CarShield AAA 18U defenseman Cleveland signs NAHL tender
January 8, 2019
The CarShield AAA organization, proud members of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) is pleased to announce that 18U defenseman Austin Cleveland has signed a North American Hockey League (NAHL) tender agreement with the Topeka Pilots of the NAHL’s South Division.
Cleveland, 18, is in his third season playing in the NAPHL for the CarShield AAA organization. So far this season, the 6’0/180 lbs. native of Kirkwood, Missouri, has recorded eight points (3 goals, 5 assists) in 12 games played.
Cleveland has also suited up for the Pilots in the NAHL twice this season and recorded two assists in those two games.
Overall in 43 career NAPHL games spanning three seasons, Cleveland has recorded 20 points for CarShield.
He is the first player from the CarShield AAA organization this season to sign an NAHL tender.
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 4, 2019.