FAIRPORT, NY — The Jr. Americans are proud to tender 6’5″ defenseman Cody Melanson.
Melanson actually has limited NAHL experience. According to his Elite Prospects profile, he played four games for the Maryland Black Bears, a team close to where he is from.
The Washington, D.C. native spent most of this season with the Wilkes-Barre Scranton Knights of the United States Premier Hockey League. Melanson has bounced around throughout his young hockey career. In addition to playing for the Knights, he has also played a handful of games in the NCDC with the Boston Jr. Bruins and the Connecticut Jr. Rangers over the past two seasons.
Melanson has a rich hockey family. Cody’s father, Dean Melanson, played a lengthy pro career. After being drafted in the fourth round by the Buffalo Sabres, Dean ended up playing six season with the Rochester Americans of the AHL. He appeared in nine career NHL games with the Buffalo Sabres and Washington Capitals. Cody’s uncles, Rob and Stan have also played games in the AHL.
Cody is a 2003 birth year making him one of the older players of this year’s tender class.
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. Tendered players are not eligible for the NAHL draft.
The Jr. Amerks are very excited to welcome Cody and wish him congratulations!
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