St. Louis defenseman Nolan signs NAHL tender
February 24, 2016
The St Louis Jr. Blues of the NA3HL are pleased to announce that defenseman Joe Nolan has signed an NAHL tender agreement with the Springfield Jr. Blues, who compete in the NAHL’s Midwest Division.
The 6’4/210 lbs. right-hander has established himself as one of the league’s top two-way defenders. He is currently tied for fourth in the NA3HL amongst defensemen in scoring with 36 points (9 goals, 27 assists) and leads all Jr. Blues defensemen in plus/minus with +28.
Nolan, 18, recently was selected to and played in the 2016 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament for the 18U Selects Red team, where he again led his team’s blue-liners with three points (one goal, two assists) as his side went undefeated.
St. Louis head coach Chris Flaugher commented on the move, “Joe has been an impact player for us all season. He has come in from Day one looking to make himself a better player and has been putting in the work to improve his game. For all of his work and progress, Joe was rewarded by being offered a tender from the Springfield Jr. Blues. I feel with Joe’s work ethic and desire to be successful he can make a name for himself at the next level,” said Flaugher.
Nolan joins a long list of players who have made the trek up Interstate 55 to play for the NAHL Jr. Blues.
Four other St Louis Jr. Blues were promoted to America’s only Tier II junior hockey league mid-season, with Frankie Melton going to Bismarck, Bayley Marshall and Zach Mitchell currently skating with Brookings, and goalie Zach Young spending a weekend with Springfield. Nolan is the sixth NA3HL player this season to sign an NAHL tender.
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.