RoadRunners forward Ivanov signs NAHL tender
The Texas RoadRunners are pleased to announce that forward Matvey Ivanov has signed an NAHL tender agreement Odessa Jackalopes of the South Division for the 2023-24 season.
Ivanov, 19, is a 6’0/170 lbs. forward from San Ramon, CA. He came to the RoadRunners this season from the Tri-Valley Bulls of the NAPHL. In 25 games so far with the Runners Ivanov has 20 goals and 18 assists for 38 points and is a +19.
“Ivy is a very skilled player that has been working very hard on his 200-foot game this season. He is an intricate part of our special teams systems both on the power play and penalty kill. I had been speaking with members of the Odessa scouting staff that were in attendance of the NA3HL Showcase about Matvey and they made the decision along with the Jackalopes Head Coach to take him off the table as several NAHL teams were gaining interest and offering to affiliate him at the event,” said RoadRunners Head Coach Mike Beavis
Ivanov has been touted as a very crafty player with great balance that can change a game. He has a high hockey IQ and sees the ice very well. Perfecting his 200 foot game will be one of the last pieces to his ongoing success and should carry him onto higher levels of play.
“We are very excited that Matvey has tendered with the Jackalopes for next season and are looking for big things to happen for him and his new club on the next step of his journey. But in the meantime he and his teammates have a lot more work to do in the NA3HL in their quest for a long playoff run,” added Beavis.
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 NA3HL - plus or minus any trades - which became active on November 1st. Tendered players are not eligible for the 20223 NAHL Draft.