- Created: 17 May 2017
The Eugene Generals are proud to announce the signing of forward Nathan Leach.
Like Wallace and Krona, Leach attended the Eugene Generals Preseason Evaluation Camp on April 29-30. "He initially got on our radar after his performance at this year’s PNAHA Development Camp,” said Generals Head Coach Justin Kern. “We talked to people up there about him and decided to invite him down to camp, and he absolutely worked his butt off.
"The camp in Eugene was probably the most fun I've had playing hockey in the last couple of years," said an excited Leach. "Really great people, good coaching, and just a fun atmosphere overall."
The Puyallup, Washington native will journey down the I-5 and join the Generals after previously playing for the Tacoma Rockets. Born in 2001, Leach will be making the jump to juniors in his first junior-eligible season and therefore has five years of junior hockey eligibility remaining.
Despite being one of the youngest attendees at the 2017 Eugene Generals Preseason Evaluation Camp, Leach (above) impressed Generals coaches with his composure and physical play.
Coach Kern expects that Leach will bring plenty toughness and physicality to Eugene, a consistent theme in his offseason signings thus far. “Nathan is one of those kids that’s always going to the net or going to the corners,” said Kern. “He has great size for a being a 2001 birth year and a ton of overall potential. He’s going to be a heck of a hockey player for our organization over the next few seasons.”
"I'd like to say that I'm a pretty solid grinder," added Leach. "If the puck is in the corner, I don't care if the guy I'm going up against is 20 or my age. I'm willing to put in the work to get the puck."
When it comes to his aspirations for this season and beyond, Leach hopes to develop his game in Eugene in the hopes of one day playing at the collegiate level. "My hopes for this year are to improve my speed, my shot and my hands. Long term, my end goal is to try and play collegiately in Division I or Division II, so I'll try my hardest over the next couple of years to improve myself here and see where that takes me."