GRAND FORKS, N.D. – Former University of North Dakota standout Brock Nelson, who recently completed his rookie season in the National Hockey League, has been selected to play for the United States at the 2014 International Ice Hockey Federation (IIHF) World Championship.
Nelson was one of the first 15 players named to the roster today by USA Hockey for the upcoming championship, scheduled for May 9-25 in Minsk, Belarus. A two-year letterwinner at UND in 2010-11 and 2011-12, Nelson scored 14 goals and added 12 assists in 72 games this season with the NHL’s New York Islanders, making him the team’s leading rookie scorer.
The Warroad, Minn., native previously represented the U.S. at the 2011 World Junior Championship. In 84 career games at UND, Nelson amassed 36 goals and 32 assists and was named to the All-Western Collegiate Hockey Association (WCHA) Third Team as a sophomore in 2011-12 after leading the conference with 28 goals.
After signing with the Islanders following his sophomore season, Nelson spent the 2012-13 campaign with the American Hockey League’s Bridgeport Sound Tigers, where he scored a team-leading 52 points and set a franchise rookie record with 25 goals. He made his NHL debut later that spring during the Stanley Cup Playoffs, appearing in one game for the Islanders during the first round against the Pittsburgh Penguins.
USA Hockey will finalize its World Championship roster in the coming weeks. For more information, please visit www.usahockey.com.