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Jim Neilson
Jim Neilson
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Born(1941-11-28)November 28, 1941
Big River, Saskatchewan, Canada
DiedNovember 6, 2020(2020-11-06) (aged 78)
Big River, Saskatchewan, Canada
Height6 ft 2 in (188 cm)
Weight205 lb (93 kg; 14 st 9 lb)
PositionDefense
ShotLeft
Played forNew York Rangers
California Golden Seals
Cleveland Barons
Edmonton Oilers
Playing career1962–1979
James Anthony "Chief" Neilson (November 28, 1941 – November 6, 2020) is a Canadian former professional ice hockey defenceman who played in the National Hockey League (NHL) for the New York Rangers, California Golden Seals and Cleveland Barons and completed his career with the Edmonton Oilers in the World Hockey Association (WHA).
Neilson was born in Big River, Saskatchewan. He played a total of 1023 games in the NHL, with 69 goals and 299 assists. He played from 1962–63 season to 1977–78 season in the NHL and 1978–79 in the WHA.
In the 2009 book 100 Ranger Greats, the authors ranked Neilson at No. 42 all-time of the 901 New York Rangers who had played during the team's first 82 seasons.
Neilson was inducted into the Saskatchewan Sports Hall of Fame in 2018.
Contents
1 Career statistics
2 See also
3 References
4 External links
Career statistics
Β 
Β 
RegularΒ season
Β 
Playoffs
Season
Team
League
GP
G
A
Pts
PIM
GP
G
A
Pts
PIM
1958–59
Prince Albert Mintos
SJHL
10
1
2
3
6
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1959–60
Prince Albert Mintos
SJHL
57
21
28
49
61
7
2
2
4
6
1960–61
Prince Albert Mintos
SJHL
59
20
26
46
59
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β€”
β€”
β€”
β€”
1961–62
Kitchener Beavers
EPHL
70
9
33
42
78
7
2
3
5
2
1962–63
New York Rangers
NHL
69
5
11
16
38
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β€”
β€”
β€”
β€”
1963–64
New York Rangers
NHL
69
5
24
29
93
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β€”
β€”
β€”
1964–65
New York Rangers
NHL
62
0
13
13
58
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β€”
β€”
β€”
1965–66
New York Rangers
NHL
65
4
19
23
84
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β€”
β€”
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1966–67
New York Rangers
NHL
62
4
11
15
65
4
1
0
1
0
1967–68
New York Rangers
NHL
67
6
29
35
60
6
0
2
2
4
1968–69
New York Rangers
NHL
76
10
34
44
95
4
0
3
3
5
1969–70
New York Rangers
NHL
62
3
20
23
75
6
0
1
1
8
1970–71
New York Rangers
NHL
77
8
24
32
69
13
0
3
3
30
1971–72
New York Rangers
NHL
78
7
30
37
56
10
0
3
3
8
1972–73
New York Rangers
NHL
52
4
16
20
35
10
0
4
4
2
1973–74
New York Rangers
NHL
72
4
7
11
38
12
0
1
1
4
1974–75
California Golden Seals
NHL
72
3
17
20
56
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β€”
β€”
β€”
1975–76
California Golden Seals
NHL
26
1
6
7
20
β€”
β€”
β€”
β€”
β€”
1976–77
Cleveland Barons
NHL
72
3
17
20
42
β€”
β€”
β€”
β€”
β€”
1977–78
Cleveland Barons
NHL
68
2
21
23
20
β€”
β€”
β€”
β€”
β€”
1978–79
Edmonton Oilers
WHA
35
0
5
5
18
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NHL totals
1024
69
299
368
904
65
1
17
18
61
WHA totals
35
0
5
5
18
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See also
List of NHL players with 1000 games played
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