Two Granite City players get NAHL opportunities
January 6, 2015
The Granite City Lumberjacks, proud members of the NA3HL, are pleased to announce the advancement opportunity for two players.
Forward Travis Kothenbeutel has signed an NAHL tender agreement with the Austin Bruins and forward David Kenney was called up to the NAHL to play for the Bruins last weekend.
Kothenbeutel, 17, is in his second season with the Lumberjacks. The native of Sauk Rapids, Minnesota is having a very solid season to date with 24 points in 24 games played. Kothenbeutel (5’10/160) has also seen some action with the Bruins in the NAHL this season through the later half of December and into January.
His time spent with the Bruins in the NAHL has been a productive one, as Kothenbeutel has recorded five points in six NAHL games. That included assisting on both goals in his NAHL debut, which was a 2-1 win over the Minnesota Magicians back on December 12th.
Kothenbeutel is the second Lumberjacks player this season to sign an NAHL tender.
Kenney, 20, made his NAHL debut this past weekend with the Bruins, who split a home-and-home series with the Brookings Blizzard. Kenney (6’0/180) recorded three shots in the series, but did not register a point.
The native of St. Cloud, Minnesota is in his second season in the NA3HL with the Lumberjacks. In 22 games played this year with Granite City, Kenney has 28 points. During the 2013-14 season, he recorded 20 points in 17 games.
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 in June of 2015.