Showing posts with label tenders. Show all posts
Showing posts with label tenders. Show all posts

Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Esmark 18U forward Hepler signs NAHL tender

Press Release

The Pittsburgh, PA, based amateur hockey club Esmark Stars, of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL), are pleased to announce that 18U forward Cole Hepler has signed an NAHL tender agreement with the Kenai River (Alaska) Brown Bears.
 
Hepler, 18, concluded the 2013-14 regular season as Esmark’s 18U leading scorer, posting 90 points (46 goals and 44 assists) in 62 games played.  In NAPHL action, he recorded 28 points, 10 goals and 18 assists, in 24 league games played.
 
A senior at Freeport Area High School, Hepler (165 lbs., 5’11") helped lead the Stars to a 19-3-2 record during the NAPHL regular season, good for third place, and a spot in the NAPHL's Championship Series.  The Stars advanced through the round-robin League Championship Series and semi-final play before falling to Omaha AAA in the league's Championship game.
 
Hepler, a Freeport, PA, resident, will have an opportunity to skate next season for Kenai’s head coach Geoff Beauparlant.  The Brown Bears, who play out of the Soldotna Sports Center in Soldotna, Alaska, are currently in fifth place in the NAHL’s Midwest Division and looking to clinch a earn a spot in the NAHL Playoffs.
 
Last season, Hepler tallied 56 points (28 goals and 28 assists) in 57 overall games for the Stars 18U team, including 22 points (14 goals and 8 assists) in 16 NAPHL games, leading them to the NAPHL's Championship Series 18U semi-finals. During the 2011-12 season, Hepler recorded 58 points (29 goals and 29 assists) in 58 overall games for the 16U Stars, including 18 points (8 goals and 10 assists) in 22 NAPHL games.
 
Hepler had previously been recognized by the NAPHL as he was named the NAPHL’s 18U third offensive star at this season’s second NAPHL Showcase in Blaine, MN, held Dec. 6-9, 2013.
 
Esmark 18U head coach Dave Kosick offered high praise for Hepler and his future potential.
 
“Cole is a player you can build a program around.  He thrives in all aspects of the game, be it penalty kill, power play, fore-checking, offensive and defensive zone play, etc.  He brings a high competitive drive to every practice and game and never rests on the success he has earned," said Kosick.
 
"When Cole hits the ice for Kenai, their fans and coaching staff will love this kid,” Kosick added.  “Not only is he a solid two-way player, he understands and sees the game at a level few midget major players can comprehend.”
 
Hepler is the fifth member of the Esmark 18U team to sign a tender this season, joining teammates Brian Baker (Lone Star), Tristan Ramage (Johnstown), Carmen Dalesandro (Soo) and Adam Alavi (Soo).
 
 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

California 18U forward Pelone signs NAHL tender

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The California Titans of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) are pleased to announce that 18U forward Corey Pelone has signed an NAHL tender agreement with the Springfield Jr. Blues. The Jr. Blues compete in the NAHL’s North Division.

Pelone, 18, just completed his third NAPHL season with the Titans. In 24 regular season games this season, the native of Simi Valley, California had 18 points, which ranked 4th in team scoring. Pelone (5’9/165) also tied for the team lead in game-winning goals with three.

Pelone’s best stretch of hockey came in October and November this past season when he rattled off a seven-game point streak. He also played well in the recent NAPHL Championship Series as the #8-seeded Titans made it all the way to the 18U Semi-Finals in the Gold Division. Pelone scored twice in the four games.

In 46 career NAPHL regular season games with the Titans the past two seasos, Pelone has 24 career points.

Pelone is the second player for the Titans 18U team to sign an NAHL tender this season joining defenseman Austin Wilk (Austin Bruins).

 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

Friday, February 7, 2014

Jr. Blues forward McGlynn signs NAHL tender

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It's been a good week for St. Louis Jr. Blues and NA3HL forward Andrew McGlynn. The 16-year-old from St. Louis was named to the NA3HL Central Division Top Prospects team over the weekend and capped it off with a tender offer from the Springfield Jr. Blues of the NAHL. 
 
McGlynn was outstanding in front of the Springfield coach in attendance this past weekend when he notched four points in two games including a goal and two assists in a 4-3 loss. 
 
Head Coach Chris Flaugher said, "Andy has continued to improve all season. Even as a 16-year-old, he can play with finesse and grit, depending on the situation.”
 
