North Iowa forward Clemons signs NAHL tender
May 26, 2017
Connor Clemons had a good showing at the 2017 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament.
After a year in the state of Iowa, it’s back to Minnesota for NA3HL and North Iowa Bulls forward Connor Clemons, the Bulls’ latest call-up to the North American Hockey League.
Clemons, 19, has signed an NAHL tender agreement with the Minnesota Magicians and will get his shot in the NAHL after one very successful season in “The Barn.”
Clemons (6’1/175) earned a brief NAHL call-up this past season, playing a game with the Aberdeen Wings in early November. He did his share of damage in a Bulls uniform during the 2016-17 campaign, placing second on the team with 65 points with a team-best 33 goals.
Clemons was also selected to and played in the 2017 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament for the Red Selects team, where he had three points in three games played.
The Prior Lake, Minnesota native could always be counted upon in the big moments, notching 10 power-play goals and seven game-winners this past year. His 11 points this past postseason, including four goals at the Silver Cup national championship tournament, also topped the leaderboard.
Clemons certainly wasn’t forgotten during the week after the Silver Cup tournament, landing the Central Division’s Rookie of the Year award. His NAHL tender is the 22nd in North Iowa’s six-year history, and he was one of six Bulls players to earn a call to the NAHL during the past season.
The North Iowa Bulls wish all success to Connor Clemons in the North American Hockey League during the upcoming 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.