Willmar forward Buckingham signs NAHL tender
The Willmar WarHawks of the NA3HL are pleased to announce that forward Braydon Buckingham has signed an NAHL tender agreement with the Amarillo Wranglers of the NAHL’s South Division.
Buckingham, 20, just completed his 1st season playing in the NA3HL. Native to Prior Lake, Minnesota, the 6’5 185 lbs. made 47 regular season appearances, recording 32 points (15 goals, 17 assists) in those games.
Buckingham tallied three game winning goals over the course of the year, including an overtime winner against the New Ulm Steel on December 3rd. He has appeared in 6 regular season games for the Wranglers this season, his debut coming on the 16th of March against the Oklahoma Warriors.
Buckingham also appeared in two 2023 Fraser Cup Playoff games for the WarHawks where he recorded one goal. He was also selected to and participated in the 2023 NA3HL Top Prospects Tournament, representing the West Division. He tallied a goal in two games there, at the UPMC Lemieux Complex.
Prior to playing junior hockey, Buckingham played one year for Prior Lake High School and also was a part of the MyEdgeHockey program.
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 2023 NAHL Draft.