Springfield, Illinois – The Springfield Jr. Blues, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), are pleased to announce that we have signed goaltender Nick Bunch to a tender agreement for the 2023-24 season!
Bunch, a native of Michigan, currently plays for Belle Tire 18U AAA and has appeared in 3 games so far this season. He is 2-0-1 with a 1.84 GAA, .919 SV%, and 1 shutout. He played last season for Belle Tire as well when he posted a 5-5-0 record with a stingy 1.68 GAA, .938 SV%, and 1 SO.
“Nick came to our tryout this past summer and really impressed us,” said Head Coach Tyler Rennette. “He has continued to work hard on improving his game and we are looking forward to seeing him at tryouts this summer!”
Bunch is our first tender signing for the 2023-24 season. We want to congratulate Nick for all of the hard work he has put in to this point and we look forward to seeing how he continues to progress moving forward!
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.Tendered players are not eligible for the NAHL draft, which is held each year in the summer.