Bulls goalie Amsden signs NAHL tender
January 27, 2014
The North Iowa Bulls of the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) are pleased to announce that goaltender Chris Amsden has signed an NAHL tender agreement with the Minnesota Magicians. The Magicians compete in the NAHL’s Midwest Division.
Amsden, 19, has been one of the top goaltenders in the NA3HL all season long. He ranks second in the NA3HL in wins with 17, he leads the league in shutouts with four, he ranks 3rd in goals against average with a 1.91 and ranks 5th in save percentage at 92.6%. The native of St. Peter, Minnesota, has a sparkling 17-1-0 record so far this season and has won his last 11 starts.
Amsden (6’4/180) was selected as the NA3HL Goaltender of the Month in December, where he was perfect during the month, going 8-0. He also allowed just 13 goals in nine appearances during the month, which earned him a 1.56 goals against average. He also stopped 202 out of a possible 215 shots on goal during the month, which equaled a 94% save percentage in December.
“We have set a team goal to allow a minimal certain number of goals per game and Chris has played a huge part in accomplishing that for us. He has done everything we have asked of him,” said Bulls head coach Todd Sanden. “It is tough to come in a replace a starter who won multiple Championships, but Chris has done that and then some. He never takes a night off and is playing at a very high level right now.”
Amsden is the first Bulls player this season to sign an NAHL tender and the fifth overall in the NA3HL 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 one tender exclusively used on players from the NA3HL - plus or minus any trades - which become active on Nov. 1. Tendered players are not eligible for the NAHL draft, which will be held on June 3, 2014.