The Anaheim Jr. Ducks, members of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL), have announced that 18U forward and team captain Elijiah Barriga has signed an NAHL tender with the Amarillo Bulls. The Bulls are the defending Robertson Cup National Champions and members of the NAHL’s South Division.
The 17-year-old from West Covina, California has been a one-man scoring crew this season, following up on his great season last year for Anaheim at the 16U level. At the most recent NAPHL 18U event in Romeoville, Illinois, Barriga (5’11/190) led all NAPHL 18U scorers during the three days as he totaled 12 points (3 goals, 9 assists) in just four games, on his way to being named the event’s Peak Offensive Performer.
For the 2013-14 season, Barriga is the leading scorer in the NAPHL 18U Division with 29 points, which includes a league-leading 20 assists and nine goals.
Last season with the Anaheim Jr. Ducks 16U team, Barriga was named as the 16U Peak Performer for October 2012 and ended up being selected to the All-NAPHL 16U 3rd Team.
“Elijiah has really adapted to the 18U level in a short matter of time,” said Anaheim 18U head coach Larry Barron. “I think he does a great job of producing offense for himself and his teammates. Elijiah has a very strong hockey IQ and he makes very good decisions with the puck. He sees the ice so well and usually makes the right decision, whether it is to pass or to shoot.”
Barriga also tendered with the Bulls last season and he becomes the first player from this year’s 1st place Anaheim Jr. Ducks 18U team to sign an NAHL tender this season.
To date, 17 NAPHL players have signed NAHL tenders for the 2013-14 season.
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