McGlynn is 5th in overall team scoring, but 3rd in points per game averaging just at a point a game. In 29 games played this season, McGlynn has 30 points, which includes 15 goals and 15 assists.  He leads the team in game-winning goals with four. McGlynn hopes to play NCAA Division I hockey in the future.
 
McGlynn is the second player from this year’s Jr. Blues squad to sign an NAHL tender and seventh NA3HL player overall.


 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

San Jose 18U defenseman Galambos signs NAHL tender

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The San Jose Jr. Sharks of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) are pleased to announce that 18U defenseman Zakery Galambos, 16, has signed an NAHL tender agreement with the Lone Star Brahmas. The Brahmas compete in the NAHL’s South Division.
 
Although he is just 16-years-old, Galambos (6’2/170) played this season for the Sharks 18U team. The native of Walnut Creek, California had a good first season at the 18U level with the Sharks. 
 
He finished tops in team scoring for all defensemen with 15 points (4 goals, 11 assists) in 21 games played. His 15 points were good for finishing in the Top 10 in NAPHL 18U scoring for all defensemen.
 
Galambos’ best event of the season came at the NAPHL Showcase in Blaine, Minnesota in December when he recorded five points in five games. That included a season-high three points in a 4-1 win over Pursuit of Excellence back on December 7th. 
 
Last season, Galambos played for San Jose’s 16U team where he recorded 11 points in 22 games played. For his NAPHL career, Galambos has played in 43 career NAPHL regular season games, totaling 26 points.
 
He is the third player from the San Jose 18U team to sign an NAHL tender this season, joining Ryan Meure (Kenai River) and Mick Nisbet (Coulee Region).
 
 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

Pair of Flint players sign NAHL tenders

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The Flint Junior Generals of the North American 3 Hockey League are please to announce that two players have recently signed NAHL tenders.
 
Forward Jacob Drinkard, 17, has signed an NAHL tender with the Austin Bruins, who play in the NAHL’s Central Division and defenseman Ryan Burr, 18, has signed an NAHL tender with the Michigan Warriors, who play in the NAHL’s North Division.
 
Drinkard, who is a native of Lapeer, Michigan, is in his first season of junior hockey with the Junior Generals. The 6’3/210 lbs. forward has appeared in 26 games this season and recorded 15 points (9 goals, 6 assists). Drinkard got off to a great start this season, recording five points in his first four games.  Drinkard was a draft pick of the Junior Generals in this past summer’s 2013 NA3HL Entry Draft and played midget hockey for the Michigan Ice Hawks last season.
 
Burr is a native of Toms River, New Jersey and is also in his first season playing junior hockey. Last season, Burr (6’3/195) spent the year playing in the NAPHL for the New Jersey Jr. Titans 18U team. This season, Burr has appeared in 34 games for the 1st place and East Champion Junior Generals and recorded 22 points from the blueline. Burr is 2nd on the Flint roster in scoring for all defensemen. His first career NA3HL goal came in his first career NA3HL game back on September 14th. Last season with New Jersey, Burr had 11 points in 22 games played.
 
Drinkard and Burr are two of six NA3HL players to have signed an NAHL tender so far this season.


(Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

Friday, January 31, 2014

Esmark 18U forward Alavi signs NAHL tende

Press Release

The Esmark Stars of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) are pleased to announce that 18U forward Adam Alavi has signed an NAHL tender agreement with the Soo Eagles. The Eagles compete in the NAHL’s North Division.
 
Alavi, 17, was the leading scorer on this year’s Esmark Stars 18U squad. In 24 games played during the NAPHL regular season, Alavi (5’10/170) recorded 28 points, which included 10 goals and 18 assists. The native of McMurray, Pennsylvania also had four game-winning goals, which tied for the NAPHL lead in the 18U Division.
 
Alavi led the Stars to a 19-3-2 record during the NAPHL regular season, which was good for 3rd place. Last season, he played for the Stars 16U team leading them all the way to the NAPHL 16U Championship game. In 22 regular season games last year, Alavi had 25 points and also had 8 points in five playoff games during the 16U team’s run last year.
 
Alavi was named the NAPHL 18U offensive Franklin Peak Performer from the NAPHL Showcase in Blaine, MN from December 6-9, as helped the Stars to a perfect 5-0 record at the event. Alavi led all 18U scorers in Blaine with 12 points (2 goals, 10 assists) in five games played. Alavi (5’10/170) had multi-point games in four of his five outings.
 
