Albuquerque, NM – The New Mexico Ice Wolves are pleased to announce that the team has signed 2001-born forward Jack Michels to a tender agreement for the 2020-21 season.
Michels, a 5-foot-8, 160-pound Wisconsin native, spent the majority of the 2019-20 season with the Thief River Falls Norskies in the Superior International Junior Hockey League (SIJHL). Michels adapted quickly in his first junior season and ended his rookie campaign with 57 points (30g, 27a) in 43 games. After an impressive showing during the regular season and leading his team in goals, Michels earned a spot on the SIJHL First All-Star Team.
Ice Wolves head coach Phil Fox believes Michels has the potential to fit well in the Ice Wolves organization. “Jack’s numbers last year were no fluke.” Fox said. “He has a great shot and possesses a natural goal scoring ability. He puts himself in great areas to get shots and he will go to the hard areas as well to get rewarded. He is dynamic all over the ice and will help add some offensive firepower to our team.”
Michels is the latest Ice Wolves tender for the 2020-21 season joining forwards Jack Cohen, Fabian Westling Alm, Philip Pallin, Liam Guerin, Nikolai Dulak, Tylor Greene, Micah Maldonado, defenseman Jimmy Jurcev, and goaltender Beni Halasz.
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 became active on Nov. 1. Tendered players are not eligible for the NAHL draft, which will be held on July 21, 2020.