Oregon defenseman Velikhanov signs NAHL tender
The Oregon Tradesmen are pleased to announce that forward Amir Velikhanov has signed a North American Hockey League (NAHL) tender agreement with the Janesville Jets of the NAHL’s Midwest Division.
Velikhanov, 18, just completed his first full season of junior hockey, with the NA3HL, where he played 35 regular season games for the Tradesmen and scored 18 points (5 Goals, 13 Assists).
The 5’10/160 lbs. native of Moskva, Russia, also appeared in five 2022 Fraser Cup Playoff games, recording a goal and three assists in those appearances.
Velikhanov was selected to and participated in the 2022 NA3HL Top Prospects Showcase, held in February in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania at the UPMC Lemieux Sports Complex. There he represented Team White and appeared in two games.
Prior to this season, Velikhanov played one season with the Boston Hockey Academy’s 18U AAA program.
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