Pursuit of Excellence 18U forward Sakic signs NAHL tender
January 9, 2018
The Pursuit of Excellence organization of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) is pleased to announce that 18U forward Chase Sakic has signed a North American Hockey League (NAHL) tender agreement with the Brookings Blizzard of the NAHL’s Central Division.
Sakic, 17, has been with the Pursuit of Excellence organization in the NAPHL for the last three seasons. So far this season, the native of Cherry Hills Village, Colorado, has seven points (6 goals, 1 assist) in nine NAPHL games played. Overall this season, he has 15 points in 18 games played.
Sakic was recently named to play in the 2017-18 NAPHL 18U All-Star Game on Saturday, January 27th.
Sakic (5’9/165) had a breakout season last year with the Pursuit of Excellence 18U team as a 16-year-old scoring 22 points in 22 NAPHL games. Overall, he has recorded 47 points in 54 career NAPHL games, which extends back to playing with the Pursuit of Excellence 16U team during the 2015-16 season.
Prior to playing for Pursuit of Excellence in the NAPHL, Sakic played Bantam hockey for the Colorado Thunderbirds.
Sakic is the son of NHL Hall of Famer Joe Sakic, who is the current General Manager and Executive Vice-President of Hockey Operations for the Colorado Avalanche.
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 on June 5, 2018.