By Mason Lyttle (@MasonLyttle) | Jan 17, 2018 | 12:15pm
JANESVILLE, WI – The Janesville Jets, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), have signed forward Peyton Hart 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.
Hart (6-0/170) is a 2001-born left-handed forward from Pewaukee, Wisconsin. He developed with the Milwaukee Jr. Admirals program and played one season of high school hockey with KMMO (Kettle Moraine Mukwonago Oconomowoc).
Hart also skated four games with the Jr. Jets’ 16U team at the fall 2017 NAPHL Showcase in Blaine, Minnesota, where he scored a goal and added two assists.
With the NA3HL Rochester Grizzlies this season, Hart is nearly a point-per-game player, posting 9 goals and 20 assists for 29 points in 32 games, good for third on the Grizzlies in scoring. Hart has helped the Grizzlies to a 24-9-0-0 mark through 33 games. Rochester is currently ranked 10th in the 33-team league in points percentage.
“It’s awesome,” Hart said. “It’s an awesome feeling. It’s a ton of work over the past few years that my coaches and teammates have put in, and faith in me that has helped me get to this point.”
“I know Janesville is a place [Peyton] expressed to us that he has wanted to play for since it’s close to home. We’re happy that it was determined to be a good fit. The work starts now for him to continue to improve to hopefully make that team next year. We’re really happy for him.” — Casey Mignone, Grizzlies Head Coach & General Manager
“We are extremely excited to have Peyton sign a tender with us for next season. Mr. Hart played for the Janesville Junior Jets a few years back, and his development has come a long way this season in the NA3HL with Rochester.” — 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. After taking a point from a pair of games in Richfield, the Jets again face the Magicians this weekend, but this time at home. Tickets are available online or at any Lions Quick Mart location in Janesville. All NAHL regular season and postseason games are broadcast live on HockeyTV.com.