When the jersey that dons the number 4 hits the ice, opposing teams know it. Why?
Wings defenseman #4 Jake Horton enters his 2nd season with Aberdeen. The native of Plymouth, Minnesota had a good season his rookie year scoring 11 goals with 19 assists for a total 30 points. That season he was teamed up with current USHL Omaha Lancer Steven Johnson who has committed to play for the hockey powerhouse University of Minnesota Golden Gophers.
So far this season, Horton has already surpassed his points total from last year, all with 15 games remaining. In the 2013-2014 campaign, Horton has led the league among defensemen in goals scored since the third week of the season dating back to October 5th. Now with 18 goals to his resume he also has 13 assists to go along with it.
The Wings had a three-game weekend starting Thursday at home against Minot with Friday and Saturday tilts with Brookings. Aberdeen won all three games with help from Horton who blasted three goals in the series. If one was to watch each of the goals on FASTHockey.com, you would have known that each goal was scored with precision and accuracy.
That type of play has earned the Wings defenseman his second trip to the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, this year held in Troy, Michigan on February 17th and 18th. Horton will join fellow teammates #24 Jonathan Grebosky of Pittsburgh, PA and blue line partner #20 Dillon Eichstadt of Bemidji, Minnesota. At the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament, college and professional scouts will have the opportunity to see the best players out of each region in the NAHL who have not made a college commitment.
Horton and the Aberdeen Wings are on the ice this weekend at home, Friday night against the Brookings Blizzard and Saturday night vs. the Minot Minotauros. Both games are at home with tickets starting at just $10, reserved seating for $12. You can also purchase your very own Wings jersey from the Wings ProShop and have it autographed by Horton and the rest of the Wings following the games.