Generals Sign Defenseman Dakota Henn
The Eugene Generals are proud to announce the signing of defenseman Dakota Henn.
Henn is the team’s tenth announced signing of the current offseason. He joins forwards William Wallace, Blaine Krona, Nathan Leach, Tyelor Doster, Griffin Minchin, and Broc Friesen; defensemen Dayne Cole and Jackson Baughman; and goaltender Sean Leonard, all of which signed earlier this offseason.
The Colorado Springs, Colorado native joins the Generals after previously playing for Cheyenne Mountain High School. Born in 1998, Henn has two years of junior hockey eligibility remaining.
An attacking-minded defenseman, Henn was a Second Team All-Peak Conference selection this past season after putting up 14 goals and 11 assists for 25 overall points in 19 regular games. He finished his CMHS career having tallied 23 goals and 23 assists for 46 overall points in 51 total games for the Indians.
"Dakota was actually first put on our radar by Kenny Rausch, one of our close friends within USA Hockey," said Generals Head Coach Justin Kern. Rausch, who holds the title of USA Hockey's Director of Youth Hockey, also serves Cheyenne Mountain High School as an assistant coach for the school's ice hockey team.
"Kenny has coached me since I was eight years old, so I've definitely known him for a long time," said Henn. "Kenny told me that he thought Eugene would be a great fit. He believed that the Generals offered the best opportunity for me to improve as a player, get to the next level and have fun in the process."
Dakota Henn (right) skates for Cheyenne Mountain High School at Honnen Arena in Colorado Springs, Colorado (Photo via Isaiah Downing / The Gazette)
Playing for Team Colorado at this year's America's Showcase in Pittsburgh, Henn greatly impressed Coach Kern, who was in attendance at the event scouting potential players for the upcoming season. "He showed that he's a talented defenseman that can move the puck well and has great vision of the ice," said Kern. "I think that he's going to do a great job for us. We'll look to him to be the kind of defenseman that will able to bring the puck up, take a shot from the point and add a lot of offensive depth to our defensive core."