Breezy Point forward Mezera signs NAHL tender
June 9, 2015
The Breezy Point North Stars of the NA3HL are pleased to announce that forward Ryan Mezera has signed an NAHL tender agreement with the Bismarck Bobcats. The Bobcats compete in the NAHL’s Central Division.
Mezera, 19, just completed his first season of playing junior hockey in the NA3HL for the North Stars. The native of Mequon, Minnesota, led the team in scoring during the 2014-15 regular season with 35 points (20 goals, 15 assists) in 40 games played.
“When I was hired in late summer of 2014, my first call was to Ryan Mezera and I was able to sign Ryan to a NA3HL tender. Mezera came to Breezy Point from Team Wisconsin/Wisconsin High School. I knew he was my type of player, as Ryan plays both ends of the rink, is willing to block shots, is highly competitive, and will do anything to help his team win. The Breezy Point staff knew this day would be coming, when we would lose Ryan to the NAHL. I could not be happier for him, and we wish him the best of luck,” said North Stars Head Coach Jeff Worlton.
Mezera (5’11/180) also played in two games at the 2015 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament for the West Division team, recording an assist.
“I was excited to choose the Bismarck Bobcats this weekend in signing the tender agreement. I had been talking with the coaching staff throughout the season, and attended there pre-draft camp in Minnesota. I had a good time skating with some returners from last year's team. I visited Bismarck's facilities this year and enjoyed the team. The coaches were also very welcoming and helpful; I am excited to potentially be a part of a great program. I would like to thank everyone involved with the Breezy Point North Stars who have helped me succeed this season. My teammates were awesome, and I enjoyed every day on and off the ice. I would also like to thank the coaching staff for the great work done, day in and day out. The atmosphere at games and events related to the team was always top notch, and I learned so much during my time spent in Breezy Point,” remarked Mezera.
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 9, 2015.