Aaron NELL

Number #19
Position: Forward
Date of birth October 22, 1989
Weight 95kg
Height 190cm
Joined club 2008-09
Honours GB U18s, GB U20s and GB Senior


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Past clubs:  North Okanagan Kings, Kenai River Brown Bears, Coventry Blaze and Sheffield Steelers.

Nell is a 6’3” forward who began his career with the club junior affiliate sides, the Cougars and Leopards in 2002-03.

In 2006-07, he moved to the USA to gain experience and iced for the North Okanagan Kings (now named North Okanagan Knights) and was also selected for the GB U18s during the same season.

He remained in the States the following year and switched to the Kenai River Brown Bears where he also stepped up to the GB U20 side, scoring 3 goals in 5 appearances for the National side.

Nell returned to the UK the following year and joined up with the EPIHL Wildcats and registered 19 goals and 18 assists for 37 points from 42 appearances and that was just a sign of things to come.

The following season (2009-10), the player made 54 appearances for the club, and scored an amazing 39 goals and made 29 assists for 68 points and it wasn’t long before he caught the eye of the Elite League Coventry Blaze.

Icing for the Blaze the same season, the player made 14 appearances and scored one goal and in 2010-11, he joined the club where he went on to score 14 goals and make 23 assists from 61 appearances during the year, but after a further 19 games, 4 goals and 7 assists the following season, he returned home to Swindon during the 2011-12 season.

Having returned to Wiltshire, he made 38 appearances netting 46 goals and making 33 appearances (for 79 points).

Remaining with the Cats, in 2012-13, Nell broke all records recording 115 points in the season, scoring 60 goals and making 55 assists from 54 games in a campaign which saw him wear the captain badge for the club for the first time.

The season also saw Nell break in to the senior GB team, a feat he is yet to repeat before being snapped up by the Elite League Sheffield Steelers ahead of the 2013-14 season getting underway.

A change in coaching staff saw Nell’s playing chances limited and after 40 appearances (and 2 goals and assists), he returned to Wiltshire in a two-way deal much to the delight of the Wildcats fans.

32 goals and 16 assists from just 28 games convinced the player that home is where the heart is, and with the agreement of the Steelers he became a Wildcats player once again ahead of the 2014-15 season where he remains to this day.

Alongside his playing career, Nell also became involved in running the clubs Brunel sponsored Community Programme during the 2015-16 season before midway through, being appointed as player-coach following Stevie Lyle stepping down from the role.

On March 4 [2016], the club announced that Nell had agreed a rolling contract and that he would remain in his player-coach position for the 2016-17 season.

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