- Created: 25 August 2017
The Eugene Generals are proud to announce the return of forward Frazier “Butch” Mohler for the 2017-18 season.
Mohler is the team’s fourteenth announced signing of the current offseason. He joins forwards William Wallace, Blaine Krona, Nathan Leach, Griffin Minchin, Broc Friesen, Bradley Maddox, Dillon Foster and Alex Clark; defensemen Dayne Cole, Jackson Baughman and Dakota Henn; and goaltenders Sean Leonard and Christopher Alexakis.
Last season, his first with the Generals, Mohler tallied 14 goals and 11 assists for 25 overall points in 36 regular season games.
Mohler’s Generals career started with a bang as the Phoenix native began the year as a defenseman and promptly netted four goals in the season's first three games. However, a midseason funk led Head Coach Justin Kern to shuffle his lineup and move Mohler to forward, a decision that almost immediately paid dividends.
Mohler went on to score in all three of the team’s wins at the USPHL Midwest Showcase before netting his first career hat trick three weeks later against the West Sound Warriors. The rookie scored in eight of the team’s final seventeen games of the regular season to help the Generals cruise to the USP3 Pacific Division title.
“When he first arrived in Eugene, Butch was kind of a fish out of water, so the initial move took a some adjusting,” said Head Coach Justin Kern. “That aside, it was easy to see the potential he has with such an amazing combination of size (6-2, 180lbs) and skill. We’re all really proud of how he grew during last season, not just on the ice but also in terms of his dedication to his schoolwork. Our staff is very excited to have him back in Eugene.”
Mohler (above) returns to Eugene aiming to build off of a promising rookie season.
Like the returners before him, Mohler was quick to point to the family atmosphere cultivated by the Generals franchise as one of his primary reasons for coming back to Eugene. “It was like a brotherhood,” said Mohler. “We all came together really well. Everyone treated me like I had played here for multiple years; they treated me like I was one of their own. It was a very different change from Arizona.”
“Kern treated me very well. He kept me in the game with school and got on me when it came to making sure I got all of my work done, and I really respect that a lot.”
Now, fresh off of an impressive performance at Training Camp, Coach Kern has high expectations for the big Arizonan.
“I’m expecting a big year out of him," said Kern. "I think he’s going to be one of those guys that you’ll see on the scoresheet a whole lot.”