Chippewa Falls, WI – The Chippewa Steel of the NAHL have announced the signing of Gavin Uckele to a tender contract for the 2020-2021 season. Gavin is a defenseman from Blissfield, MI.

Gavin played in 56 games for the Belle Tire U18 team during the 2019-2020 season. The 6’0 155-pound forward recorded 40 points, scoring 6 goals and dishing out 34 assists.

“Gavin is a very good skater and sees the ice extremely well. His ability to skate and make plays allowed him to have a successful season at the offensive end. We look forward to having him join us next season.” stated 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.

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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