- Created: 01 June 2017
The Eugene Generals are proud to announce the signing of forward Broc Friesen.
The Eugene native is the second local product to sign with the Generals this offseason after having played within the Jr. Generals program for much of his youth. He joins former Jr. Generals teammate and Springfield native Griffin Minchin who signed with the team earlier this week.
Minchin is the team’s ninth announced signing of the current offseason and the fifth forward. He joins forwards William Wallace, Blaine Krona, Nathan Leach, Tyelor Doster, and Griffin Minchin; defensemen Dayne Cole and Jackson Baughman; and goaltender Sean Leonard, all of which signed earlier this offseason.
Last season, Friesen skated with Minchin on the Jr. Generals 16U team, the first time that the organization had fielded a team at the 16U level. With Generals GM Flint Doungchak operating as the team's head coach, Friesen and Minchin served as the team's primary point-getters en route to leading the 16U Jr. Generals to an Oregon High School State Championship.
"Broc is a very skilled player," said Doungchak. "He's very smart and thus relies heavily on his hockey IQ, but he also is a tremendous skater and has a great overall ability at moving the puck."
"He's got great hands and a good shot as well," added Generals Head Coach Justin Kern. "Normally, the first thing people notice about Broc is his size, but they seem to quickly forget about that once he skates right around them and scores."
Friesen (above in navy) skates at the 2017 Eugene Generals Preseason Evaluation Camp at The Rink Exchange in Eugene, Oregon.
Also like Minchin, Friesen served as a practice player for the Eugene Generals during the entirety of the 2016-17 USPHL season, a challenge that ultimately paid dividends for the 16U team. "Being a practice player just raised my overall game," said Friesen. "The Generals were so much faster than the kids I'd usually be playing in Portland or Seattle, so playing at such a fast level ended up showing big results when I'd play with the 16U team."
When it comes to what Friesen is looking forward to the most in the upcoming season, the answer is simple: everything. "I'm excited for it all," said Friesen. "I'm looking forward to meeting new people, seeing what veterans return, and mostly," he says with a laugh, "just finally getting to play!"