Northeast forward Bankauskas signs NAHL tender
November 11, 2019
The Northeast Generals of the NA3HL are pleased to announce that forward Kolye Bankauskas, the NA3HL’s leading scorer, has signed a North American Hockey League (NAHL) tender agreement to play for the NAHL’s Northeast Generals next season.
Through 17 games so far during the 2019-20 season, Bankauskas, 19, has already amassed a great season’s worth of points. He has 26 goals and 29 assists for 55 points good for over a three points per game average.
He also made his NAHL debut earlier this season with the Generals, recording one point in two games played.
The 5’11/156 lbs. native of Coventry, Rhode Island, has helped propel the Generals to the top or near the top of the Coastal Division standings all season long as they currently sit four points behind the division leading Nordiques.
In his two years with the Generals Bankauskas has staggering offensive numbers. Through 64 games, he has recorded a Generals record 63 goals and 54 assists for 117 points and an incredible +/- of +88. He also played in the 2019 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament for the Coastal Division team and the NAHL 18U Top Prospects Tournament for the NA3HL team, where he had four points in four games played.
“His speed is crazy, but his work ethic is also incredibly high. He came to us from a smaller Rhode Islander school in Coventry where he had some great coaching. He had an adjustment to the level but it was quick. He has simply gotten better everyday,” said NA3HL Head Coach Darryl Locke.
NAHL GM/Head Coach and NA3HL GM Bryan Erikson said, “Kolye joins a great list of tenders from the NA3HL the Generals have had. In Year 1 we had Luke Perunovich (who is now at Providence), in Year 2 we had Louis Boudon (who is now at Lake Superior State), in Year 3 we had Kyle Gierman (who has a ton of NCAA suitors and is a top 4 D man for us) and this year we tendered Thad Marcola who has become our most dependable penalty killer. We love the NA3HL tender system not only because we have had success with it, but because the players we get are hungry to earn that spot. Kolye has played a few NAHL games and shows he is right there. We are extremely excited to watch him continue to develop in the NA3HL and with the NAHL’s Generals this year before making a huge impact next year with the NAHL Generals full time.”
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 2, 2020.