Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that defenseman Brian Craven has signed a tender for the 2020-21 season.
Craven, a native of Pembroke, MA, currently plays for the South Shore Kings in the United States Premier Hockey League (USPHL) 18U division. The 6’4” 190 lbs. left handed shot has appeared in 18 games for the Kings this season and has 4 goals and 2 assists with 52 PIMs. Of those 4 goals, two have come on the power play, one shorthanded, and one was a game-winning goal.
“We are excited to have Brian on board for next season,” said Head Coach Tyler Rennette. “He is a hard working player with size and skill. We wish him the best of luck for the rest of the season, and look forward to seeing him at camp this summer.”
Craven is the second player to sign a tender with the Jr. Blues for the 2020-21 season. Forward Daniel Rozsival, currently playing for the Chicago Mission U18, signed back in early November. In 14 games for the Mission, Rozsival has 7 goals and 5 assists.
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. 1. Tendered players are not eligible for the NAHL draft.