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2010-11 (Freshman): Recipient of UND's Tom Hoghaug Memorial Scholarship, awarded annually to the freshman who demonstrates
initiative, character and a sense of responsibility ... Named to Athletics
Director's Fall Honor Roll ... Led all Sioux freshmen in points (21) and goals
(eight) ... Had 15 points (6g, 9a) in 22 games after the Christmas break, compared
to six points (2g, 4a) in 20 games prior to Christmas ... Had a goal and an
assist in UND's 6-1 win over No. 5 Denver in the NCAA Midwest Region
championship game (March 27) ... Goal put UND up 4-1 with 5:17 left in third
period ... His assist came on Brett Hextall's power-play goal late in the
second period that held up as the game-winner ... Reached the scoresheet in
seven of his last 12 games, amassing 11 points (3g, 8a) during that time ...
Put together a season-long four-game point streak (2g, 4a) from March 4-12 ...
Collected three assists in UND's WCHA first round sweep of Michigan Tech (March
11-12) ... Had five two-point efforts on the season, including two-goal games against
Robert Morris (Jan. 7) and in the regular season finale at Michigan Tech (March
5) ... Both of his goals at MTU came on the power play ... Scored his first
career game-winning goal in UND's 6-0 win at Colorado College (Jan. 29) ...
Also added an assist and was a season-best plus-3 in that game ... Scored his
first career goal Nov. 6 against Minnesota Duluth ... Notched his first career
point with an assist in a 5-2 win at Bemidji State (Oct. 16) ... Earned first
letter ... Helped lead the United States to a bronze medal at the 2011 IIHF World
Junior Championship in Buffalo in December.
Before UND: Selected in the first round, 30th overall, by the New York Islanders in the 2010 NHL Entry Draft ... Participated in 2010 USA Hockey National Junior Evaluation Camp in August ... Averaged nearly three points per game last season at Warroad (Minn.) High School, amassing 39 goals and 34 assists in 25 games ... Named a finalist for Minnesota's Mr. Hockey Award, given annually to the top senior player in the state ... Registered 45 goals and 31 assists in 31 games as a junior in 2008-09.
Personal: Majoring in pre-investments ... Son of Roc and Jeri Nelson ... Uncle, Dave Christian, played at UND (1977-79) and won Olympic gold with the United States' famed "Miracle on Ice" team in 1980 before going on to play in more than 1,000 career NHL games with Winnipeg, Washington, Boston, St. Louis and Chicago ... Uncle, Eddie Christian, lettered for UND from 1980 to 1984 ... Great uncle, Gordon "Ginny" Christian also played at UND (1947-50) and won Olympic silver with the United States in 1956.
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Bold stats indicate led team