Pair of Omaha 18U players sign NAHL tenders
March 3, 2015
The Omaha AAA Hockey Club, proud members of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL), are pleased to announce that two players from the 18U team have signed NAHL tender agreements.
Forward Matt Christian has signed an NAHL tender with the Lone Star Brahmas and defenseman Jake Levin has signed an NAHL tender with the Odessa Jackalopes. Both teams compete in the NAHL’s South Division.
Christian, 17, is in his first season playing for the Omaha 18U team, which finished tied for 2nd in the NAPHL standings this season and was Runner-Up in the NAPHL Playoffs. The native of Grand Forks, North Dakota, played in 19 NAPHL regular season games, recording 12 points. He also have five points in five NAPHL playoff games.
Christian (6’1/195) also recently played in the 2015 NAPHL Top Prospects Tournament in Ann Arbor, MI, where he had four points in three games for Team Central. Last season, Christian played for the Omaha AAA Hockey Club 16U team, where he had 24 points in 20 NAPHL games.
Levin, 18, is finishing his first season with the Omaha 18U team. In 24 NAPHL games this season, the native of Mequon, Wisconsin had seven points. He also had one assist in three playoff games.
Like Christian, Levin (6’1/177) played in the 2015 NAPHL Top Prospects Tournament in Ann Arbor for Team Central. Prior to playing in the NAPHL, Levin played last season for the Milwaukee Jr. Admirals 16U team. He also played in the USA Hockey Select-17 Festival last summer.
Christian and Levin are the 5th and 6th players respectively from the Omaha 18U team to sign NAHL tenders this season.
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.