Omaha 18U forward Lijewski signs NAHL tender
April 21, 2014
The Omaha AAA Hockey Club, proud members of the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL), are pleased to announce that 18U forward Luke Lijewski has signed an NAHL tender agreement with the Brookings Blizzard of the NAHL. Brookings competes in the NAHL's Central Division.
The 18-year-old hails from New Prague, Minnesota just recently completed his second season with the Omaha AAA organization. Lijewski had an very solid season for the League Champion Omaha AAA 18U Team. In 63 games played overall he had 14 goals and 31 assists for 45 points on the season. He won 2 NAPHL Championships while playing in Omaha, also winning last season with the Omaha AAA 16U Team.
Lijewski becomes the 13th player this season from the Omaha AAA Hockey 18U and 16U teams to sign an NAHL Tender and the 11th player off of the reigning league champion 18U team. Joining : Ryan Cagnoni 18U (Corpus Christi), Mason Krueger 18U (Corpus Christi), Tycho Falk 18U (Coulee Region), Matt Pulver 16U (Fairbanks), David Brumm 16U (MN Magicians) , Tyler Doyle 18U (Topeka Roadrunners) , Nathan Medeiros (Topeka Roadrunners) , Ryan Fretwell (Minot Minotauros) , Miles Manson (Minot Minotauros) , Mark Whitney (Michigan Warriors), Matt Nehls (Fairbanks Ice Dogs) and Justin Ketola (Brookings Blizzard).
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 3, 2014.