By Mason Lyttle (@MasonLyttle) | February 11, 2020 | 10:56am
JANESVILLE, WI – The Janesville Jets, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), have signed goaltender Owen Millward and defenseman Gunnar Williams to tender contracts, securing their 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.
Millward (6-3/203) has played five games in his first season with the Fox Motors U16 program in Byron Center, Michigan. He has recorded one shutout and carries a .932 save percentage. The native of Davis, California, played with the Anaheim Jr. Ducks last season, and was a ninth round selection of the Medicine Hat Tigers in the 2018 WHL Bantam Draft.
“I’m extremely excited to be joining such a great organization in Janesville,” Millward said. “They have an incredible track record when it comes to developing goalies, and I can’t wait to become a part of that.”
“Owen is a very talented goalie that we’ve had our eyes on all season. He has the ability and upside not only to be an impact goalie in the NAHL but also at the Division I level.” — Jets head coach Corey Leivermann
Williams (5-11/165) has taken a major step forward in his second season with the Team Illinois U16 program. Breaking in last year at 15 years old, he tallied three assists in 20 games, and has more than doubled his offensive production in half the games this season. His seven points (two goals, five assists) in 10 games rank him third in points-per-game among all T1EHL defensemen.
From Elgin, Illinois, the right-handed Williams was selected in the eighth round of last year’s USHL Futures Draft by the Tri-City Storm.
“I am very proud to have been tendered by such a fine organization,” Millward said. “I’m very excited to see what the future has in store.”
“Gunnar is an unbelievable kid that has tons of upside. He is a very talented, skilled defenseman that will help the Jets’ ‘D’ corps next year.” — 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. After a demanding, three-game weekend saw the Jets take two of three against the Kenai River Brown Bears, the team enjoys a bit more rest this weekend with only a single Saturday game against the Chippewa Steel. Tickets are on sale both online and at any Lions Quick Mart location.
All NAHL games are broadcast live on HockeyTV.com.