Storm assistant earns same position at Canisius

Taylor Nelson (center), an assistant coach with the Tri-City Storm, talks strategy with his players (NTV News)

Tri–City's coaching staff continues to get shuffled around this off-season with the departure of Taylor Nelson to take an assistant's role at Canisius.

“I’d like to acknowledge the two assistants I worked with, most recently Matt Stewart and Ben Gordon the year prior," said Nelson. "These two people have helped me grow as a coach and I consider them great friends."

Nelson was initially brought to Tri–City by former head coach Bill Muckalt, who left this off-season for an associate head coaching position at his alma mater, Michigan.

"I want to thank Bill Muckalt for taking a chance and hiring me as one of his assistant coaches. He is a great mentor and great person. Being a part of a championship team was a season I will never forget," Nelson says.

Nelson was an All–American goalie in his collegiate days at Ferris State, and specialized over two seasons on helping the Storm keepers grow in their ability.

He guided Jake Kielly to a franchise best save percentage during the regular season with a .919, and Kielly got better in the postseason with a Tier 1 USHL playoff record of .950.

“I’d also like to thank our players for impacting me and making me a better coach. I would like to thank Coach Noreen and wish him the best of luck this season," added Nelson.

The Regina, SK native played two professional seasons (2012-14), competing in 73 professional games with the ECHL’s San Francisco Bulls and CHL's Wichita Thunder.

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