Chippewa Falls, WI – The Chippewa Steel of the NAHL have announced the signing of Tyler Ryder to a  tender contract for 2020-2021 season.  Ryder is a Defenseman from Grand Rapids, Michigan.

Ryder currently plays for the North Star Christian Academy U18 team. The 6’3 185-pound blueliner played in 55 games last season, recording 19 total points. So far on the 2019-2020 season he has appeared in 31 games with 13 total points.

“We’re excited about the player and the person we’re adding to your organization. Tyler is a steady, reliable defenseman as well as a great young man with leadership ability,” commented Steel Head Coach Carter Foguth.

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 – plus or minus any trades – which become active on Nov. 1. Tendered players are not eligible for the NAHL draft.

Chippewa returns to Chippewa Area Ice Arena on Friday, November 29th and 30th to take on the Springfield Jr. Blues. Friday night is Markquart Motors Night with a postgame skate and player autograph session. Saturday all fans will receive a winter hat courtesy of Chippewa Falls Kiwanis Club. All kids 12 and under will also receive free admission to the game courtesy of Chippewa Falls Kiwanis Club. For tickets call 715-861-2131 or visit


The Chippewa Steel are members of the NAHL which is the oldest and largest junior hockey league of its kind in the United States and one of only two USA Hockey-certified leagues that operate under the non pay-to-play model.  The NAHL is also one of the best at advancing players to NCAA and professional hockey. Notable Alumni of the NAHL include Ryan Suter (MIN), Patrick Kane (CHI) and Phil Kessel (ARI) All league games are viewable via HockeyTV. For more information, visit