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Rapid City Rush's Logan Nelson passes the puck to a teammate during a game this season against the Alaska Aces. 

Hannah Hunsinger, Journal staff

The Rapid City Rush announced  Thursday that forward Logan Nelson has been signed for the 2017-18 ECHL season.

Nelson came back to the Rush organization last season after beginning the 2016-17 campaign with the Wichita Thunder. The 6-foot, 1 inch, 210-pound forward played in 18 games with the Thunder and contributed two goals, six assists, and eight points before returning to the Black Hills on New Year’s Eve. When he came back, Nelson exploded for the Rush as an offensive threat, averaging just under a point-per-game average with 10 goals, 15 assists, and 25 points in just 31 games.

“The feeling of coming back to such a great community is exciting to me. I’ve had the privilege of playing with Coach (Daniel) Tetrault and also having him as an assistant coach, so I know his passion for the game is endless," said Nelson. "I know he’s going to do everything in his power to bring a team full of good guys and winners together. When I was traded here the Rush made it very easy for me to adapt into the player I know I can be.

"I’m looking forward to being back in this city playing with the best fans in the ECHL behind me, while also changing the culture of this team into a hard-working team that competes and plays for each other every night. My expectations are nothing short of a championship. That’s why we play this game. We want to win and be the best. I think everything is in motion for that to happen and I’m just simply counting down the days until October.”

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“We’re very excited to have Nelly back. He had a great second half of the season last year, but suffered an unfortunate injury,” Tetrault said. “Logan is a big power forward that can score with a great release on his shot. I’m counting on him to produce offensively and to be a leader for our team. He hasn’t reached his full potential yet, but I expect him to have a career year and a breakout season as long as he uses his size and skill like we know he can.”

Originally from Rogers, Minnesota, Nelson comes back to the Rush for his fourth season of professional hockey, all of which have been played in the ECHL with the Rush, the Quad City Mallards, and the Wichita Thunder. All-time in his career, Nelson has tabulated 82 points (41g-41ast) in 146 games. As a rookie, Nelson skated with the Rush during the 2014 Preseason before he was traded to Quad City, where he racked up 28 points in 43 games as a first year professional.

He later met the Rush in the opening round of the 2015 Kelly Cup Playoffs, and notched an assist in five playoff games in the eventual seven-game elimination at the hands of the Rush. Prior to turning pro, Nelson played three seasons for the Western Hockey League's Victoria Royals, where he piled up 159 points (60g-99a) in 179 games, and was drafted by the Buffalo Sabres in the 2012 NHL Draft (5th Rd-#133).

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