Nelson Emerson is in his fifth season in the Player Development department with the Kings after spending the previous two seasons as an Assistant Coach. He was originally named to the club’s coaching staff on July 10, 2006.
Prior to embarking on his coaching career, Emerson, a right wing born in Hamilton, Ontario, played with the Kings from 2000-02 and recorded 31 points (17-14=31) and 79 penalty minutes in 124 regular season NHL games. He also played in 19 playoff games with the Kings and had five points (2-3=5) and six penalty minutes.
Originally selected by the St. Louis Blues in the third-round (44th overall) of the 1985 NHL Entry Draft, Emerson recorded 488 points (195-293=488) and 575 penalty minutes in 771 career regular season NHL games. In 40 career NHL playoff games, he had 22 points (7-15=22) and 33 penalty minutes.
Prior to turning pro, Emerson, 45 (8/17/67), enjoyed four standout years at Bowling Green State University of the Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA), where he was a two-time All-American, a three-time CCHA All-Star and he was the school’s all-time leading scorer with 294 points while becoming the first player to be a finalist for the Hobey Baker Award three different seasons. At Bowling Green, Emerson was a teammate of former Kings defenseman Rob Blake and he also is the CCHA all-time leading scorer and the NCAA’s seventh all-time leading scorer.
Emerson also worked as a Coaches Aide with the Kings during the 2003-04 season.
Nelson and his wife June have four children: daughters Mackenzie and Madelyn, and sons Quinn and Blake. They reside in Manhattan Beach.