Three Anaheim players sign NAHL tenders
November 25, 2014
The Anaheim Jr. Ducks, proud members of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) are pleased to announce that three players have signed tender agreements to play next season in the North American Hockey League (NAHL).
18U defenseman Aaron Murray has signed an NAHL tender agreement with the Johnstown Tomahawks. 18U forward Paul Boutoussov has signed an NAHL tender agreement with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs and 16U forward Justin Dixson has signed an NAHL tender agreement with the Topeka RoadRunners.
Murray, 18, is in his first year with the Ducks organization and third year in the NAPHL overall. The 6’2/170 lbs. native of Chino, California, has played in all 14 games to date for the 18U Ducks, who are in a tie for 2nd place in the 18U Division. He has totaled three points (2 goals, 1 assist) to date from the blueline. Back on November 7th, Murray made his NAHL debut with the Tomahawks in a 2-1 home win over the Michigan Warriors. Prior to this season, Murray played two years in the NAPHL for the California Titans organization. In 47 career NAPHL regular season games, Murray has 12 points.
Boutoussov, 18, has been one of the most prolific scorers in the 18U Division the past year and a half and he has picked up right where he left off last season. The native of Dana Point, California, currently leads the NAPHL 18U Division in scoring with 21 points. He also leads the division in goals with 15. Boutoussov (5’11/160) has had eight multi-point games so far this season. Last year, Boutoussov was named to the All-NAPHL 18U 2nd Team as he recorded 35 points, including 21 goals in a campaign that saw the Ducks win the regular season. During the latest event in Omaha, Boutoussov had seven points and scored the game-winning goal in two of the team’s three wins.
Dixson, 16, has been one of the breakout stars in the NAPHL this season. The native of Sunnyvale, California, is currently 2nd in the NAPHL 16U scoring with 21 points in his 10 games played to date. Dixson (5’11/160) was named as the Apex Peak Performer 16U Offense back in early October for his tremendous start to the season. Dixson recorded 12 points in 5 games of the year, which included 6 goals and 6 assists. He followed that up with nine points in five games at the next event in Romeoville. Dixson has led the 16U Ducks to a 9-1 record to date as they sit in a tie for 1st place.
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 NAPHL - plus or minus any trades - which became active on Nov. 1. Tendered players are not eligible for the NAHL draft, which will be held in June of 2015.