Colorado Springs 18U forward Knutson signs NAHL tender
December 1, 2016
(Left to Right): Cody Campbell (Former 16U Head Coach), Zaccheaus Knutson, Kevin Holmstrom (18U Head Coach)
The Colorado Springs Tigers, proud members of the NAPHL, are pleased to announce that 18U forward Zaccheaus Knutson (5’8/145) has signed a tender with the Minnesota Wilderness of the NAHL’s Midwest Division.
Knutson, an 18-year-old forward and a first year Tiger is originally from Tea, South Dakota.
"I am very excited and humbled by this experience and the opportunity to move to the next level. I would like to thank my family, teammates and coaches for supporting me. I am looking forward to continuing to grow as a player and person,” said Knutson.
Former Tigers 16U head coach Cody Campbell said, “Having played for Wilderness coach Tim Madsen in college, I know the high-paced and hard style of hockey he likes to play. Zac will fit that style of play extremely well. Coach Madsen and the Wilderness are committed to winning championships and producing NCAA Division I players. I am excited for Zac and the opportunity he will have to develop and further his hockey career with the Wilderness."
18U head coach Kevin Holmstrom added, "Zac has grown a lot both on and off the ice since joining our program, and I am confident he will be ready to make an impact with the Wilderness club. Zac is one of those guys that players like to play with. His high compete level and ability to make plays makes everyone around him better. I am excited for him and his future with the Wilderness and beyond.”
Knutson, who has five points in 12 games so far this season, is the 2nd player from the Tigers organization to sign an NAHL tender this season.
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 2017.