Corey Neilson
Born August 22, 1976,
Oromocto, Canada
Height
Weight
6 ft 5 in (0 m)
220 lb (100 kg; 15)
Position Defenceman
Shot Right
team
F. teams
retired
Midget
Fredericton Caps
OHL
North Bay Centennials
Detroit Jr. Whalers
Barrie Colts
UHL
Quad City Mallards
Elmira Jackals
AHL
Portland Pirates
Syracuse Crunch
Oberliga
EC Timmendorfer Strand
ECHL
Louisiana IceGators
Pensacola Ice Pilots
EIHL
Nottingham Panthers
Ntl. team Flag of Canada.png Canada &
Flag of Great Britain.gif United Kingdom
NHL Draft 53rd overall, 1994
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career 1992–2013

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.

Since 2013-14 season, Neilson was the head coach of the Nottingham Panthers until 2018. Since that year, he is the head coach of the Lausitzer Füchse of the DEL2.

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]

Role Team Years
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]

Award Year
EIHL First All-Star team 2011–12 [1]

Career statistics[edit | edit source]

Regular season Playoffs
Season Team League GP G A Pts PIM GP G A Pts PIM
1999-00 Louisiana IceGators ECHL 56 10 16 26 127 19 0 7 7 36
1999-00 Team Canada 2 0 0 0 0
2000-01 Louisiana IceGators ECHL 64 15 25 40 128 14 2 10 12 24
2001-02 Louisiana IceGators ECHL 71 12 40 52 138 5 1 4 5 8
2002-03 Elmira Jackals UHL 72 10 44 54 136 8 1 4 5 26
2002-03 Syracuse Crunch AHL 4 0 0 0 2
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
2005-06 Florida Everblades ECHL 40 7 16 23 54 5 2 5 7 18
2006-07 Nottingham Panthers EIHL 54 11 31 42 111 4 1 1 2 12
2007-08 Nottingham Panthers EIHL 54 13 36 49 144 2 0 1 1 0
2008-09 Nottingham Panthers EIHL 54 15 47 62 123 4 1 4 5 10
2009-10 Nottingham Panthers EIHL 67 15 50 65 132 3 0 2 2 6
2010–11 Nottingham Panthers EIHL 63 10 50 60 110 4 1 2 3 8
2011–12 Nottingham Panthers EIHL 62 13 46 59 115 4 0 2 2 4
2012–13 Nottingham Panthers EIHL 9 0 6 6 18
EIHL totals 363 77 266 343 753 21 3 12 15 40
ECHL totals 406 87 219 306 773 52 5 31 36 94

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