Two Omaha 18U forwards sign NAHL tenders
November 13, 2013
On the heels of their recent 3-1 performance at the North American Prospects Hockey League (NAPHL) 18U Showcase in Romeoville, Illinois, the Omaha AAA Hockey Club 18U team, proud members of the NAPHL, is pleased to announce that two forwards, Ryan Cagnoni and Mason Kreuger, have signed tenders with the NAHL’s Corpus Christi IceRays.
The IceRays are members of the NAHL's South Division and currently have two former NAPHL players on their current 23-man roster.
Kreuger who hails from Bettendorf, Iowa is in his first season with the Omaha AAA organization and is the Omaha 18U Team Captain. To date this season, the 17-year-old forward has amassed 10 goals and 16 assists for 26 points to go along with 22 PIM in 26 games with the Omaha AAA 18U Team. Krueger becomes the first player from the Omaha AAA Hockey Club Team to sign an NAHL Tender this season. In nine NAPHL games, Kreuger (5’10/170) has totaled seven points.
Cagnoni who is from Arvada, Colorado is in his second season with the Omaha AAA organization. To date this season, the 18-year-old forward has amassed 18 goals and 24 assists for 42 points to go along with 74 PIM in 26 games. He has played in nine NAPHL games to date and has registered nine points. Last season, Cagnoni appeared in 22 NAPHL games last season and registered 12 points. He also played in the 2013 NAPHL Top Prospects Tournament in Frisco, Texas for Team Central where he scored three points in four games played. Cagnoni becomes the 2nd player from the Omaha AAA Hockey Club to sign an NAHL Tender this season.
The Omaha 18U team is off to a great start this season with a 7-2-0 record through the first nine games of the season. Their .778 winning percentage is tied for 2nd best in the NAPHL 18U Division.
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.