Nelson gets invite to Sharks’ development camp

BIG RAPIDS —

GETTING A SHOT: Ferris State University All-American goaltender Taylor Nelson has received an invitation to participate in the 2012 San Jose Sharks Development Camp this week.

The Sharks Development Camp will be held through Friday at Sharks Ice in San Jose, but is not open to the public. The National Hockey League club made the official announcement of its invitees over the weekend.

A free agent, Nelson is among 41 players invited to the development camp, but one of only three goaltenders in addition to Thomas Heemskerk, who spent last season in the East Coast Hockey League (ECHL), and Shane Madolora of R.I.T.

In addition to Nelson, three other Bulldogs received development camp invitations: forwards Kyle Bonis and Aaron Schmit will camp with the Chicago Blackhawks while junior Cory Kane will attend camp with the Toronto Maple Leafs.

Both Bonis and Kane will return to the Bulldogs in 2012, while Schmit and Nelson graduated in the spring.

Nelson was tabbed as the Bulldogs’ 2011-12 team Most Valuable Player Award recipient after helping FSU to the school’s first-ever Frozen Four apperance and the program’s second Central Collegiate Hockey Association (CCHA) regular-season championship in his senior campaign. For his efforts, he was also honored as the school’s male recipient of the prestigious Dean Davenport “Bulldog Of The Year” honor.

He concluded the year with a 21-7-3 overall record in net and posted a .924 save percentage along with a 2.10 goals against average. Nelson also claimed 2011-12 CCM Hockey All-America First Team accolades after being tabbed as an All-CCHA First Team honoree.

The senior standout wrapped up the year ranked among the nation’s top 20 players in every goaltending statistical category and put together one of the top individual single-season performances by a goaltender in school history. He also claimed MVP honors at the NCAA Midwest Regional as FSU secured the regional crown to advance to the Forzen Four in Tampa, Fla.

For his efforts at the end of the year, Nelson was named the March/April Gongshow Goaltender of the Month in the CCHA after leading the Bulldogs on a historic NCAA Tournament run.

Nelson’s 35 career victories in net rank fifth all-time on the school’s career leaders list while his career .917 save percentage is number one on FSU’s career chart. He’s also among the top 10 performers in saves, goals against average, winning percentage, shutouts and games played by a goaltender.

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