2008-09 (Junior) Played in 36 games and missed five due to injuries ... Played in 16 games at forward and 20 on defense ... Played the final 14 games of the year at forward ... Three goals, all power play, and six points on the season ... Five points in 23 conference games ... Scored the game winner vs. Holy Cross in the 5-1 win ... Also scored against Colorado College and Sacred Heart ... Tied his career high with two assists vs. Army ... . At the end of the first overtime in the NCAA Regional vs. Vermont, made a save on a puck that got under Volkening ... Used his stick to knock the puck off of the goal line ... The play was on ESPN's Plays of the Day.
2007-08 (Sophomore) Scored 12 points (7-5-12) in 39 games ... Played the first 16 games at left wing ... Moved to defense prior to the Boston College game and played in the last 23 games on the blueline ... Scored a goal in the season opener vs. Quinnipiac ... Scored four goals in the first seven games ... Two points (1-1-2) in the second game at Sacred Heart ... Career-best three points (1-2-3) in the 9-2 win over Bentley, March 7.
2006-07 (Freshman) Played in 39 of the 40 games at forward ... Finished with eight points on three goals and five assists ... Five of his eight points came in the final six games ... First career point was an assist vs. AIC in the 3-0 win, Nov. 19 ... First career goal came against Mercyhurst, Feb. 3 ... Season-best two points, both assists, in the 6-2 win over AIC, Feb. 23 ... One goal and one assist in the 5-4 overtime win over Sacred Heart in the AHA semifinals ... Scored AFA's first goal of the game and then assisted on Matt Fairchild's goal to give the Falcons a 3-1 lead ... Scored the third goal of the game in the NCAA West Regional vs. Minnesota to give the Falcons a 3-1 lead early in the third period ... His goal was one of ESPN's Top 10 Plays of the Day (No. 7) ... The play was the first ever Air Force hockey play to be on the ESPN Top 10.
Before Air Force Played 58 games for coach John LaFontaine's Bozeman Ice Dogs of the NAHL ... Second among the team's defensemen in scoring and ranked eighth in the league ... Team won the 2006 regular season title ... Team also earned the Borne Cup by winning the west division title ... Attended Lake of the Woods High School in Baudette, Minn. ... Lettered three years in hockey and golf and two in football ... Named all-conference and all-section in football as a junior and senior ... All-state in golf as a sophomore ... All-conference and all-state in hockey as a junior and senior ... President of the National Honor Society.
Personal Member of Cadet Squadron 6 ... Major is human factors ... Parents are Brad and Lynn Nylander ... Has one brother, Kyle (25) ... Worked Combat Survival Training and the obstacle course at Basic Cadet Training this past summer ... On the athletic's and commandant's list (military excellence) every semester ... On the superintendent's list three times for excellence in academics, military and athletics ... Plans to go to pilot training after graduation ... Is on the inspection team in his squadron ... Hobbies are fishing and hunting ... Favorite book is the Bible ... Person in history he would like to meet is Jesus ... Favorite class is biology ... Favorite TV show is Man vs. Food ... If he could be any cartoon character he would be Elmer Fudd, because "I love to hunt" ... Wears the number 29 because he put his old hockey number (16) and football number (13) together to add up to 29 ... Most noteworthy thing about his hometown is that it is the "walleye capital of the world" ... Something not many people know about him is that he has a brother that is 6-foot-7 ... Hobbies are fishing and hunting ... Greatest moment in sports was being on ESPN's Top 10 Plays of the Day twice ... Credits his parents as having the greatest influence on his sports career ... Favorite NHL team is the Minnesota Wild.
Nylander's Career Stats Year GP G A PTS PIM SOG PP 2006-07 39 3 5 8 5-10 35 0 2007-08 39 7 5 12 10-20 48 0 2008-09 36 3 3 6 15-30 40 3 Totals 114 13 13 26 30-60 123 3