By Mason Lyttle (@MasonLyttle) | February 25, 2019 | 5:17pm
JANESVILLE, WI – The Janesville Jets, proud members of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), have signed goaltender Grant Riley 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.
Riley (6-3/185) is a 2002-born goaltender from Rochester, New York. He plays midget hockey with the Rochester Coalition 16U, and got a game in with the USHL’s Madison Capitols last Saturday when he faced 48 shots, stopping 44. The Capitols spent a fifth-round pick on Riley in last May’s USHL Phase I Draft.
Last year, his only season of high school hockey, Riley appeared in five games for Aquinas Institute of Rochester as a freshman.
Riley also skated at the USA National Team Development Program Evaluation Camp last March.
“I’m honored and excited to sign a tender with the Janesville Jets,” said Riley. “I’m thrilled to be able to work with an excellent coaching staff and look forward to being a part of this great organization.”
“The Janesville Jets coaching staff is excited to have Grant sign a tender with us for 2019-20. Grant has a tremendous ceiling for a goalie with his height, athleticism, and drive. We are looking forward to having Grant join the long list of successful goaltenders that have been developed under Coach [Larry] Clemens.” — 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 are in the thick of a wild final stretch for the entire Midwest Division, and host the Chippewa Steel this weekend to close a three-week home stand. 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.