Pittsburgh, PA – Robert Tritschler, a graduate of Greensburg Central Catholic High School, has signed a tender sheet with the Junior A Jamestown Ironmen (Jamestown, NY) of the North American Hockey League (NAHL) for the 2012-2013 season.
A member of the 2011-2012 Pittsburgh Viper Stars 18U AAA Tier I hockey club, Tritschler a 5’11”, 185 lbs., forward, has scored 35 points (21 goals and 14 assists) in 42 games played, helping the 18U AAA Viper Stars to a record of 26-14-2-1.
Currently the fifth leading scorer in the PHL league play with 18 points (10 goals and 8 assists), in 13 league games, Tritschler a Lower Burrell, PA, resident, has helped lead the 18U Viper Stars into first place in the 17-team North American Prospects Hockey League (PHL), with an 11-1-0-1 record with 13 games of the 22 game regular season completed.
Tritschler will have an opportunity to skate next season for Jamestown head coach Dan Daikawa. The Ironmen, in their first year in Jamestown after relocating from Detroit, are currently in fifth place in the NAHL’s North Division.
Tritschler joins Viper Stars teammates Heinz Koster, Aberdeen Wings, and Jake Pilewicz, Minot Minotauros, in signing tenders for the NAHL for the 2012-2013 season.
Tritschler returned to the 18U Viper Stars for the 2011-2012 season to try and earn a second shot into the NAHL. Last season, Tritschler was tendered by Janesville Jets, but did not make their squad coming out of final camp.
Now in his third season with the 18U Viper Stars, Tritschler collected 69 points (35 goals and 34 assists) in 75 games during the 2010-2011 season, and 82 points (42 goals and 40 assists) in 71 games during the 2009-2010 season.
By signing a tender to an NAHL club, a contract of sorts, a player is 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 eight (8) tenders - plus or minus any trades - which become active on Nov. 1. Tendered players are not eligible for the NAHL draft. All tendered and drafted players are eligible to try out for any team in any league other than the NAHL in the U.S. and Canada.
The Pittsburgh Viper Stars are a proud member of the North American Prospect Hockey League (PHL) and USA Hockey and have offered western Pennsylvania and the tri-state area’s top ice hockey players an opportunity to showcase their skills for junior, collegiate and other opportunities on a national and international level over the past 28 years. For additional information on the Pittsburgh Viper Stars program, please visit (www.pittsburghvipers.com).
The 28-member North American Hockey League is the only USA Hockey sanctioned Tier II Junior A league. The NAHL prides itself on the social maturity and skill development of student-athletes with aspirations of advancing to collegiate and/or professional hockey.
Now in its third season, the North American Prospects Hockey League is made up of 42 Midget Major (17), Midget Minor (18) and Bantam Major (7) teams from 20 programs that compete at the Tier I AAA level.
The PHL, which is sanctioned by USA Hockey, utilizes the USA Hockey Officiating Development Program and is designed to maximize the exposure of all the Midget and Bantam participants through the NAHL's high-profile recruiting events, which attract hundreds of college, junior and professional scouts. Orchestrated by the NAHL's experienced and professional staff that makes player promotion a priority, the NAPHL provides an organized and competitive experience with an unrivaled scouting presence guaranteed to benefit all of the participating student-athletes and programs. For additional information on the PHL, please visit (www.naphl.com).