- Created: 12 May 2017
The Eugene Generals are proud to announce the signing of forward William Wallace.
Wallace is officially the team’s first announced signing of the current offseason as Head Coach Justin Kern aims to build upon last season’s Pacific Division Championship.
Born in 2000, Wallace still has four years of junior hockey eligibility remaining. The Sunburst, Montana native joins the Generals after spending last season with the Glacier Nationals of the NA3HL.
"Competing on the national level in the USPHL Playoffs last season drew a lot of attention from players and teams," said Coach Kern, "and fortunately William was one of those that reached out to us during that time. He came out to camp in April and I was very impressed with the skill and physicality that he displayed."
After attending the Eugene Generals Preseason Evaluation Camp, Wallace was offered a player contract from Head Coach Justin Kern and he didn’t take long to sign on the dotted line.
“I had originally been looking at some U-18 USPHL teams out east," said Wallace, "but I wanted to stay closer to home, and Eugene quickly became an obvious potential option. After talking with some of the returning veterans during camp, they all said [Eugene] is a nice area, the fans are great, and the atmosphere here in general is really, really good.”
What can the fans in Eugene expect from their newest signing? According to Wallace himself, it’s plenty of physical play. “I’ll get in the corners and I’ll grind,” says Wallace. “For how small I am, you don’t expect it, but I’ll grind with the biggest person and won’t stop until I get the puck.”
"William is a really gritty player that will stand up for his teammates," added Kern, "but he also has plenty of skill with some sweet hands to help get the job done on the scoreboard. I think he will be a really great addition to our team and help bring some of that grittiness that we've been lacking in recent years."