Loaded with confidence and improved skills, Fernie Ghostrider Dayton Nelson is headed for the Saskatchewan Junior Hockey League to play for the La Ronge Ice Wolves for the 2022-23 season.
Nelson spent three seasons in the Kootenay International Junior Hockey League (KIJHL) and last season the Cranbrook native had 22 goals and 37 points in 33 regular season games. In six Teck Cup playoff games, he had five assists. He began his junior career in the KIJHL with the Beaver Valley Nitehawks, where he had 15 points in 17 games in the 2019-20 season.
“Being in Fernie was really good for me,” said Nelson. “I was able to come into this season with a good amount of experience, so I came in with confidence in my game, which was a big asset to my success.”
The 5-8, 160 pound forward said Fernie was a good fit for him as his teammates were great on- and off-the-ice, plus the hard-working, intense environment at the rink was awesome.
“I really came into my own this season and was able to help the team offensively, but also develop my 200-foot game,” said Nelson. “I give credit to the coaching staff as well as my teammates as my success would not have been possible without them. I can’t wait to get things going in La Ronge.”
“I’m happy for Dayton to get a shot in the SJHL. Dayton had an amazing year last year and was an impact player for us every night,” said Ghostriders Head Coach & GM Ty Valin. “He produced over a point-a-game in a very tough division which says a lot about him. Dayton is a great player, but an even better person. Dayton was named our Top Forward last season and I’m extremely happy for him and wish him all the best.”