A native of Prince Albert, Saskatchewan, Nelson was drafted by the Washington Capitals in the 2nd round of the 1991 Entry draft. Nelson was a member of the inaugural Calder Cup Championship team from 1993-1994. During that season, Nelson put together one of the most outstanding performances by a member of the Pirates in team history, registering 34 goals and 73 assists for 107 points, setting the Pirates single season points record that still stands today. His individual efforts during 1993-1994 earned him team MVP honors as well as the Player’s Player award, an award he again won during the 2000-2001 season. His 10 goals in the playoffs for that season helped the Pirates win the Calder Cup in their first season. Nelson would go on to enjoy success with the Pirates for parts of 4 more seasons, serving as the second team captain in franchise history for the 1995-1996 season, and making the AHL All Star Classic teams in both the 1995 and 1996 seasons. In 5 seasons with Portland, Nelson scored 124 goals and 222 assists for 346 points, ranking second all-time in Pirates history in all three categories. Nelson played in 52 NHL games with the Washington Capitals and Nashville Predators over 3 seasons.
YEAR INDUCTED: 2013