Esmark 18U goalie Strobel signs NAHL tender
January 30, 2020
The Esmark Stars AAA Hockey Club of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) are pleased to announce that 18U goaltender Connor Strobel has signed a North American Hockey League (NAHL) tender agreement with the Johnstown Tomahawks.
The 17-year-old Butler, Pennsylvania native, who is a senior at Butler High School, is in his first season with the U18 AAA Stars. Prior to joining the U18 squad, Strobel tended the nets for the U16 Esmark Stars during the 2018-19 season.
To date this season, Strobel (6'2/170) has a record of 21-0-3-1 in 25 overall appearances, with a .943 save percentage and a goals against average (GAA) of 1.37, including seven shutouts. In nine North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) appearances this season, Stobel has a 7-0-0-1 record, with a .940 save percentage, a goals against average (GAA) of 1.50, and has recorded three shutouts.
During the 2018-19 NAPHL 16U season, Strobel had an overall record of 23-11-2-0, with a .913 save percentage, a goals against average (GAA) of 2.34, including five shutouts, in 35 appearances. That included a 8-6-0-0 record, with a .889 save percentage, a goals against average (GAA) of 2.36, with three shutouts, in 14 regular season and NAPHL Dixon Cup playoff appearances.
"Connor has demonstrated that he among the top goaltenders in our league and certainly among the best midget major goalies in the nation this season," said Esmark 18U head coach Dave Kosick. "He simply does not get rattled."
"Connor is part of an elite goaltending tandem our squad offers," Kosick added. "He and his playing partner give us a chance to win every night. Johnstown landed an outstanding young man with a bright future."
Strobel is the fourth member of the 2019-2020 Esmark Stars to secure a tender with an NAHL squad for the 2020-2021 season. Teammates Dustin Gergerach, Johnstown Tomahawks; Lane Ruffner, Wichita Falls Warriors; and Ryder Brophy, Lone Stars Brahmas; had previously signed with the NAHL clubs.
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.