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Nelson Emerson

The most prolific scorer in CCHA history, Nelson Emerson took no time at all to make a name for himself at Bowling Green, earning CCHA Rookie of the Year honors in 1987. The following year, he landed a spot on the All-CCHA first team, as well as second team All-American honors, and was named a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award. That season, he set a BG record for scoring a goal in 10 straight games. Emerson led the Falcons in scoring in his junior season, taking second team All-CCHA honors, twice earning CCHA Player of the Week honors and was again named a Hobey Baker finalist.

His senior season was a record-breaking one. Again leading the team in scoring, Emerson recorded his 271st career point on February 3, 1990, with a first period assist in a 4-3 win over Miami(OH). That game also saw Falcon head coach Jerry York collect his 400th career coaching victory. During one stretch, Emerson recorded a point in 29 consecutive games. His career totals of 182 assists and 294 points are still BGSU records, as is his 178 games played (a record he shares with Greg Parks). His 112 goals stand sixth all-time at Bowling Green. At the end of the season, Emerson again earned first team All-CCHA and All-American honors, and became the first player to be named a Hobey Baker Award finalist three times.

Shortly after the 1989-90 season, Emerson signed with the St. Louis Blues, who had drafted him in the 1985 NHL Draft. He played three seasons in St. Louis before signing with Winnipeg after the 1992-93 season. He played for eight teams in all during his 12-year NHL career, recording 195 goals and 293 assists in 771 career games, retiring in 2002 after playing three seasons for the Los Angeles Kings.

He was inducted to the BGSU Athletic Hall of Fame in 1995, and the university retired his number in a joint ceremony with fellow #19 Brian Holzinger on February 24, 1996. The number became just the fourth in the history of BG athletics to be retired.

Nelson Emerson’s career statistics

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