Omaha 18U defenseman Nehls signs NAHL tender
March 12, 2014
The Omaha AAA Hockey Club, proud members of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL), are pleased to announce that 18U Defenseman Matt Nehls has signed an NAHL tender agreement with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs of the NAHL. Fairbanks plays in the Midwest Division of the NAHL as won the regular season title in 2013-14.
Nehls , 17, is a 6'1/205lbs defenseman who is from Boulder , Colorado and is in his second season with the Omaha AAA organization.
To date this season, Nehls has amassed 7 goals and 20 assists for 27 points to go along with 52 PIM in 67 games overall. In NAPHL play this season, he has 14 points in 24 games.
Last season, Nehls played in 18 NAPHL games for the Omaha 16U team . He was on the Omaha team that captured the 16U NAPHL title last season . Nehls and 18U teammate Cade Warner have won 3 NAPHL playoff Championships at the 14U , 16U and 18U levels.
In his NAPHL career, Nehls has played 52 career regular season games and recorded 19 points.
Nehls becomes the 11th 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) , Tyler Doyle 18U (Topeka Roadrunners) , Nathan Medeiros (Topeka Roadrunners) , Ryan Fretwell (Minot Minotauros) , Miles Manson (Minot Minotauros) and Mark Whitney (Michigan Warriors).
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.