THUNDER BAY, Ont. – The Thunder Bay major midget Kings netminder Ryan Fanti has signed a North American Hockey League Tender for the 2017-18 season with the Minnesota Wilderness.
The NAHL Tender is an agreement a player signs announcing his intentions to play for that particular league team.
Once signed Fanti’s NAHL playing rights belong to the Wilderness and he may not be recruited by any other NAHL club.
This marks the first-ever NAHL Tender signed by any Kings’ player, which despite the signing, still makes him free to sign on with any other Jr. A league across Canada, if he so desires.
The 17-year-old netminder is coming off a stellar campaign where he was name the top goaltender and most valuable player at this year’s TELUS Cup West Regional in Steinbach, Man.
Fanti also garnered the West Regional’s ESSO Scholarship Award among the four competing teams for his efforts in the classroom.
He was also earlier named to the North American Prospects Hockey League all-Academic team in the under-18 division.
The Kings’ netminder also earned NAPHL Goaltender of the Month honours in January.