WICHITA FALLS, TX — The Warriors are pleased to announce that the team has signed 2001-born forward Sander Willard to a tender contract for the 2020-21 season.
Willard, a 5-foot-11, 198-pound Colorado native, has spent the past two seasons with the Colorado Rampage organization of the T1EHL. Last year, he put up seven goals and 14 assists in 24 games played.
“Sander is a big power forward who can protect pucks in the offensive zone extremely well. His ability to create time and space for himself makes him difficult to play against,” Head Coach Garrett Roth said. “We are really excited to add Sander to our group and we feel he has the ability to impact the game in many different ways.”
For his part, Willard is looking forward to playing in Wichita Falls. “I felt it was an amazing opportunity to play for such a high-level and respected coaching staff,” he said.
Willard is the seventh forward and the twelfth overall player tendered by the Warriors as they continue to work towards building their roster. He joins fellow tendered forwards Luke Panchisin, Nick Urtis, Chase Davis, Sam Myers, Alex Walker, Jackson Wozniak, defensemen Lane Ruffner, Max Techel, Jack Blanchett, and goalies Sean Guerin and Owen Bartoszkiewicz in a strong recruiting class for the upcoming 2020-21 season, the Warriors’ first in the league.
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*A tender is a contract, of sorts, a player signs announcing his intentions to play for that particular NAHL team and that NAHL team only. Once a player signs a tender with an NAHL team, his playing rights belong to that team within the NAHL and he may not be recruited by any other NAHL team. Each team is granted ten (10) tenders, which include two (2) tenders exclusively used on players from the NAPHL – plus or minus any trades – which became active on Nov. 1. Tendered players are not eligible for the NAHL draft, which will be held on July 21, 2020. *