JANESVILLE, WI – The Janesville Jets, proud members
of the North American Hockey League (NAHL), have signed defenseman Chase
Blackmun to a tender contract, securing his services for the 2017-18 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.
(6-0/185) is a ’99 defenseman currently playing for Hudson High School in
he’s one of the most talented defensemen to come out of Wisconsin in the last
five years,” said Jets assistant coach Kyle Forte. “His hockey IQ and the way
he reads the game is absolutely phenomenal. He’s a great character kid.”
plays a “before-after” split season with Team Wisconsin.
“We like to
have strong roots with the state of Wisconsin,” said Jets assistant coach Kyle
Forte. “Chase is another product of the good development you see from the
state, from the program of Team Wisconsin, and from Hudson.”
games in TW’s first half, Blackmun registered three goals and seven assists for
we played in the elite league, which was very high paced,” said Blackmun. “We
played Shattuck [St. Mary’s] and the six different Minnesota teams, so that
really helped me get used to a fast-paced game. TW has definitely helped me get
used to a higher pace with lots of skill around me.”
Blackmun was invited to Janesville to play a game as an affiliate player in a
Wednesday showdown against Austin. He finished the game with two shots on goal
and as a +1. Blackmun said that visit, and head coach Joe Dibble’s team
culture, cemented his decision.
talking to Mr. Dibble, I knew he was the next coach I wanted to play for,” he
said. “He was very welcoming and very understanding about me wanting to play
for my high school this year. All the guys on the team told me they love it
there and that this is the best place to play in the North American Hockey
League. After playing a game and after seeing everything about the program, I
definitely knew Janesville was the spot for me.”
watching his game, Forte, who leads the team’s defensemen, agrees on the good
very well for us in that affiliate game,” Forte said. “He made good, quick
decisions, was dynamic offensively, and responsible defensively. He’s a great
self-identified puck-moving defenseman, will graduate in the spring, and has
his sights set on a state championship before coming to Janesville.
really wanted to stay in my community and represent Hudson,” Blackmun said of
the opportunity to play elsewhere. “I love it here. Last year we came close to
a championship when we lost in the final, and it’s been our goal to make it
back there and make sure we win it this year. It’s been fun playing for my
school and my city.”
the second tender the Jets have used this season, after securing the services
of forward Nick Bink earlier in the week.
loved him right away,” Forte said. “He fit right into our culture and fit right
into the room. When he left, the guys were giving him hugs and saying ‘we’ll
see you soon.’”
weekend trip to Springfield, the Jets return to the Janesville Ice Arena next
Friday, December 9 at 7:00 p.m. for a series versus the Minnesota Magicians.
Ticket packages and group rates are still available by contacting the Jets
ticket office at (608) 752-JETS. Stay connected to the Jets through Facebook
(/janesvillehockey) and Twitter (@JanesvilleJets1).
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