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Tomahawks alumni Nelson invited to Flyers’ rookie camp

Johnstown, Pa. – Johnstown Tomahawks alumni Casey Nelson is among the 33 players taking part in Philadelphia Flyers’ rookie development camp, being held July 7-12 in Vorhees, N.J.

Nelson was a key member of the Tomahawks’ inaugural 2012-13 team, leading the team’s defensemen with 32 points (10 goals, 22 assists) in 56 regular season games played.  He finished the year ninth in scoring among all NAHL defensemen.

“Casey was an incredibly important part of the first Tomahawks team to ever play in Johnstown,” said Tomahawks general manager Rick Boyd.  “His skill and intelligence on the blue line played a large part in our success that season, both in terms of winning hockey games and in terms of showcasing the excitement and talent level of the NAHL to our fanbase.”

Following his Tomahawks career, Nelson advanced to play NCAA-DI hockey at Minnesota State-Mankato, who finished the 2014-15 season ranked seventh in the nation.  In 40 games, Nelson scored 33 points (7 goals, 26 assists), ranking third on the Mavericks in scoring.

Nelson is one of two Johnstown alumni taking part in NHL development camps this summer.  Forward Filips Buncis, who joined the Tomahawks in December 2014, is participating in the New York Islanders’ camp, which began July 6.