Jaxon Nelson to join USHL's Sioux Falls Stampede
The Sioux Falls Stampede have signed Luverne’s Jaxon Nelson to a USHL tender agreement for the 2016-17 season. A tender allows a USHL club to sign a player directly to their team in exchange for their first-round pick in the USHL Phase One Draft in May. Nelson was the leading scorer in all of Minnesota State High School Hockey last season. This is the first time in franchise history the Herd have tendered a player.
“We're very pleased to have Jaxon join the Stampede next year,” said Stampede head coach/general manager Scott Owens. “He's a big, strong forward with natural offensive ability and someone we're excited to work with on a daily basis. We welcome Jaxon and the Nelson family to the Stampede organization and look forward to the next two years together.”
Nelson is coming off a phenomenal sophomore year at Luverne. In just 25 games this season, Nelson tallied 113 points on 70 goals and 43 assists while leading the Cardinals to the Section 3A championship game. His 113 points and 70 goals were tops amongst any high school player in the state of Minnesota in any class. The Magnolia native averaged 4.52 points per-game and tallied three or more goals in 16 of his 25 games including a season-high seven-goal outburst against New Ulm on January 8th.
“It’s really special because no one from Luverne has ever had an opportunity to do this,” said Nelson. “This is a great opportunity for me to not only develop as a player, but also represent the people of Luverne and show that we aren’t just a farm town. It really means a lot to me to become a member of the Stampede.”
Nelson, who turned 16-years-old yesterday, began his varsity career at Luverne as an 8th grader during the 2013-14 season. He posted 62 points (26 goals and 36 assists) in 25 games while leading the Cardinals to their first ever Minnesota State High School Hockey Tournament appearance in St. Paul. The following season, he recorded 83 points (41 goals and 42 assists) in 25 games as Luverne advanced to the Section 3A championship game.
The sophomore has already committed to play collegiate hockey at the University of Minnesota when his USHL playing days are over. Information for this story was provided by the Sioux Falls Stampede at www.sfstampede.com