The Anaheim Jr. Ducks of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) have announced that 18U forward Max McLain, 17, has signed an NAHL tender with the Amarillo Bulls. The Bulls play out of the NAHL’s South Division and currently own the NAHL’s best record.
As of January 19, 2013, McLain (5’7/165) is the 18U age division’s leading scorer with 31 points (17 goals, 14 assists) to date. The native of Placentia, California, also ranks 3rd in goals with 17, is tied for 3rd in game-winning goals with three and tied for 3rd in power play goals with five.
Perhaps the most remarkable stat for McLain is that he has registered a point in every NAPHL game his season heading into play on January 19th. During his 18-game point streak, McLain has had eight multi-point games, which included a four-point game back on December 30th.
McLain has led his 18U Jr. Ducks to a 14-3-2 record through the first 19 games of the season. Heading into competition on January 19th, the Ducks had a one point lead for the top spot in the 18U White Division and the second best record overall.
McLain becomes the fourth Anaheim Jr. Ducks player this season, and second from the 18U team, to sign an NAHL tender. Last season, McLain played for the LA Selects midget minor 16U team where he had 28 points in 38 games played.
A tender is a contract, of sorts, a player signs announcing his intentions to play for that particular NAHL team and that NAHL team only. Once a player signs a tender with an NAHL team, his playing rights belong to that team within the NAHL and he may not be recruited by any other NAHL team. Each team is granted ten (10) tenders, which include two (2) tenders exclusively used on players from the NAPHL - plus or minus any trades - which become active on Nov. 1. Tendered players are not eligible for the NAHL draft.
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