Omaha 16U forward Baker signs NAHL tender
The Omaha AAA Hockey Club, proud members of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL), are pleased to announce that forward Tarek Baker, 16, has signed an NAHL tender with the Janesville Jets. The Jets compete in the NAHL’s North Division.
The native of Verona, Wisconsin, played in 18 NAPHL regular season games this past season, totalling 22 points. He also had six points in four NAPHL playoff games as the Omaha 16U team went onto win the NAPHL 16U Championship.
Last week, Baker (5’10/185) was selected in the 7th Round and 134th overall to the Saginaw Spirit in the OHL Priority Selection Draft. In 67 Games total this year, Baker amassed 34 goals and 61 assists for 95 points. He was also recently selected to attend the USNTDP final evaluation camp in Ann Arbor, Michigan.
Baker becomes the 6th player from the Omaha AAA 16U Team to sign an NAHL Tender. He joins Patrick Grasso (Austin Bruins), Rhodes Dolan (Austin Bruins), Lawton Courtnall (Texas Tornado), Camden VanBrocklin (Janesville Jets) and Kyle Patava (Janesville Jets).
The Omaha 16U AAA hockey club finished the 2012-13 NAPHL regular season with a 21-1-0 record, which was the best regular season record recorded in the four-year history of the NAPHL.
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 become active on Nov. 1. Tendered players are not eligible for the NAHL draft, which will be held on June 4, 2013.