|Born||August 22, 1976,|
|6 ft 5 in (0 m)|
220 lb (100 kg; 15)
North Bay Centennials
Detroit Jr. Whalers
Quad City Mallards
EC Timmendorfer Strand
Pensacola Ice Pilots
|Ntl. team|| Canada &|
|NHL Draft||53rd overall, 1994|
Corey Neilson (born on August 22, 1976 in Oromocto, Canada) is a retired Canadian-British ice hockey defenceman who is currently the head Coach of the Lausitzer Füchse of the DEL2 and the assistant coach of the British National Team.
Before his draft, Neilson played for Fredericton Caps. Neilson was drafted 53rd overall in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft by the Edmonton Oilers and spent the next few years developing his game in the North Bay Centennials, Detroit Jr. Whalers and Barrie Colts of the OHL. In 1997-98 season, Neilson played for Quad City Mallards of the UHL and for Portland Pirates of the AHL. Next season spent Neilson with German EC Timmendorfer Strand of the Oberliga. In 1999-2002, Neilson played for Louisiana IceGators of the ECHL. Then he spent one season playing with Elmira Jackals of the UHL and with Syracuse Crunch of the AHL. His next team was Pensacola Ice Pilots of the ECHL where he spent seasons 2003-04 and 2004-05 and also the first half of the 2005-06 season. The rest of the 2005-06 season spent Neilson with Florida Everblades of the ECHL. Then he headied over the England to play for the Nottingham Panthers, where he has been since 2006 when he was signed by then coach Mike Ellis as a player, he was later appointed player-coach in 2008 following a season as assistant player coach to Ellis.
Neilson continued to play and coach for the Panthers until he retired part way through the 2012-13 season, to which he later led the Nottingham Panthers to their first league title in 57 years and a grand slam season in 2012-13. Upon securing the league, the club retired Neilson's number 77 jersey alongside some of the Panthers legends of the past, Neilson became the 5th player to have his jersey retired by the club.
In addition, under his leadership Panthers have won six Challenge Cups and four Playoff championships, making him the most successful coach in Nottingham Panthers history.
Neilson played two games for the Canadian National Team and he also played at the 2011 World Championship Division I and 2012 World Championship Division IA as the member of the British National Team.
Neilson is also the assistant coach of the British National Team. He was in that role at the 2014 World Championship Division IB and is in that position now since 2017 which includes 2017 World Championship Division IB, 2018 World Championship Division IA and 2019 World Championship.
Coach history[edit | edit source]
|Player-coach||Nottingham Panthers||2008 - 2013|
|Head coach||Nottingham Panthers||2013 - 2018|
|Assistant coach||British National Team||2014, 2017 - present|
|Head coach||Lausitzer Füchse||2018 - present|
|Director of hockey operations||Lausitzer Füchse||2019 - 2020|
Awards and honours[edit | edit source]
|EIHL First All-Star team||2011–12|||
Career statistics[edit | edit source]
|2003-04||Pensacola Ice Pilots||ECHL||72||19||59||78||130||5||0||3||3||6|
|2004-05||Pensacola Ice Pilots||ECHL||71||18||44||62||79||4||0||2||2||2|
|2005-06||Pensacola Ice Pilots||ECHL||32||6||19||25||77||—||—||—||—||—|