Sioux Falls 18U forward Westbrook signs NAHL tender
March 20, 2018
The Sioux Falls Jr. Stampede of the NAPHL are pleased to announce that 18U forward Brendan Westbrook has signed a North American Hockey League (NAHL) tender agreement with the Philadelphia Rebels of the NAHL’s East Division.
Westbrook, 18, had 33 points (19 goals and 14 assists) in 53 games overall this past season. He also had an outstanding +/- ratio of +36. In NAPHL action, the 6’0/170 lbs. native Pine City, Minnesota had 18 points in 19 NAPHL games played.
“I am honored and very excited about tendering with the Rebels,” stated Westbrook. “I can’t wait to continue my career in the NAHL and better myself as a player with this organization.”
“Brendan brings good size, skating and physical play to our forward group,” stated Rebels Director of Scouting Billy Pugliese. “We look forward to working him.”
“Brendan came to our program looking for the exposure and opportunity to play Jr. A hockey and that is exactly what he got. Brendan weighed 160lbs when he reported in September and was able to put on fifteen pounds of muscle through workouts with Sanford Power during the season, which helped his game tremendously. Brendan has a great motor and his ability to get up and down the ice with pace will make him formidable to play against in the NAHL. Philadelphia has a great program in the NAHL; their coaching staff does a great job of moving players along to NCAA hockey. I am confident Brendan will be well taken care of and very successful,” said Jr. Stampede 18U Head Coach, Dan Houck.
Westbrook is the 4th player from the Sioux Falls 18U team who has signed an NAHL tender so far 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 on June 5, 2018.