As the Eugene Generals prepare to enter their twelfth season of play, it will be the team's first season participating in the USPHL, the United States Premier Hockey League. Get to know more about the Generals' new league, future opponents, and what to expect as the franchise prepares to compete in the nation's preeminent Tier III Junior Hockey league.
"North to the Future"
The state motto of Alaska is meant to symbolize hope, representing a belief that our nation's 49th state and its geopgraphical position embody a bright and hopeful future. After the success that many Alaskan natives found in the Emerald Valley this season, it appears that the future is certainly bright just south of The Last Frontier.
Former Generals Christofer Videto (2010-12) and Mario Retana (2009-11) faced off this past weekend at the ACHA Division II Western Regional Tournament, with Videto skating for the Utah State Aggies while Retana played between the pipes for the San Jose State Spartans.
In the ten previous years of the Eugene Generals, there are usually multiple 20 year-old players on a roster playing in their last year of junior hockey. This year, however, there is only one 20 year-old whose time with the Generals is winding down.