By Mason Lyttle (@MasonLyttle) | January 10, 2020 | 12:41pm
JANESVILLE, WI – The Janesville Jets, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), have signed forward Matt Romer 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.
Romer (5-10/170) is an ’02 forward from Chicago. He is in his third year of development with the Chicago Mission program, and committed to Arizona State University in November 2018 while skating in his first and only season of U16 play. In 11 games with the U18 team this season, Romer has scored seven goals.
Romer made his junior hockey debut in a Jets jersey last month. As an affiliate player, he centered Itagaki and fellow ’02 forward Ryan Bottrill in a hard-fought, narrow loss to the Fairbanks Ice Dogs on Friday December 13.
Romer scored 18 points in 15 games of his U15 season in 2017-18, a historic season for the U15 Mission that Jets fans are beginning to know more and more. Leading that team in scoring was current Jet Max Itagaki, and forward James Barbour, now of the Mount St. Charles Academy in Rhode Island, signed his Jets tender last month. That U15 team would go on to win their division championship.
“I’m excited to sign this tender with such a great organization,” Romer said. “I’m thrilled for what the future holds.”
“Matt is a player we have seen play several times over the past two years. He is a player that will contribute on both ends of the ice for the Jets. Matt is a fantastic skater who will compete every shift and is willing to go to the hard areas for goals.” — 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. Tonight the Jets begin their decade with a home-and-home series versus their in-state rivals, the Chippewa Steel. The teams play in Chippewa Falls tonight, and in Janesville tomorrow in another edition of the Blain’s Battle of Wisconsin.
All NAHL games are broadcast live on HockeyTV.com.