By Nick Iaciancio
Providence Catholic High School is pleased to announce that senior, Jake Rott, has signed a tender with the Lone Star Brahmas of the North American Hockey League (NAHL). 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.
The forward from Orland Park declined an invitation to join the Bahamas this past summer and returned to the Celtics. Rott stated “I felt that Providence gave me the best opportunity to further my education, and continue to develop my hockey skills. Also the opportunity to play my senior year with my friends and in front of the big crowds of my friends and family was important to me. I realized that you only have one opportunity to enjoy your senior year and I wanted to make the most of it.”
Celtic’s head coach Nick Iaciancio said, “Jake worked extremely hard in the off season to receive this opportunity. He had an excellent season last year by leading the Catholic League in scoring, earning All–State honors, winning the AHAI player of the year and earning the America’s Showcase MVP award. Jake used this momentum in the summer to impress not only the Brahmas but several more junior teams.”
Rott currently leads the Catholic League in scoring with 22 points in 7 games. The Celtics are a proud member of the Chicago Catholic Hockey League. The Chicago Catholic Hockey League is in its 54th year of operation. The league consists of ten Chicagoland Catholic schools offering high school hockey as a school sponsored sport. The CCHL maintains a rich history of talented student athletes that have gone on to play collegiately, internationally and professionally. Notable alumni include former NHL players Chris Chelios (Mount Carmel), Ed Olczyk (Br. Rice), Bates Battaglia (Fenwick), Joe Corvo (Fenwick) and Tim Stapleton (Fenwick). Former NCAA standouts Gary Kruzich (DeLaSalle, 1984 NCAA Champion at Bowling Green; 1984 Finals MVP) and Scott Paluch (St. Rita and Bowling Green; 1988 All American). The CCHL has produced current collegiate coaches: George Roll (Br. Rice and Nazareth College), Joe Augustine (St. Rita and Rhode Island University) Mark Opstipina (Mount Carmel and Milwaukee School of Engineering) and John Micheletto (Mount Carmel and University of Notre Dame).