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Parker native, Thunderbirds alum Kier takes next step, signs NAHL tender with Bismarck


CJ Kier is enjoying his second season with the Northstar Christian Academy in Alexandria, Minn., and with staggering numbers in goal so far, the NAHL quickly came calling.

Recently, the Parker native signed an NAHL tender agreement with the Bismarck Bobcats of the NAHL’s Central Division.

Kier is in his second year with the Knights and first year on the 18U team. In 10 games this season, he is 10-0-0 to go along with a 1.00 GAA and a .942 save percentage.

In NAPHL action, he is a perfect 6-0 with a 0.67 GAA and a .957 save percentage.

“I am super excited to sign a tender with such a historic club in the NAHL,” said Kier. “They have excellent hands-on goalie coaching every day and I cannot wait to work with them. Although this is special and such an honor, I will continue to work every day to be the best goalie and teammate I can be here at Northstar, which will help me be prepared for next season.”

Kier posted a 7-0 record last season in NAPHL play with the Knights’ 16U team.

Overall, in 14 career NAPHL regular-season games, Kier has a 13-1-0 record with a 1.29 GAA and a .935 save percentage.

“It’s great to see some individuals recognized,” said Northstar 18U head coach Rylan Galiardi. “I think it’s a testament to our team that these individuals can stand out because of our team and Northstar is gaining a reputation as guys that are prepared and well coached. We’re just gaining a reputation because of our three pillars in the spiritual, academic and athletic area so coaches know now that they are getting warriors that come out of Northstar.”

During his youth hockey days, Kier played for the Colorado Thunderbirds.

Photo/Dan Hickling/Hickling Images

(December 9, 2021)

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