Four-time monogram winner who was one of just 12 players in program?s 35-year history to serve two seasons as captain ... became Notre Dame?s all-time ?Iron Man? by playing in 114 consecutive games (dating back to his sophomore season) ... finished second on all-time games played list with 156 ... had 16 goals and 51 assists for 67 career points ... went on to play for the AHL?s Chicago Wolves, notching a goal in five games while remaining with team during the playoffs ... solid all-around defenseman who was a force at both ends of the ice ... consumate team leader ... gifted skater with outstanding hockey skills ... played in all key situations during career ... selected by Atlanta Thrashers in eighth round of 2000 NHL Entry Draft ... one of 14 Notre Dame players selected in the last 10 NHL drafts, including 11 over the last seven ... one of 16 letterwinners from Illinois to play hockey at Notre Dame.
AS A SENIOR: Eighth on team and third among Irish defensemen in scoring with three goals and career-bests in assists (18) and points (21) in 40 games ... had 16 penalties for 32 minutes ... career-high 18 assists ranked third on squad ... recorded two goals and 15 assists in 28 CCHA contests ... had four multiple-point games during season ... five-game point streak (2g, 6a) from Nov. 30-Dec. 28 equalled a career-high set as a junior ... assisted on both goals in 5-2 loss at home to Ferris State ... set up both Irish goals in 2-1 win over 14th-ranked Miami (Nov. 9) ... had six points (2g, 4a) in weekend sweep of Bowling Green ... had a goal and an assist in each game to equal career-high three-point game ... goals versus Falcons were his first two of the season ... scored final goal of the year in 4-1 home loss to Yale ... recorded five assists over the final 17 games of the year ... had one assist in four postseason games.
AS A JUNIOR: Finished season with career-high seven goals to go with 13 assists for 20 points ... also had career-highs in shots (78) and plus-minus (+5) while playing in all 38 games ... picked up 18 penalties for 44 minutes ... had a power-play goal and a game winner during the season ... recorded five goals and 12 assists for 17 points in 28 CCHA contests ... collected assists versus Northeastern, Northern Michigan, Ferris State and Western Michigan before notching first multiple-point game (1g, 1a) in 7-0 shutout versus Lake Superior ... selected CCHA defensive player of the week for week ending Dec. 2 ... picked up one assist (at Bowling Green) over next seven games before scoring empty-net goal to seal 4-1 win over eighth-ranked Northern Michigan (Jan. 11) ... opened the scoring for the Irish with first-period goal in 4-3 overtime win at Miami ... equalled his career-best with three-point night (1g, 2a) in 7-5 loss to Alaska Fairbanks (Feb. 1) ... found the goal-scoring touch in CCHA playoff series at Nebraska-Omaha ... scored first goal of game in 2-1 Irish overtime win in game two of series ... followed with game-winning goal at 18:03 of second period in game three to give Irish a 2-1 win and a trip to CCHA Super Six.
AS A SOPHOMORE: Finished eighth in team scoring and second among defensemen with two goals and 10 assists for 12 points while playing in 37 of the team?s 39 games ... was +1 for the year with 23 penalties for 54 minutes ... nine of his 12 points came in CCHA action ... had one game-winning goal versus Bowling Green (Feb. 10) ... missed both games of the Maverick Stampede with flu (only games missed during career) ... had just three points in first 29 games of the season before finishing with two goals and seven assists over the final 10 games ... turned in a career-best five-game point-scoring streak (2g, 4a) from Feb. 10 through March 2 ... collected two multiple-point games during the season ... had two-assist game at Ohio State (Feb. 3) and collected a goal and an assist versus Bowling Green (Feb. 10) ... first goal of the season was game-winner versus BG with just 44 seconds left in the game, breaking a 3-3 tie ... was all alone at center ice when Dan Carlson hit him with a pass from deep in the Notre Dame zone, racing in to beat BG?s Tyler Masters for 4-3 lead ... scored his second breakaway goal in as many games versus Michigan (Feb. 16) ... burst out of the penalty box to take a lead pass from Ryan Dolder and beat Michigan?s Josh Blackburn with a low wrist shot ... finished the season with points in five of his last six games.
AS A FRESHMAN: Appeared in 41 of 42 games as youngest member of defense that included four seniors ... totaled four goals and 10 assists to tie Tyson Fraser as the team?s top-scoring defensemen ... second on team in plus-minus (+3), with two game-winning goals, two powerplay goals and 27 penalties ... 12 of his 14 points came at Joyce Center ... had three multi-point games ... first career point came on an assist in 5-2 win over Miami ... first career goal came on the power play and was a gamewinner versus Alaska Fairbanks ... had a goal and an assist in 5-3 win over UMass ... scored off a scramble in front, flipping in a rebound shot in 4-2 loss to Princeton ... ended nine-game point drought on Feb. 12, when he recorded season-high three-point game (1g, 2a) in 7-4 win versus Nebraska-Omaha.
PREP & PERSONAL: A first team all-New England selection as a senior defenseman at the Taft School in Watertown, Conn. ... named to Hockey Night in Boston (HNIB) all-star teams in ?97, ?98 and ?99 ...MVP of the Midwest team at the ?99 HNIB ... his stats at Taft included seven goals and five assists as a junior, five goals and 12 assists as a senior ... team MVP as a junior ... also played football and lacrosse at Taft ...played on the U.S. Under-17 national team at international tournament in Kitchener, Ont., assisting on game-winning goal vs. Team Quebec in that tournament to help Team USA claim the bronze medal ... participated in the USA Hockey select-16 and select-17 festivals ... attended Evanston Township (Ill.) High School for two years before moving on to Taft ... father Dana Nielsen played football at University of Wisconsin-River Falls ... uncle Bill Nielsen played football at Wabash ... son of Dana and Rosemary Nielsen ... full name is Evan Cole Nielsen ... born May 28, 1981, in Evanston, Ill. ... graduated with a degree in political science from Notre Dame.