The Steelheads are the ECHL affiliate of the Dallas Stars of the National Hockey League and the Texas Stars of the American Hockey League.
Nelson, 26, spent last season playing professionally in Italy after spending most of his pro career in the American Hockey League. In 138 career AHL games with Providence and Norfolk, Nelson has tallied 31 points (17g-14a). The Calgary, Alberta native has appeared in 50 career ECHL games with Reading, Bakersfield and Greenville, recording 33 points (15g-18a).
Prior to turning pro, Nelson saw action in 198 career Western Hockey League games with Swift Current from 2004-08 where he had 152 points (65g-87a).