Gentry 16U forward Kurth signs NAHL tender
February 26, 2020
The Gentry Galaxy of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) are pleased to announce that 16U forward and NAPHL All-Star Connor Kurth has signed a North American Hockey League (NAHL) tender agreement with the Minot Minotauros of the NAHL’s Central Division.
Kurth, 16, lead the NAPHL in scoring during the 2019-20 season with 72 points in 21 games played on 32 goals and 40 assists while playing for the Gentry Galaxy, who won the NAPHL’s 16U Dixon Cup this past season.
During Gentry’s run to the title, Kurth led the NAPHL in playoff scoring as well, recording 23 points in just five playoff games. He was also selected to and played in the NAPHL 2019-20 16U All-Star Game back in December.
Following the event in December, Kurth announced his commitment to play NCAA Division 1 hockey for the University of Minnesota in B1G.
Last season, Kurth played in the NAPHL for the Gentry’s 15U team, where he posted 29 points in 13 NAPHL games.
“Chris Lonke from the Minotauros reached out to me and we created a great relationship and the Tauros seemed like the right fit for me,” said Kurth. “I like to think of myself as a play making forward that will work in the dirty areas. I try to emulate Matthew Tkachuk. I would like to win a championship with the Tauros.”
“Connor plays a strong power forward type game for how young he is. That’s probably why he is highly ranked Gopher recruit,” said Lonke. “His ceiling is very high and we hope we can be a bridge if needed from U16 into Junior Hockey and the University of Minnesota. Connor is very committed to being the best hockey player he can be.”
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 2, 2020.