By Mason Lyttle (@MasonLyttle) | December 10, 2019 | 1:11pm
JANESVILLE, WI – The Janesville Jets, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), have signed forward James Barbour to a tender contract, securing his NAHL rights for the 2020-21 season.
A tender is a contract a team offers a prospect to reserve his rights for the upcoming NAHL season. When a player signs a tender, his rights belong to that team within the NAHL, and he may not be recruited or drafted by any other member club. Each team is granted 10 tenders, which became active on November 1, and which they can either use on a prospect or trade to another NAHL club.
Barbour (5-11/165) is an ’02 forward from Lake Forest, Illinois. This year he is playing for Mount St. Charles Academy in Woonsocket, Rhode Island. The Mounties’ hockey program boasts 32 state championships, and has seen 20 alumni reach the National Hockey League, including 1st overall draft picks Brian Lawton (1983) and Bryan Berard (1995).
Last year, playing for the U16 Chicago Young Americans, Barbour finished tied for first in both goals (12) and points (23) across the six-team U16 division. In 2017-18, Barbour played for the U15 Chicago Mission alongside current Jet Max Itagaki. They would go on to win their division championship that season.
“I’m excited and honored to be able to sign a tender with such a great organization,” Barbour said.
“James is a player I have seen play several times throughout the past two seasons. He will be a big asset for the Jets next season with his ability to skate, make great plays, and compete each shift.” — Jets head coach Corey Leivermann
Becoming a great development program for NCAA hockey means building for the future while focusing on the season at hand. The Jets have returned to the comforts of home after finishing their second of two regular season trips to Alaska. A three-game home series with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs opens this Thursday, and a pair of games against the Kenai River Brown Bears will close out the team’s calendar year.
All NAHL games are broadcast live on HockeyTV.com.