Whalers goalie McConnell signs NAHL tender
January 29, 2016
The Wisconsin Whalers of the NA3HL are pleased to announce that goaltender Max McConnell has signed an NAHL tender agreement with the Coulee Region Chill. The Chill compete in the NAHL’s Midwest Division.
19-year-old native of Madison, Wisconsin, has had a tremendous first season in the NA3HL. McConnell has a 13-7-0 record to date in 20 appearances. McConnell currently ranks tied for 7th in the NA3HL with a 92.9% save percentage and his five shutouts rank tied for 2nd.
This past week, he was named the Central Division Star of the Week as got the start in both game as the Whalers swept a home-and-home series against the Rochester Ice Hawks. McConnell (6’4/175) faced 54 shots in the two games and made 54 saves for two shutouts. On Friday, McConnell made 29 saves in a 5-0 win and on Saturday he made 25 saves in a 9-0 win.
“Max is playing great right now seeing the puck very well. He has really been unbelievable lately, making big saves and keeping us in games when we need him to or keeping the momentum on our side,” said Whalers head coach Tom McDermott.
He is the third NA3HL player to sign an NAHL tender this season and first goalie to do so. McConnell was also selected to play in the 2016 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament coming up in February in Plymouth, MI, where he will play for one of the two NA3HL 18U Selects Teams.
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 became active on Nov. 1. Tendered players are not eligible for the NAHL draft, which will be held in June of 2016.