Wisconsin forward Hanson signs NAHL tender agreement
June 5, 2018
The Wisconsin Whalers of the NA3HL are pleased to announce that forward Sam Hanson has signed a North American Hockey League (NAHL) tender agreement with the Minot Minotauros of the NAHL’s Central Division.
Hanson, 19, just completed his first season of junior hockey, and spent the second half of the Whalers. In 23 regular season games played, the 6’2/200 lbs. native of Eau Claire, Wisconsin, recorded 23 points (6 goals, 17 assists).
Hanson was also selected to and played in the 2018 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament for the Blue (Central/Coastal Division) team. He three games at the event he recorded a goal and an assist.
Hanson began the 2017-18 season with the Minotauros in the NAHL, where he played in two games at the NAHL Showcase.
“We were very pleased to get Sam halfway through last season and he is a player that is getting better all the time and has a bright future ahead of him,” said Whalers head coach Tom McDermott. “He is a great leader on and off the ice and works really hard to get better each day.”
Minot head coach Marty Murray stated the following about Hanson this past season, “Sam really grew on our staff as our main camp progressed. He is one of those players, that the more you watch him, the more you appreciate what he brings to the table. He moves well for a big guy, and I see him being a shutdown type player, that excels in the face-off circle and could play a pivotal role on our penalty kill.”
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 5, 2018.