MTU’s Nielsen signs with Syracuse Crunch

Courtesy of the Syracuse Crunch/MTU Athletics

SYRACUSE, N.Y. — The Syracuse Crunch have signed Michigan Tech defenseman Carl Nielsen to a try-out contract Crunch General Manager Julien BriseBois announced today.

Nielsen, 24, recently concluded his career at Michigan Tech, where he played four seasons and tallied four goals and 16 assists. The 6-4, 225-pound defenseman recorded one goal and four assists in 37 games this season. Nielsen earned the Gitzen-Loutit Memorial Award as Michigan Tech’s most outstanding defensive player his sophomore season. Nielsen was named the team’s assistant captain as a junior and captain this season.

The Amherst, Ohio, native spent two seasons with both the Mahoning Valley Phantoms and Alpena IceDiggers of the North American Hockey League before attending Michigan Tech. Nielsen appeared in 73 games (7g, 18a) for the Phantoms and 46 games (9g, 8a) for the IceDiggers.