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Oct. 11, 1962 (Rangers vs. Detroit Red Wings)
FINAL GAME WITH RANGERS
May 5, 1974 (Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers) (playoffs)
MAJOR NHL AWARDS/ACHIEVEMENTS WITH RANGERS
NHL Second All-Star Team — 1967-68
NHL All-Star Game — 1967, 1971
RANGERS ORGANIZATION STATISTICS
Minor-league games: 196
Minor-league teams: Prince Albert (SJHL) 1958-1961; Kitchener-Waterloo (EPHL) 1961-62
Full Name: James Anthony Neilson
Nickname: The Chief
Uniform Numbers: 15
Retired from pro hockey: 1979
He wasn`t flashy, but reliable defenseman Jim Neilson was an anchor on the Rangers` blueline for a dozen seasons from 1962 to 1974.
In an era when he was often overshadowed by superstar Brad Park, Neilson managed to play in two NHL All-Star Games in 1967 and 1971 and was also named to the NHL`s Second All-Star Team in 1967-68.
In the year after he was recognized with his lone NHL postseason honor, he erupted for 10 goals and 34 assists. His 44 points in 1968-69 were seven more than he had in any other NHL season.
Nielson left the Rangers when he was claimed by the California Golden Seals in the 1974 NHL Intra-League Draft. At the time of his departure, only Harry Howell, Rod Gilbert and Vic Hadfield had played more games with the Rangers than the man known to fans as "The Chief".
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