The St Louis Jr. Blues, proud members of the NA3HL, are pleased to announce that forward Sam Maddox (Sappington, MO) has signed an North American Hockey League tender with the Fairbanks Ice Dogs.
The 5’11”, 170lb forward has played the last three seasons for the Jr. Blues after playing youth hockey for the Affton Americans, serving as club captain this year. This season has seen him emerge as a top-line talent, scoring at more than a point-per-game clip (19G, 31A, 50P in 46 games) as he led the Jr. Blues to the Midwest Division title and a berth in the Silver Cup Playoffs.
St Louis head coach Chris Flaugher commented on the move, “We are very excited for Sam and his tender agreement with Fairbanks. Sam joined our club 3 years ago as a sophomore in high school. To be able to see him grow and develop as a player during his time here and earn an opportunity to play for such a historic NAHL program in Fairbanks is incredible. Fairbanks is getting a dedicated player that works very hard and all around great person.”
Maddox is the second St Louis player to sign an NAHL tender this year, joining defenseman Joe Nolan (Springfield Jr. Blues): in addition, three other Jr. Blues players received mid-season call-ups to NAHL clubs, and a fourth served as an emergency goaltender. Maddox also becomes the 14th NAHL tender from an NA3HL club this season.