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 – plus or minus any trades – which become active on Nov. 1st. Tendered players are not eligible for the NAHL draft.
Andrew Meininger (D) // 1998 // Bloomfield Hills, MI
The Brookings Blizzard (NAHL) are excited to announce the signing of Andrew Meininger (1998, Defense) to a 2018-19 Tender. Meininger, a 6’1″ Defensemen from Bloomfield Hills, MI and has most recently played for the Pembroke Lumber Kings, posting 9 points this past season (2-7-9). “Drew is a big, stay at home D who will protect our goalie and our defensive zone. He’ll be a leader in our locker room to our younger players and set a precedence going forward of who we are” says Head Coach/GM Moe Mantha. Meininger, who lead his former team, is looking forward to coming to Brookings to make an impact, but not just on the ice, but also in the community. “I’m excited to get to Brookings and meet the fans and get involved in the community. Coach Mantha was so passionate about the product he wants to have and I’m glad I get to be apart of it” says Meininger. Although the former Lumber King will be leaving his alma matter, he said he is looking forward to bringing his physical, shut down style of defense to the NAHL.
Cole Hudson (G) // 2000 // Tonawanda, NY
The Brookings Blizzard (NAHL) are excited to announce the signing of Cole Hudson (2000, Goaltender) to a 2018-19 Tender. Hudson is a 6’2” goalie from Tonawanda, NY (located 20 minutes east of Niagara Falls) and is an alumnus from the Buffalo Regals 16U program before moving on to Gilmour Academy where he is currently playing. In his time with Gilmour Academy, Hudson has posted a 1.0 GAA (Goals Against Average) and an impressive save percentage of .962. Hudson is a 2000 birth year, which will give the Blizzard time to work with and develop this young goaltender. “Cole is a big goalie who plays his angles real well and knows how to deflect his shots. He’s got great character, work ethic, and Brookings is the place he wants to play.” Says Dan Garneau, Director of Player Personnel.
Nicklas Andrews (D) // 2001 // Canton, MI
The Brookings Blizzard (NAHL) are excited to announce the signing of Nicklas Andrews (2001, Defense) to a 2018-19 Tender. Andrews, a 5’ 10” Canton, MI native, has spent the past few seasons with the Little Caesars program. This season he is protecting the blue line for the Little Caesars U16 team, where he has 11 points (4-7-11) in just 8 games. This 2001 birth year looks to come into Brookings and make a big impact. “Nicklas has incredible hockey IQ and vision on the ice. He’s got a lot of opportunity in Division 1 hockey and will be a top defensemen down the road.” Says Dan Garneau, Director of Player Personnel.
Sam Antenucci (F) // 2001 // Detroit, MI
The Brookings Blizzard (NAHL) are excited to announce the signing of Sam Antenucci (2001, Forward) to a 2018-19 Tender. Antenucci, a Collorado College Division 1 commit, is a native of Detroit, MI and has had a great year alongside Andrews with the Little Caesars U16 program. As of November 18, Autenucci has posted 10 points (5-5-10) with the team, enough to put him in for top 3 in team scoring. Sam was selected by the Green Bay Gamblers in the 7th round of the USHL Futures Draft in 2017. “Sam is a highly skilled forward. He’ll come in and be a playmaker for this team.” Says Dan Garneau, Director of Player Personnel.
Luke Farthing (D) // 1999 // Bexlery, OH
The Brookings Blizzard (NAHL) are excited to announce the signing of Luke Farthing (1999, Defense) to a 2018-19 Tender. Farthing, a 5′ 10″ Ohio Native, has spent the past few years with the Ohio Blue Jackets U18 and U16 program. Through 24 games this season, Farthing has been able to notch 15 points (3-12-15) on the score sheet which is good enough to lead the team’s defensemen and 5th in the league defensemen. “Luke is a great offensive, quarter back style player who skates well and knows how and when to move the puck. He’s got great hockey IQ and could end up being a great power play guy for us down the road” according to Dan Garneau, Director of Player Personnel.
John Kaljian (F) // 1999 // Northville, MI
The Brookings Blizzard (NAHL) are excited to announce the signing of John Kaljian (1999, Forward) to a 2018-19 Tender. Kaljian, a Northville, MI native, has spent the past few years with the Belle Tire program and most recently for the Belle Tire U18 team. Kaljian currently leads the U18 Bell Tire team with 22 points (14-8-22) in 24 games. “With John, we’re getting a young forward with great character (he is the Captain for his current team). He’s a 2 way forward who plays a 200 ft game and is excellent on both offense and defense. John is the type of player that we are looking for here in Brookings.” says head coach Moe Mantha.
Chase Sakic (F) // 2000 // Englewood, CO
The Brookings Blizzard (NAHL) are excited to announce the signing of Chase Sakic (2000, Forward) to a 2018-19 Tender. Sakic, Son of NHL Hall of Famer Joe Sakic, is a 5′ 10″, 160lb forward from Englewood, CO. Sakic has spent the past few years with the Pursuit of Excellence Program out of British Columbia. As of January 17, Sakic has posted 16 points (12-4-16) in 19 games with the 18U team and the Prep team. “Chase is a highly skilled forward who has an act for scoring. He’s got excellent vision on the ice and he’s a great skater. He will be a great addition to the Blizzard. Chase is listed as a top draft prospect eligible for the 2019 NHL Draft.” – Dan Garneau, Director of Player Personnel.
Kirill Tarasov (F) // 2000 // Belgorod, Russia
The Brookings Blizzard (NAHL) are excited to announce the signing of Kirill Tarasov (2000, Forward) to a 2018-19 Tender. Tarasov, a Belgorod, RUS native, is a 5’11”, 170lb forward who currently plays for the Omaha U18 AAA Team. Thus far this season, Tarasov has played in 61 games, racking up 98 total points (41-57-98). “Kirill is a great all-around player in Omaha. He’s got great vision on the ice and will be a great addition to our Power Play and Penalty Kill. He’s a great student who currently attends Gross Catholic. Kirill is the kind of player that we’re looking for, with a great attitude, work ethic, and outstanding character.” Says Associate Head Coach, Erik Blase. Tarasov is a prospect of the Omaha Lancers of the USHL.
Vinny Prospal (D) // 2000 // Tampla, FL
The Brookings Blizzard (NAHL) are excited to announce the signing of Vinny Prospal (2000, Defenseman) to a 2018-19 Tender. Prospal a native of Tampa, FL and dual citizen of USA and Czech Republic, currently is playing with the Tampa Scorpions of the NAPHL 18U program. “Vinny is a strong, stay at home type Defensemen who likes to play physically. He plays a simple game and is very smart with great awareness on the ice. I know Vinny will take after his father (Vadclav Prospal, former NHL’r and Olympian), with his excellent work ethic and is very coachable. What impresses me most about Vinny is his character and attitude, both on and off the ice. He’s the kind of player we’re looking for.” Says Head Coach/GM Moe Mantha.