Nelson inks with Golden Gophers
Jaxon Nelson’s longtime dream is about to become a reality.
Nelson, a 2018 Luverne High School graduate, has always wanted to play hockey at the University of Minnesota.
He took his first step to living his dream on May 6, when he signed a Letter of Intent to play as a Minnesota Gopher next fall.
Nelson, who was a member of Luverne’s first state-qualifying team in 2014, spent the last three winters honing his skills in the United States Hockey League.
He played two seasons for Sioux Falls before joining the Omaha Lancers last season, where he produced his best season in junior hockey by registering 40 points (19 goals and 21 assists).
Nelson’s next step is to report to the U of M for six weeks of summer school and summer hockey training.
The 2019-20 school year begins at the U of M on Sept. 3, and practice for the upcoming hockey begins in October.
Nelson said he has remained in contact with Bob Motzko throughout the winter.
Motzko just completed his first season as the Gophers’ head coach, and Nelson appears to be excited to play for him.
“I’m definitely excited about this,” he said.
“This should be a good opportunity for me because they lost seven forwards last season. Coach just wants me to come in and play. He said I shouldn’t worry about producing, he just wants me to come up there and start playing.”