El Paso forward Gross signs NAHL tender
The El Paso Rhinos of the NA3HL are pleased to announce that forward Matthew Gross has signed an NAHL tender agreement with the Amarillo Wranglers of the NAHL’s South Division.
Gross, 18, just completed his first season of junior hockey in the NA3HL with the Rhinos. The 5’11/175 lbs. native of Las Vegas, Nevada, playing in 31 regular season games in the 2021-22 season for El Paso, scoring 28 times and recording 60 points in those games.
That 1.94 point per game pace placed him tied for 6th among skaters with over 20 games played. Gross also appeared in 7 Fraser Cup playoff games for the Rhinos, scoring a goal and 10 points
Gross made NAHL appearances with both the El Paso Rhinos and the Bismarck Bobcats this past season. Appearing in nine total games, he made his NAHL debut on the 15th of September for the Bobcats.
Prior to this season, Gross played three seasons of AAA hockey for the Phoenix Jr. Coyotes organization with both the 16U and 18U programs.
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 two (2) tenders exclusively used on players from the NA3HL - plus or minus any trades - which became active on November 1st. Tendered players are not eligible for the 2022 NAHL Draft.