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The Dane began his career with his home team, Herning, with whom he won the championship straight away in his first professional season at the age of 17. In 2002 Nielsen was drafted by the New York Islanders in 87th position, but played four seasons in Sweden after the draft. From 2006 he initially played for the New York Islanders for ten years in the best ice hockey league in the world and from 2016 wore the jersey of the Detroit Red Wings for five more seasons. In these 15 years, the 37-year-old played a total of 949 NHL games, in which he collected 171 goals and 311 assists. For Detroit, Nielsen has served as assistant captain for the past three seasons. A function that he has already performed four seasons in New York. At the World Cup of Hockey 2016 he was part of Team Europe, which took second place in this tournament. Nielsen has represented his home country Denmark at eight World Championships and once at the Division IA World Cup. With the Danish national team, the 1.84-meter-tall and 85-kilogram center qualified for the Olympic Games in 2022 in the summer.
“When the opportunity arose to sign Frans, we had to take advantage of it. He’s a top player who adds even more depth to our squad. Frans is not only a reinforcement for our offensive, but for the entire polar bear team. With his vast experience, he will help us to achieve our goals, ”said Eisbären sports director Stéphane Richer, commenting on the Dane’s commitment. Frans Nielsen receives a one-year contract and will wear the number 51 on his back.