Colorado Springs 18U forward Pappas signs NAHL tender
May 7, 2019
The Colorado Springs Tigers AAA Hockey Club of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) is pleased to announce that 18U forward Hunter Pappas has signed a North American Hockey League (NAHL) tender agreement with the Springfield Jr. Blues of the NAHL’s Midwest Division.
Pappas, 19, played his entire youth career with the Colorado Springs Tigers program and served as an assistant captain this past year for the 18U team. The 5’11/170 lbs. native of Colorado Springs, Colorado, posted 13 points in 20 NAPHL games this past season, which was his fourth year in the league.
“I would like to start off by thanking Coach Rennette and Coach Dallman for this opportunity and I am extremely excited to play for the Springfield Jr . Blues organization,” said Pappas. “I look forward to competing at the next level and the challenges that come with it. I am grateful for the support of my family and friends and I appreciate my past coaches along the way for believing in me. Coach Holmstrom has pushed me through the tough times and made me an all-around better player. I appreciate his belief in me and showing me the “little things” that matter. Working with me the past three years has made an impact on my development that will carry into the next level.”
“Hunter brings a great attitude and compete to everything we do and has been not only dedicated to but is a great driving force of the Tiger culture and process within our program. Hunter has put in a lot of work on and off the ice and we are excited to see him make the most of this opportunity,” stated Tigers Head Coach Kevin Holmstrom.
Pappas is the third player from the Tigers AAA 18U team who has signed an NAHL tender so far 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 on June 4, 2019.