Bobcats’ 18U defenseman Baker inks NAHL tender with Minot
The Arizona Bobcats have announced that 18U AAA defenseman Ben Baker has signed a North American Hockey League (NAHL) tender agreement with the Minot Minotauros of the NAHL’s Central 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 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 in June of 2016.
Baker appeared in 12 NAPHL games this season with the Bobcats, recording three points.
The native of Rancho Santa Margarita, Calif., is no stranger to the NAHL. Baker began this season with the Minnesota Magicians in the NAHL, where he appeared in 16 games at the beginning of the season, recording one assist.
During the 2014-15 season, Baker played in the NAHL for the Wenatchee Wild, appearing in 26 NAHL games during the regular season and five more during the playoffs.
Prior to playing in the NAHL and NAPHL, Baker played for the Los Angeles Jr. Kings’ 16U AAA team.