By Mason Lyttle (@MasonLyttle) | April 2, 2019 | 1:45pm
JANESVILLE, WI – The Janesville Jets, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), have signed forward Nick Michel and defenseman Sean Sullivan to tender contracts, securing their 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.
Michel (5-10/176) is a ’99 forward from Waconia, Minnesota, a southwestern suburb of the Twin Cities. He played high school hockey at Holy Family Catholic, where he scored 12 goals and added 16 assists in his senior season. He also played 24 games with the Minnesota Blades 18U midget program.
Michel made his junior hockey debut last season with the Minnesota Wilderness, scoring 23 points in a 52-game rookie season under head coach Tim Madsen. He assisted on the game-tying goal in a 2-1 Wilderness shootout win over Janesville on February 9, 2018.
An injury kept Michel from the ice this season, but he’s ready to get back into a NAHL dressing room for his age-out season.
“I’m excited to be a part of the prestigious organization the Jets have built,” said Michel.
“The Jets’ coaching staff is excited for Nick to join us next season. Nick’s work ethic and leadership qualities will be a great addition to the Jets’ forward group.” — Corey Leivermann, Jets Head Coach
Sullivan (5-9/154) is an ’01 defenseman from Middleton, Wisconsin. The soon-to-be 18-year old has played three seasons of Madison Capitols NAPHL hockey. This season, his first in 18U, he assisted on five goals in 16 games. He was a 16th round selection of the USHL’s Madison Capitols in last May’s USHL Phase II Draft.
Sullivan also played 44 games with the NA3HL’s Chicago Bulldogs in the 2016-17 season.
“I am very excited to be a part of the Janesville Jets organization,” he said.
“Sean had a tremendous NAPHL year for the Madison Capitols. We are excited to add Sean to our “D” corps for next season.” — 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 closed out their regular season home schedule with a dramatic 7-4 win over the Minnesota Magicians last Friday, gaining confidence at a crucial time of the year. They’ll look to build on that this weekend in Springfield when the Jets close the season series with the Jr. Blues. The Jets will open the Midwest Division Semifinals on the road in Fairbanks, Alaska, as the fourth seed in another postseason series versus the Ice Dogs. All NAHL regular season and postseason games are broadcast live on HockeyTV.com.