
1 year 2 0 0 0 0
Complete statistics available at NHL.com 

Career Highlights

Also played right wing during his pro career. ... Attended first New York Islanders training camp in 1972, but did not make NHL roster out of camp. ... Played on first New York Islanders team in franchise's inaugural 1972-73 season, making his NHL regular-season debut in N.Y. Islanders' Dec. 3, 1972, game at Boston.  ... Named Fort Worth (CHL) captain prior to 1974-75 season and remained in that role through 1977-78 season. ... Named to CHL All-Star First Team with Fort Worth in 1976-77. ... Played on 1977-78 Fort Worth team that won CHL regular-season title. ... Won CHL Adams Cup with Fort Worth in 1978.

Transaction History

October 1971 -- Minor-league playing rights sold by California to Providence (AHL). June 6, 1972 -- Selected by N.Y. Islanders from Salt Lake (WHL, California affiliate) in Inter-league Draft. March 1979 -- Signed with N.Y. Islanders as a restricted free agent after spending 1978-79 season in Europe.

Significant Injuries

Missed part of the 1969-70 season with knee injury.

Life Outside the NHL

Full Name: Neil Andrews Nicholson

Other Post-Draft Teams: Providence (AHL); New Haven (AHL); Fort Worth (CHL); Langnau (Switzerland); Dallas (CHL); Moncton (AHL)

Coaching Career: Served as Zurich Lions (Switzerland) head coach from the second half of 1988-89 season through 1989-90 season.

Career Beyond Hockey: Returned to Canada after his playing and coaching career in Europe and became a player agent with International Sports Management, the company that had helped him go to Europe in the first place. He remained with ISM until 2001. ... Became a sales and marketing executive with McCann Equipment, a prominent Canadian tool-manufacturing company, in 2001.


Selected by Winnipeg Jets in 1972 WHA Draft -- the first-ever WHA Draft -- in February 1972. Called for 10 major penalties in his rookie professional season with Providence in 1969-70. Called up to Oakland on April 7, 1970 as spare player for playoff series vs. Pittsburgh. Began playing right wing at the professional level with Providence in 1970-71 season.
Total Selected: 84
Forwards: 58
Defense: 18
Goaltenders: 8
Major Junior: 68
College Players: 8
Canadian: 78
Euro-Canadian: 1
American: 4
European: 1
Reached NHL: 49
Won Stanley Cup: 10
Hall of Fame: 1
All-Star Game: 7
Year-end All-Star: 1
Olympians: 2
Picks Traded: 11


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