Esmark 18U head coach Dave Kosick says despite being a younger 18U player, Alavi has tremendous upside and potential. “Adam is a hard-working and focused player. What is very encouraging to us is that he has improved since the first day and now is seeing the benefit of his hard work pay off,” said Kosick. “He is a solid two-way player, which is why I believe he will be successful at the next levels of hockey.”
 
Alavi is the fourth member of the Esmark 18U team to sign a tender this season, joining teammates Brian Baker (Lone Star), Tristan Ramage (Johnstown) and Carmen Dalesandro (Soo)


 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Lansing 18U forward Brandstetter signs NAHL tender

Press Release

The Lansing Capitals of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) are pleased to announce that 18U forward Jack Brandstetter, 18, has signed an NAHL tender agreement with the Minnesota Wilderness. The Wilderness compete in the NAHL’s Midwest Division.
 
The native of Minnetrista, Minnesota joined the Capitals in January and played in the team’s five games at the most recent event in Troy. Brandstetter (6’5/195) made an immediate impact as he recorded six points in the five games, which included three goals and three assists.
 
Brandstetter has played in nine games with the Wilderness this season as an affiliate player. He has recorded two assists in those nine contests.
 
Last season, Brandstetter played high school hockey in Minnesota for Mound-Westonka. During the regular season, he had 39 points in 25 games played.
 
Brandstetter is the fourth Lansing 18U player to sign an NAHL tender this season. He joins Ronnie Hein (Aberdeen), Trent Kulczyk (Aberdeen) and Jacob Gwillim (Johnstown).


(Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

Saturday, January 25, 2014

Lansing 18U duo sign NAHL tenders

Press Release

The Lansing Capitals of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) have announced that two players from the 18U team have signed NAHL tender agreements.
 
18U goaltender Jacob Gwillim has signed an NAHL tender with the Johnstown Tomahawks, who play in the NAHL’s North Division. 18U forward Trenton Kulczyk has signed an NAHL tender with the Aberdeen Wings, who play in the NAHL’s Central Division.
 
Gwillim, 16, has been one of the top goalies in the NAPHL this season. The native of Swartz Creek, Michigan put together a remarkable regular season as the 18U Capitals finished 4th in the 18U standings with a 19-5-0 record. Gwillim (6’0/200) finished with a 12-1-0 record. His 12 wins ranked 2nd in the 18U Division this season, while his save percentage of 92.4% ranked 5th and his goals against average of 1.85 ranked 6th. At the most recent NAPHL event in Troy, Gwillim finished with a 3-0 record, a 1.00 goals against average and a 96.5% save percentage.
 
Last season, Gwillim played in the NAPHL for the Capitals 16U team. In 26 career NAPHL games, Gwillim has a 19-6 record with two shutouts, a 2.20 goals against average and a 91.5% save percentage.
 
Kulczyk, 17, had his best season to date of his three years spent playing in the NAPHL. In 24 games this season, the native of Schoolcraft, Michigan had 19 points (7 goals, 12 assists), which was a career high. At the last regular season event in Troy, Kulczyk (5’11/173) had five points in five games. His 19 points were tied for 3rd in team scoring. Last season, Kulczyk played for the Lansing 18U team, scoring 13 points and in 2011-12, he played for the Lansing 16U team registering 14 points.
 
In 64 career NAPHL regular season games, Kulczyk has 46 career points. He has also played in 12 career playoff games with nine points. 
 
Gwillim and Kulczyk join teammate Ronnie Hein (Aberdeen) as players who have signed NAHL tenders this season.


(Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

Friday, January 24, 2014

Magicians tender Chris Amsden

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The Minnesota Magicians have signed goaltender Chris Amsden to a Tender Agreement. Chris has backstopped the North Iowa Bulls of the NA3HL with a record of 16-1, and leads the league in shutouts with four. In high school, Amsden was a five year starter at St. Peter Le Sueur Henderson and excelled in multiple sports. Chris averaged less than two goals a game his Junior and Senior campaign. “We are excited to add Chris to our list of prospects for next season, Chris has put solid numbers up in the NA3HL and we can serve as the next stepping stone for his development” added head coach Scott Meyer. The Minnesota Magicians (Members of the NAHL) play their home games out of Richfield Ice Arena. For more information on the Magicians and to purchase ticket packages visit www.magicianshockey.com.

