Experience: 2nd season
Birthdate: May 3, 1988
Hometown: Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada
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Taylor Nelson is a second-year assistant coach with the Storm that helps in all areas and has a speciality in goalkeeper training.
The Storm won the Clark Cup in 2016 and Nelson played a key part by helping with the development of Storm goaltenders Jake Kielly and Dayton Rasmussen.
In the playoffs, Kielly set the Tier-I USHL record with a .950 save percentage, going 9-2 with a Storm record 1.64 goals against average. He had three shutouts in the playoffs, second-best in the Tier-I history of the league.
Kielly took over the starting job in early December and had the best save percentage in the Storm's regular season history (.919). The 19-year-old was only pulled once during the regular season and went 21-7-5-3 with a 2.33 goals against average. He had four shutouts in the regular season. From December 28 - March 18, Kielly went on a 19-game streak without losing in regulation, also a Storm record.
Nelson came to Kearney from Ferris State University, where he served as a Volunteer Assistant Coach in 2014-15, helping with the team’s video preparation, goaltenders, and scouting reports.
Nelson, 28, was a netminder during his four-year collegiate career with Ferris State, backstopping the school to its only Frozen Four appearance during his senior season in the 2011-12 and garnering CCM Hockey All-America First Team honors.
Nelson played 73 professional games over two professional seasons, spending time with the ECHL’s San Francisco Bulls before going to the Wichita Thunder of the CHL in 2013-14.
During Ferris State’s 2012 run to the Frozen Four, Nelson played in 31 games, finished with a 21-7-3 record and had a 2.10 goals-against-average. He was named Midwest Region MVP during the NCAA Tournament after winning back-to-back games against Denver to Cornell, limiting both to one goal in each of the two regional contests to earn a berth to the Frozen Four.
In the University’s first Frozen Four game, Nelson against yielded just one goal, this time against Union in a 3-1 win to send the Bulldogs to the National Championship Game against Boston College.
Nelson won the school’s male “Bulldog of the Year” award for the 2011-12 academic year.
Before Ferris, the native of Regina, Saskatchewan played in his home province with the SJHL’s Humboldt Broncos. Nelson won a Royal Bank Cup in 2008 as the team’s starting goaltender which included a 31-save shutout win in the National Championship game to secure a 1-0 win against the Camrose Kodiaks.
In the shutout, Nelson made a reaching-back glove save with 0.3 seconds on the clock against future NHL first-round pick Joe Colborne to keep the one-goal edge intact. Nelson’s stick and glove from the 2008 Finals game are in the Hockey Hall of Fame in Toronto.