North Iowa defenseman Kubitz signs NAHL tender
March 20, 2019
The North Iowa Bulls of the North American 3 Hockey League (NA3HL) are proud to announce that defenseman Jack Kubitz has signed a North American Hockey League (NAHL) tender agreement with the Bismarck Bobcats of the NAHL's Central Division.
Kubitz is the fifth Bulls player this season to sign a tender with an NAHL club.
The Long Lake, Minnesota native played only one regular-season game with the Bulls, but immediately made an impact, scoring his first junior goal on the power play in a win over the Peoria Mustangs on the season's final night. He appeared in all three of the Bulls' West Division semifinal games against the Rochester Grizzlies, but did not register a point.
The Orono High School senior joined the Bulls roster after leading his Spartan high school squad to another Minnesota sectional final. Kubitz tallied five points in last year's Minnesota state tournament, including an assist on the eventual game-winner in the state championship game. Orono's 2018 state title was its first in school history. In his varsity career at Orono, Kubitz totaled 36 points over 85 games, including a career-high 19 this past season as a senior captain.
More than 30 North Iowa players have reached the NAHL since the team's inaugural season in 2011-12. Two are currently active on NCAA Division I rosters, with several others currently playing for professional teams. The North Iowa Bulls congratulate Jack Kubitz on signing a tender with the Bismarck Bobcats, and wish him the best in his future in junior hockey.
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 4, 2019.