 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Kulczyk signs with Aberdeen

Press Release

The Aberdeen Wings organization is proud to announce that the team has signed another NAPHL player for the upcoming 2014-2015 season. Signing a tender with the Aberdeen Wings is U18-AAA forward Trent Kulczyk, currently of the Lansing Capitals in the North American Prospects Hockey League.

“Trent is a hard-nosed, gritty player who takes pride in going to the dirty but rewarding areas of the rink. He is strong over the puck and protects it well,” said Aberdeen Wings Associate Head Coach / Director of Player Personnel Francis Anzalone. “We like Trent for who he is and think he has a chance to develop into a solid power forward.”

The 5-11, 175 lbs forward Kulczyk will join fellow teammate Ronnie Hein, who signed with the Wings back on December 19th. So far this season with the NAPHL Lansing Capitals, Kulczyk has tallied 7 goals and 12 assists for 19 points. Lansing is 19-5-0 and 4th in the NAPHL.

“We are pleased that Trent has chosen to join our program. He is a high character Michigan kid and he comes from a solid midget program that develops its players,” said Wings head coach Travis Winter. “We look forward to helping Trent continue on his hockey development path.”

Both Kulczyk and Hein will join the Aberdeen Wings for the 2014-2015 season.

 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

St. Louis 16U forward Rueschhoff signs NAHL tender

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The St. Louis Selects of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) are pleased to announce that 16U forward Austin Rueschhoff has signed an NAHL tender agreement with the Minnesota Wilderness. The Wilderness compete in the NAHL’s Midwest Division.
 
Rueschhoff, 16, is in his second season with the Selects 16U team. The 6’5/190 lbs. forward from Wentzville, Missouri, recorded 29 points in 19 NAPHL games this season. Rueschhoff ranked 3rd in points and in goals and was second on the team in assists this season.
 
In 41 career NAPHL regular season games, Rueschhoff has 43 career points in 41 career games. He also scored six points in five playoff games last year. Rueschhoff lead the St. Louis Selects 16U team to a 12-6-2 record this season as they finished 7th in the 16U Division.  They will be a part of the NAPHL Gold Division playoffs for the first time in team history.
 
Earlier this season, Rueschoff was selected to take part in the inaugural NAPHL 16U All-Star Game, which was held in Blaine, Minnesota on December 8th. 
 
He is the third member from the St. Louis Selects organization to sign an NAHL tender this season and the first player from the 16U team to do so.
 

(Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

Esmark 18U duo signs NAHL tenders

Press Release

The Esmark Stars of the North American Prospects Hockey League, are please to announce that two players from the 18U team have signed NAHL tender agreements.

Goaltender Brian Baker has signed an NAHL tender with the Lone Star Brahmas of the NAHL’s South Division and forward Carmen Dalesandro has signed an NAHL tender with the Soo Eagles of the NAHL’s North Division.

Baker, 18, is in his first season with the Esmark 18U team and has had quite the memorable first season in the NAPHL. The native of McMurray, Pennsylvania was statistically the top goaltender in the NAPHL’s 18U Division during the 2013-14 regular season.  Baker’s 1.00 goals against average, his 94.9% save percentage and his six shutouts led the 18U Division this season.

Baker (5’10/155) finished the season with a 10-1-1 record in 12 appearances and allowed just 12 goals in NAPHL action all season long. Baker was named the #2 defensive star from the NAPHL 18U event in Romeoville and he was also on top of his game this past weekend as he allowed just one goal in three starts to help the 18U Stars finished in 3rd place in the 18U Division with a 19-3-2 record.

Dalesandro, 18, is in his third season with the Esmark organization. In 22 games played this season, Dalesandro finished tied for 4th in team scoring with 19 points. Last season, the native of Canonburg, Pennsylvania had 28 points in 22 games to tie for the team lead in scoring. He was also second in playoff scoring with nine points in four games as the Stars made it all the way to the NAPHL 18U Semi-Finals in 2012-13.

During the 2011-12 season, Dalesandro (5’10/165) played for the Stars 16U team where he had 14 points in 17 games played. In 61 career NAPHL regular season games, Dalesandro has 61 career points, which includes 17 goals and 44 assists.

The Esmark Stars 18U team will be the #3 seed in the Gold Division of the upcoming 2014 NAPHL Championship series next month in Troy.

 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

Omaha 18U trio sign NAHL tenders

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The Omaha AAA Hockey Club of the North American Prospects Hockey League is pleased to announce that three more players from the Omaha 18U team have signed NAHL tender agreements.

Forward Nathan Medeiros has signed an NAHL tender with the Topeka RoadRunners of the South Division. Forward Miles Manson has signed an NAHL Tender with the Minot Minotauros of the NAHL’s Central Division and defenseman Ryan Fretwell has signed an NAHL tender also with the Minot Minotauros.

Medeiros, who is a 17-year-old from Montreal, Quebec, is in his second season with the Omaha AAA organization. He is the team’s leading scorer this season as the 5'10/175lbs forward has amassed 33 goals and 54 assists for 87 points to go along with 16 PIM in 51 games overall. He us currently tied for the NAPHL 18U scoring lead with 37 points in 18 NAPHL games. Last season, Medeiros had eight points in 11 games played with Omaha’s 16U team.

Manson who is from Overland Park, Kansas is in his first season with the Omaha AAA organization. To date this season, the 18-year-old forward has amassed 32 goals and 39 assists for 71 points to go along with 34 PIM in 46 games overall. In NAPHL action, Manson (5’8/160) has 20 points in 18 NAPHL games played to date.

Fretwell is a 6'0/205 lbs. defenseman from Erie, Colorado and is in his second season with the Omaha AAA organization. To date this season, the 18-year-old has amassed 8 goals and 18 assists for 26 points to go along with 30 PIM in 49 games overall. In NAPHL action, Fretwell has 15 points in 23 games played.  Last season, he recorded three points in 12 games for the 18U team.

The trio are the 8th, 9th and 10th players from the Omaha AAA Hockey Club 18U or 16U teams to sign NAHL tender agreements this season. 

 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Wings Tender Minnesota Standout

Press Release

 The Aberdeen Wings are proud to announce that Brandon Notermann has signed a tender contract with the team for the upcoming 2014-2015 season.

Wings Associate Head Coach and Director of Player Personnel Francis Anzalone made the announcement official prior to team practice on Thursday.

"Brandon Notermann plays the game with the passion and grit necessary for individual and team success. He skates hard, sees the ice well and displays a willingness to go to the hard areas of the rink," Anzalone said.  "We have evaluated Brandon multiple times in various settings and always see these same attributes. He will be a very important piece for us in 14-15."

Notermann, a 5-11, 165 lb forward currently plays for Blaine High School in Blaine, Minnesota.  Last year, the senior forward tallied 24 goals and 29 assists while spending time with his high school team and the Minnesota Elite Metro Northwest team. This season with Blaine High School, he is currently tied for leading scorer with 10 goals and 17 assists.  He is also tied for 4th most points in his entire division. The Blaine Bengals are 10-3-1 so far this season.

"We are fortunate to have Brandon on board with us.  This is a player our staff has been familiar with for the past two seasons and we look forward to helping him fulfill his goals," Head Coach Travis Winter added.

 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

St. Louis 18U forward Thornton signs NAHL tender

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The St. Louis Selects of the North American Prospects Hockey League are pleased to announce 18U forward Trevor Thornton has signed an NAHL tender agreement with the Michigan Warriors. The Warriors compete in the NAHL’s North Division.
 
Thornton, 18, is in his third NAPHL season and second with the 18U team. In 19 games played to date, the native of St. Peters, Missouri has 17 points (9 goals, 8 assists), which ranks second on the Selects 18U team in scoring.
 
Thornton’s (6’0/190) most productive event of the year came at the last NAPHL event in Oxford, OH, where he recorded six points in the five games played. It included a season-high three points in a win over the Detroit Falcons.
 
During the 2012-13 season, Thornton played for the St. Louis 18U team where he set career highs in points (21) and goals (13). In 2011-12, he played for the Selects 16U club where he recorded 13 points in 18 games played.
 
During his NAPHL career, Thornton has played in nine career NAPHL playoff games and recorded 11 points. In his NAPHL regular season career, Thornton has played in 59 career games and recorded 51 career points.
 
The 18U Selects enter the final regular season event of the year tied for 10th place in the 18U standings, five points out of the 8th and final playoff spot for the Gold Division. Three of their five remaining games are against teams that are ahead of them in the standings.


