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Ty Nelson taken Number -One Overall by the Troops


Ty Nelson On Top of 2020 OHL Selection

“The North Bay Battalion are very pleased to announce that we will be selecting, from the Toronto Jr. Canadiens, defenceman, Ty Nelson.”

That was the scene today with Battalion Director of Scouting, Charles Abbott making the announcement.

“I want to thank my mother, father, and sister for all their dedication, love and hard work that they have put into me, I wouldn’t be where I am today without them,” Nelson said. “I also want to thank all my coaches, trainers and teachers that I have had over the years. They have helped to shape me into the person and player I am today.”

“It’s an honour to be drafted by an amazing organization like North Bay,” he continued. “To the City of North Bay, and the Battalion fans, I can’t wait to get started.”

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Ty Nelson Taken First Overall at 2020 OHL Priority Selection by North Bay Battalion (Getty Images)

“Ty’s a dynamic defenceman,” Abbott said. “He’s got all the tools you would want in a top pick. He can play in all situations. What really attracted us to him was his x-factors, his leadership qualities and we really fell in love with how he played the game throughout the year.”

“Getting to know Ty and his family, we know that we are bringing in a top-class person into our dressing room,” General Manager Adam Dennis added. “He’s somebody that our young group that we have built upon can grasp at and add to our young core.”

For Nelson, his dream was to one day be drafted into the OHL.

“It’s an honour,” Nelson explained. “Being selected in the first round is a big accomplishment, but first overall by an accomplished organization like North Bay. I can’t wait to start.”

After growing up in a city like Toronto, Nelson says he is excited to head to a smaller community.

“There are many things that attracted me to North Bay,” he said. “It’s an amazing city, it’s a great place to be, small-town community and as a kid growing up in Toronto we don’t have that small-town feel. Watching the OHL when I was growing up and going to games, seeing North Bay and how the fans are, the way coaches and management is, they’re all amazing people and I can’t wait to start.”

With the selection of the first overall pick, a storyline as to who the Troops would take, Nelson or Adam Fantilli would garner some press. However, for Dennis, knowing how much work the team put in to make the selection has put this mind at ease.

“There has been a lot of fanfare surrounding this draft,” he stated. “The one thing we were really confident in was we put the work in this year. From a really early time, we made sure we were in the rinks. Our entire scouting staff has done a great job and we really felt confident that we had all the information we needed to make the appropriate decision.”

“We are thrilled to add a player like Ty Nelson,” Dennis continued. “I think he is someone the fanbase in North Bay really going to gravitate to.”

Judging from some observations of Battalion fan reactions around social media, it might have started already. North Bay got their man, time to get to work.