By Mason Lyttle (@MasonLyttle) | April 18, 2019 | 4:36pm
JANESVILLE, WI – The Janesville Jets, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), have signed defenseman Casey Roepke to a tender contract, securing his NAHL rights for the 2019-20 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.
Roepke (5-11/150) is a ’02 forward from Erin, Wisconsin, a town about 45 minutes northwest of Milwaukee. The defenseman, who turns 17 in two weeks, just finished his junior year at the University School of Milwaukee, where he logged 31 points (8-23) in 24 games.
After his high school schedule was over, Roepke took to the junior hockey ice for the first time, playing eight of the final 10 games of the USHL Green Bay Gamblers’ season.
Roepke committed to the University of Wisconsin in May of 2017 following a tremendous first year of high school hockey. That season, the Wisconsin Hockey Coaches Association placed Roepke on the all-state team. He was the only freshman with those honors.
“I’m excited for this opportunity with such a great organization in Janesville,” Roepke said. “I’m looking forward to whatever the future holds.”
“We are excited to have Casey Roepke sign a tender with us for next year. Casey had an outstanding junior year with the University School of Milwaukee, and his skill and hard work are best exemplified with his Division I commitment to the University of Wisconsin.” — Corey Leivermann, Jets Head Coach
Becoming a great development program for NCAA hockey means building for the future while focusing on the season at hand. The Jets’ playoff lives are on the line this weekend as their series with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs shifts to Janesville. A must-win Game 3 on Friday night will feature a special charity tailgate promotion as the Jets and Toyota raise money for multiple sclerosis research through Curt’s Conquest for a Cure. Tickets are available online, at the door, and at any Lions Quick Mart location. All NAHL regular season and postseason games are broadcast live on HockeyTV.com.