Rocky Mountain 18U forward, All-Star Purcell signs NAHL tender
February 6, 2018
The Rocky Mountain RoughRiders of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) are pleased to announce that 18U forward Zach Purcell has signed an North American Hockey League (NAHL) tender agreement with the Janesville Jets of the NAHL’s Midwest Division.
Purcell, 17, is in his second season playing in the NAPHL and third overall for the RoughRiders organization. The 5’9/150 lbs. native of Aurora, Colorado, led the RoughRiders during the 2017-18 NAPHL regular season in scoring with 27 points (18 goals, 9 assists) in 21 overall games played in NAPHL competition.
He ranked 2nd in the 18U Division in goals and was selected to and played in the 2017-18 NAPHL 18U All-Star Game for the South team.
Last season, Purcell played for the Rocky Mountain 16U team, recording 19 points in 22 games played.
He is the fourth member of the Rocky Mountain 18U team who has signed an NAHL tender this season, joining: Adam Millar (Shreveport), Jack Millar (Minot), and Kevin Ness (Minot).
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 on June 5, 2018.