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Nashville Youth Hockey Producing National Prospects

by Staff Writer / Nashville Predators
Goaltender Dylan Wells from Nashville, TN signed his commitment to Providence College in December. Wells played much of his AAA career in Nashville and attended summer hockey camps at the Elite Edge Hockey Showcast in Nashville. He played his youth hockey in the NYHL with the Southern Flyers before moving on to the high school level at Battle Ground Academy in Franklin, TN.

Elite Edge Hockey Showcase
Now heading toward its eighth year, the 2012 Elite Edge Hockey Showcase is hoping to be the best to date. With more than 50 NCAA and Junior hockey coaches and scouts in attendance, the Elite Edge Hockey Showcase has set its self as the best development and recruiting opportunity for budding hockey players. Each player will receive on-ice testing, practice sessions, four games, off-ice testing, fitness evaluation, a take-home report card, seminars and team building. The coaching staff will be made up of professional, NCAA, major junior, USHL, NAHL, Tier III Jr. A and top AAA coaches.

This year’s program will take place on June 10-13, 2012 at the A-Game Sportsplex in Franklin, TN - only 15 miles south of Nashville.
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Wells joined the Alberta Junior Hockey League to further hone his skills and was named the Canalta Hotels AJHL Player of the Week for the week of January 16th - 22nd. He went 3-1 over the week and allowed just 6 goals on 131 shots. Wells was awarded the Pro Hockey Life Player of the Game inhis team's only loss of the week. Wells is 20-8-4 (W-L-OTL) on the season and his team is currently in fourth place in the AJHL North Division with 67 points.

Wells will likely have a strong opportunity to play early in his career at Providence as the Friars will graduate two of the three goaltenders on its 2011-12 roster and the lone returning netminder has only appeared in one career game.

"It feels great. It is the realization of a goal I've been long pursuing, and I'm very excited to play hockey at the Division 1 level," said Wells. "The opportunity at Providence College is remarkable. They have a strong academic status which has always been of great importance to me. On the hockey side, Hockey East is a very competitive and high caliber conference, and it is incredible to have the chance to play for the Friars."

Wells attended Elite Edge, based out of A-Game in Franklin, TN, for two seasons and credits the program for helping him gain knowledge and experience needed to reach the next level.

"I am very grateful to Elite Edge. It gave me a chance to be seen by a large number of coaches and scouts at a crucial age for hockey development. It is a great tool for players looking to further their careers," said Wells. "The opportunity to be seen by dozens of scouts and coaches all at once is something that is rare, and I'm thrilled to see it happening in my hometown."

Wells success at higher levels and subsequent college opportunities are not a surprise to those who have watched him mature through the ranks and prepare for the opportuniites in front of him.

"Dylan is a great kid and we are all very happy and excited for him," said Elite Edge program director Brandon Walker. "He has put in the time and the work needed to advance and it is great to see it pay off."

Wells is the second Elite Edge alumnus to commit to Providence - with fellow netminder Nick Ellis headed there in 2013. The pair join Teemu Tiitinen (Lincoln - USHL, commited to Cornell next year) as three Elite Edge alumni to make NCAA Div. I commitments already this year.

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