Sioux Falls 16U forward Vockler signs NAHL tender
November 14, 2019
The Sioux Falls Power of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) are pleased to announce that 16U forward Jake Vockler has signed a North American Hockey League (NAHL) tender agreement with the Bismarck Bobcats of the NAHL’s Central Division.
Vockler, 16, is in his second season playing in the NAPHL for the 16U team. The 5’9/150 lbs. native of Sioux Falls, South Dakota, has 10 points in 13 overall games for the Sioux Falls 16U team this season, which includes five points in nine NAPHL games.
“I really like the coaching staff in Bismarck, they felt welcome,” Vockler said. “With their playing style, it fits me very well,” said Vockler. “I’m a 200-foot player, not scared to give a big hit when it’s there, and I also like to score some goals.”
Vockler scored 35 goals in 64 games with Sioux Falls last season, which included 10 points in 16 NAPHL games.
“Jake is a highly skilled forward who plays with jam,” said Bobcats scout Niko Kapetanovic. “His ability to make plays and win puck battles makes him a matchup nightmare in the defensive zone.”
“I want to thank all of my coaches that have helped me along the way, and my parents for what they’ve done for me,” Vockler said. “I’d like to win a Robertson Cup with Bismarck.”
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 2, 2020.