Kelsey Wilson has the rare ability to be the team enforcer and put pucks in the net on a fairly regular basis, a la Bob Probert or Tiger Williams. In his final season with the Guelph Storm in 2005-06, he led the team with 196 penalty minutes while scoring 38 goals, good for second on the team and accumulating 69 points which was good for third on the Storm. In the playoffs that season, Wilson exploded for 12 goals in 15 games. (BTW – Can you name the last OHLer to have a 100 point / 200 PIM season?)
Kelsey Wilson played three seasons in the Ontario Hockey League from 2003-04 to 2005-06. He began with the Sarnia Sting and switched to the Guelph Storm midway through his second season in the OHL.
Undrafted, Wilson was picked up as a free agent by the Nashville Predators organization. He played three seasons with Nashville’s American Hockey League affiliate, the Milwaukee Admirals, from 2006-07 to 2008-09. Each season, he led the Admirals in penalty minutes with 215, 179 and 160.
Last season, 2009-10, Kelsey went in a different direction and played for EC Salzburg Red Bulls of Austria’s Erste Bank Eishockey Liga. With Salzburg, Kelsey scored 19 goals and added 24 assists for 43 points over 64 combined regular season and playoff games. This point total placed him 38th in the league in total points and the goal total tied him for 27th. His 231 regular season penalty minutes over 52 games was tops in the league. He attained an additional 34 PIM in 12 playoff games.
It says something about Kelsey, playing that physical of a game and still playing 52 of the team’s 54 regular season games. His ability to balance toughness and offensive skill was certainly a big part of Salzburg’s championship season.
This upcoming season, Wilson returns to the Nashville Predators organization and will most likely play back in Milwaukee with the Admirals. There is no doubt he will provide the AHL fans with a ton of excitement, in more ways that one.
Kelsey Wilson has yet to have an updated profile page on the Milwaukee Admirals official website. Check out his profile page at the Erste Bank Eishockey Liga official website.
Kelsey Wilson appears in the following previous posts on OHL Alumni Central: