California 18U defenseman Wilk signs NAHL tender
January 3, 2014
The California Titans, proud members of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL), are pleased to announce that 18U defenseman Austin Wilk has signed an NAHL tender agreement with the Austin Bruins. The Bruins play in the NAHL’s Central Division.
Wilk, an 18-year-old defenseman from Camarillo, California, has appeared in 15 of California’s 19 games to date. The 5’10/155 lbs. defenseman has 12 points (3 goals, 9 assists) in those 15 games, which leads all Titans 18U defensemen. His 12 points are tied for 8th among NAPHL 18U defensemen in scoring.
Wilk’s best event of the season came at California’s most recent event in December in Blaine. In five games, Wilk recorded five points (all assists) as the Titans went 3-2 at the event.
This is Wilk’s second season of playing for the California Titans 18U team in the NAPHL. Last season, Wilk played in all 22 regular season games, recording six assists. He also had two points in five playoff games last season.
Wilk is one of four California Titans that have signed NAHL tender agreements this season and the first from the 18U team to do so. The others are Cody Key (Bismarck), Evan Somoza (Austin) and Jared Turcotte (Bismarck).
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, which will be held on June 3, 2014.