April 4, 2014
The Omaha AAA Hockey Club, proud members of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL), are pleased to announce that 18U Goaltender Justin Ketola has signed an NAHL tender agreement with the Brookings Blizzard of the NAHL. Brookings currently competes in the Central Division of the NAHL.
The 18-year-old Ketola hails from Cloquet, Minnesota and just recently completed his first and only season with the Omaha AAA organization. Ketola had an outstanding season for the NAPHL League Champion Omaha AAA 18U Team. In 48 games played overall he had a record of 39-8-1 including 12 shutouts , His goals against average was 1.33 and his save percentage was an outstanding .948.
In NAPHL play, Ketola had a tremendous season. He led the NAPHL 18U Division in wins with 13 and he ranked second in goals against average (1.19) and save percenatge (93.7%). Ketola also recently played in the NAPHL Top Prospects Tournament in Geneva, Illinois where he played for Team North, who won the event with a perfect 4-0 record. At the event, Ketola did not give up a single goal on 32 shots.
Ketola becomes the 12th 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) , Mark Whitney (Michigan Warriors) and Matt Nehls (Fairbanks Ice Dogs).
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.