 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

Omaha 18U forward Whitney signs NAHL tender

Press Release

The Omaha AAA Hockey Club, proud members of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL), are pleased to announce that 18U forward Mark Whitney has signed an NAHL tender agreement with the Michigan Warriors of the NAHL. The Warriors compete in the NAHL’s North Division.
 
Whitney, 17, is a 6'2/210 lbs. winger who is from Maple Valley, Washington and is in his second season with the Omaha AAA organization. 
 
To date this season, Whitney has amassed 4 goals and 8 assists for 12 points to go along with 112 PIM in 45 games overall. In NAPHL play this season, he has eight points in 18 games.
 
Last season, Whitney played in 16 NAPHL games for the Omaha 16U team and five games for the 18U team. He was on the Omaha team that captured the 16U NAPHL title last season, recording two points in five playoff games.
 
In his NAPHL career, Whitney has played 39 career regular season games and recorded 17 points.
 
Whitney becomes the 7th player this season from the Omaha AAA Hockey 18U and 16U teams to sign an NAHL Tender this season joining: Ryan Cagnoni 18U (Corpus Christi), Mason Krueger 18U (Corpus Christi), Tycho Falk 18U (Coulee Region), Matt Pulver 16U (Fairbanks), David Brumm 16U (MN Magicians) and Tyler Doyle 18U (Topeka).


 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

Monday, January 13, 2014

Ducks 18U defenseman Nyhus signs NAHL tender

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The Anaheim Jr. Ducks, proud members of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL), are pleased to announce that captain and defenseman Evan Nyhus has signed an NAHL tender agreement with the Janesville Jets. The Jets compete in the NAHL’s North Division.
 
Nyhus, 17, is in his first full season in the 18U Division with the Ducks. His 14 points in NAPHL play to date leads all Ducks defenseman in scoring. Nyhus (6’0/180) is also tied for 5th in scoring among NAPHL 18U defensemen.
 
The native of Dove Canyon, California is in his second season in the NAPHL. Last year, he played for the Ducks 16U team and recorded 14 points in 22 games played.
 
This year, Nyhus and the Ducks are sitting atop of the 18U Division with a 17-2-0 record heading into the final regular season event in Troy, Michigan from January 17-20. Nyhus is riding a three-game point streak heading into the event. He began the season with six points in his first five games.
 
He is the third Ducks player to sign an NAHL tender this season joining teammates Elijiah Barriga (Amarillo) and Paul Boutoussov (Corpus Christi).


 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Fighting Falcons sign Matthew Kidney to tender agreement for next season

Press Release

PORT HURON -- The Port Huron Fighting Falcons, proud members of the North American Hockey League, today announced the signing of forward Matthew Kidney of the New Jersey Jr. Titans to a tender agreement for the 2014-2015 season. The tender agreement gives the Fighting Falcons Kidney’s playing rights within the NAHL for next season.

Kidney, a 1997 birth-year, is the first player to sign a tender agreement with the Fighting Falcons for next season.

A native of Middletown, New Jersey, Kidney has played with both the U16 and U18 Jr. Titans teams in the North American Prospects Hockey League. In 14 games with the U16 team, Kidney was the Titans’ second-leading scorer, and third overall among NAPHL 16U players with 38 points on 19 goals and 19 assists before being called up to the U18 team.

“Matthew is a good two-way player that has a lot of potential to make an impact at the next level,” said Fighting Falcons Head Coach and General Manager Michael Gershon. “There’s a lot of talent in the NAPHL, and we hope Matthew can follow in the footsteps of other players that have come here from that league.”

"We with the Titans are excited about Matt getting a tender offer from Port Huron of the NAHL," said George Haviland, the owner and General Manager of the NJ Titans. "Matt is offensively a force with soft hands and good vision, and he makes plays every time he has the puck."

Fighting Falcons forwards Noah Batis, Taylor Fernandez and Matt Jones, and defensemen Joey Lindberg and Lucas Little came to this year’s team through tender agreements they signed last season.

 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Bulls tender goaltender Jacob Weatherly

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AMARILLO, TX – Colorado Rampage goaltender Jacob Weatherly hopes to continue the great tradition of excellent goaltending of the Amarillo Bulls.

The defending Robertson Cup National Champions announced today (Wednesday) that they have tendered Weatherly for the 2014-15 regular season.  Weatherly, who is in his second year with the Rampage, has posted a mark of 11-4-1 with a 1.92 GAA and a save percentage of .910.

