Metro goalie Kormos signs NAHL tender
February 7, 2017
By Matt Mackinder, Metro Jets
The player advancements continue for the NA3HL's Metro Jets.
This week, Jets goaltender Andrew Kormos signed a North American Hockey League tender agreement with the New Jersey Titans for the 2017-18 season.
Previously this season, Kormos earned a call-up to the NAHL’s Kenai River Brown Bears.
“Signing this tender is a great opportunity,” said Kormos, a Milford, Mich., native who turns 20 on Feb. 10. “New Jersey is a great organization and I'm very excited to have the chance to be a part of it. I can't thank the staff at Metro enough for helping me with my game and helping me earn this opportunity.
“This offseason, I will need to continue to work on my game on the ice and continue to put in time in the weight room to be fully prepared for next season.”
So far this season, Kormos leads the NA3HL in goals-against average (0.95), save percentage (.961) and shutouts (eight), while his 18 wins are good for fourth in the league.
“Andrew is deserving of this opportunity and it’s great that he can now focus the remainder of the season on his goals knowing what his plans are next year,” Jets coach-GM Justin Quenneville. “At the end of the day, this is what it’s about and my last conversation with (New Jersey coach-GM) Craig Doremus was about how excited he was to sign Andrew. New Jersey has a great program out East and I’m glad we are able to continue to work with NAHL programs year in and year out.”
This season, the Jets have also sent forward Louis Boudon (Northeast Generals), defensemen Robby Flannery (Springfield Jr. Blues), Marc Schwartz (Kenai River Brown Bears), Nick Foran (Kenai River) and George Hansen (Wilkes-Barre/Scranton Knights) and goaltender Jake Gwillim (New Jersey), who also committed to NCAA Division III Aurora University in December, to NAHL clubs.
Foran also signed an affiliate agreement with the Generals for the rest of the 2016-17 season and Boudon signed a tender with Northeast for the 2017-18 season.
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 on June 6, 2017.