Two Anaheim 16U players sign NAHL tenders
December 15, 2014
The Anaheim Jr. Ducks, proud members of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL), are pleased to announce that two players from the 16U team have signed NAHL tender agreements.
Defenseman Chad Sasaki has signed in NAHL tender agreement with the Coulee Region Chill and forward Patrick Choi has signed an NAHL tender agreement with the Amarillo Bulls.
Sasaki, 16, has put together a great season thus far. He began right off the bat as he was named the Peak Performer for all 16U NAPHL Defensemen from the first event in Blaine, Minnnesota. The native of Cypress, CA, was able to be a significant part of the offense, recording 8 assists in the first five games. That included two multi-point games, which also included a four-point game.
Sasaki (5’7/140) currently ranks 2nd among all NAPHL 16U defensemen in scoring with 15 points in 15 games played. At the most recent event in Blaine last week, he picked up four assists in five wins for the Jr. Ducks. He also played in the 2014 NAPHL 16U All-Star Game for Team Blue.
“Chad is a model student-athlete who is well deserving of this tender. His humble attitude and respect for his teammates, coaching staff and the game itself are remarkable for a player his age. I believe that Coulee is a great fit as their coaching staff has expressed a high level of interest from the beginning of the season. They are getting a great individual who is a great team player with a great sense of the game. He is going to be exciting to watch and believe his prospects of playing at the collegiate level is very positive as he holds a 4.6 GPA,” said Anaheim 16U coach Alex Kim.
Choi, 16, is also having a standout year this season for the Jr. Ducks. The native of Seoul, South Korea, has been a goal-scoring machine so far this season. His 15 goals leads the Jr. Ducks team and ranks 2nd overall in the NAPHL 16U Division. His 26 points is tied for 4th in 16U scoring.
Choi (5’9/185) had another great event last week in Minnesota as he recorded eight points, including six goals, in the five Anaheim wins.
“Patrick has worked hard this year and gained the necessary exposure via the NAPHL to receive a tender from the Amarillo Bulls organization. I know that staff in Amarillo is great and believe that they tendered a player that will be able to make an impact at the next level. He has a great work ethic, passion for the game and is well received by his peers. I know that he will be a great addition to the Amarillo Bulls given the opportunity,” said Kim.
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 became active on Nov. 1. Tendered players are not eligible for the NAHL draft, which will be held in June of 2015.