Jaxon Nelson A Freshman Phenom For Luverne
Hockey Standout Scores 25 Goals For Cardinals
During Luverne’s march to the state tournament last year, Jaxon Nelson was the Cardinals clutch performer.
“Kid’s just special. I mean, there’s no other word to put it, I mean he just makes things happen. We’re in the section final last year, he’s the kid who scores the game winning goal on a short handed breakaway. I mean, that’s just the type of player he is. He loves the big moment.” Luverne Head Coach Derrick Brown says.
And oh by the way, he was only in the 8th grade.
“It was really fun and I don’t know if kids underestimated me or not. But I played pretty good.” Nelson says.
Age is relative when you have a 6-1, 180 pound frame.
“We had him as a seventh grader in our summer and we kind of asked people to pick out the seventh grader, and never would they pick out Jaxon. He’s always been a bigger kid, he’s got a good frame, and he’s just has such a good hockey awareness. So it was a no-brainer last year to bring him up as an 8th grader. Like you said, he didn’t just contribute, he put up over 70 points as an 8th grader.” Brown says.
Now a freshman, Nelson has continued his torrid pace. With 25 goals and 29 assists, Jaxon is one of the state’s top scorers along with teammate Chaz Smedsrud, giving the Cardinals a deadly combination.
“It’s very fun. We move the puck well together and always know where each other are. It’s been a lot of motivation just to have another good year, hopefully do better than I did last year. I like to score most of the time, make assists, make plays.” Jaxon says.
And if Jaxon’s this good now….
“He’s a big body and he’s always in the right spot. He always knows where to go and how to finish the puck.” Luverne Junior Chaz Smedsrud says.
…How much better we he be after a few more years?