The Bulls have had tremendous success in goal with Nikifor Szczerba, Gregg Gruehl, Mike Taffe, and most recently Collin Delia and Paul Berrafato. Weatherly said he’s ready to follow their hard work.

“I’m really excited to have the opportunity to tender with the Bulls,” said Weatherly, who hails from Castle Rock, Colorado. “I’ve heard a lot about the program, the coaches, and how everything is first class. That’s a place I want to go to and develop.”

Weatherly said he wants to follow in the other goaltenders footsteps of moving on to the NCAA.

“I have been working towards a college scholarship my whole hockey career,” said Weatherly. “I would like to play somewhere on the east coast and this is the best place for me to go and get that exposure to the colleges.”

Amarillo Bulls Head Coach Dennis Williams said there will be a big void in the team’s goaltending with Paul Berrafato (Holy Cross) and Collin Delia (Merrimack) moving on to the NCAA.

“Our scouting staff and Rampage Coach Andrew Sherman all believe that Jacob is ready to take on that responsibility and compete to be the No. 1 goalie on our team next season,” said Williams. “I think it’s been a great opportunity for our guys to play here the last couple of years with four of our goalies moving on to the NCAA.”

In the past four years, the Bulls have recruited well in the state of Texas, and now they are reaching out to the state of Colorado.  Williams said that it’s important for the Bulls to recruit well from teams that are close to home.

“The Colorado Rampage is in our own backyard like the Dallas Jr. Stars,” he said. “We’ve said all along that you work hard to get the best players from your region. Jacob Weatherly is the top goalie we wanted and we are very excited that he has chosen to sign with us.”

Colorado Rampage Head Coach Andrew Sherman said it’s great for Jacob to be recognized by a prestigious organization like Amarillo and fans can look forward to seeing a mentally tough goaltender between the pipes.

“Jacob is a great competitor with lots of composure,” said Sherman. “He is very committed to the process and is a first to practice, last to leave type of player.” 

 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

New Jersey 16U forward Walker signs NAHL tender

Press Release

The New Jersey Jr. Titans, proud members of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL), are pleased to announce that 16U forward Ryan Walker has signed an NAHL tender agreement with the Amarillo Bulls. The Bulls compete in the NAHL’s South Division.

Walker, 16, leads the entire North American Prospects Hockey League in scoring with 23 goals and 38 assists for 61 points. He was the first player in the five-year history of the NAPHL to register 50 points in a season, which came earlier this year. The Spotswood, New Jersey native has six power play goals and one game winner. He also played in the NAPHL 16U All-Star Game back in December.

“It’s a great day for me and my family,” said Walker. “It is very exciting after playing in the NAPHL for the past two years. The Amarillo Bulls are the most prestigious team in the NAHL. I am very happy and excited to be able to tender with them.”

Bulls Head Coach Dennis Williams says he’s thrilled to add another New Jersey-born product to the Bulls roster. “The state of New Jersey has been very good to us with guys like John Rey, TJ Sarcona, Joe Grabowski, Phil Heinle, Tyler Deresky and Roman Ammirato,” said Williams. “Coach George Haviland and the New Jersey Jr. Titans develop some great players, and when we had a chance to tender a highly skilled player like Ryan Walker we jumped at it right away."

Williams said that the fans in the Texas Panhandle will enjoy the type of player that Ryan Walker is. “Ryan is a small player, but plays big, tough and aggressive,” he said. “His skill making and goal scoring is next to none. For us to go after a young player like Ryan speaks volumes about him wanting to sign here out of all the NAHL teams that he chose. It’s a great accomplishment for our program that has been around for just four years to get a player of his caliber.”

Walker said he is looking forward to helping the Bulls anyway he can. “I want to help the Bulls win more National Championships,” he said. “They have done a great job in moving players on to the NCAA, and my next goal is to work towards getting a Commitment.”

Titans Head Coach George Haviland said to get a player tendered by the Bulls is huge for their program. “We joined the NAPHL three years ago to get some national exposure and for our players to move on to the next level,” he said. “For us to get a player tendered by Amarillo is great because we feel the Bulls have the best club in the NAHL. It shows us that we’re doing something right. It gives our players something to reach for.”

 (Nathan can be reached at nathanfournier@mainehockeyjournal.com)