PENSACOLA, Fla. – The Pensacola Ice Pilots have re-signed ECHL Defenseman of the Year Corey Neilson.
Neilson became the first Pensacola defenseman to be named All-ECHL when he was named to the First Team on Thursday. He is the second player in team history to be named to the All-ECHL First Team and the third overall to be named All-ECHL. In 2001-02, Louis Dumont was named All-ECHL First Team at right wing and Greg Pankewicz was named All-ECHL Second Team at right wing.
Selected in the third round (53rd overall) by Edmonton in the 1994 NHL Entry Draft, Neilson led ECHL defensemen and tied for eighth overall in scoring with 78 points (19g-59a) while leading the ECHL with 35 power-play assists and 44 power-play points (9g-35a) in 72 games. Voted as a starter for the Western Conference for the 2004 ECHL All-Star Game, the 6-5 and 225-pound Neilson tied for the lead among defensemen with 19 goals while leading defensemen and tying for third overall in assists with 59.