Capitals forward Busch signs NAHL tender
April 14, 2014
The Topeka Capitals of the NA3HL have announced that forward Blake Busch has signed a tender with the Topeka RoadRunners of the NAHL. Busch becomes the second Capital to sign a tender with a NAHL franchise in their inaugural season. The Topeka RoadRunners play and compete in the NAHL's South Division.
"Blake is a big body, with a good skill set, who plays a north and south game," said Capitals head coach Anthony Bohn. "The Capitals are proud to have another player join our parent club. We wish him the best and look forward to watching him continue his development at the NAHL level."
Busch arrived late in the season for the Capitals, having played for the Skipjacks of the USPHL. In 29 games for the Skipjacks (two in the playoffs), Busch tallied 19 goals and 16 assists for a total of 35 points. In six games with Topeka, he added a goal and two assists with a plus/minus of +4.
Busch follows former Capital Yu Hikosaka to the NAHL. Hikosaka moved up after a strong first half of the season that saw him lead the team in scoring and represent Japan in the World Juniors Championship Tournament.
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.