- Created: 27 August 2017
The Eugene Generals are proud to announce the signing of defenseman Sebastian Llaneras for the 2017-18 season.
Llaneras is the team’s sixteenth announced signing of the current offseason. He joins forwards William Wallace, Blaine Krona, Nathan Leach, Griffin Minchin, Broc Friesen, Bradley Maddox, Dillon Foster, Alex Clark, Frazier Mohler and Jack Thornton; defensemen Dayne Cole, Jackson Baughman and Dakota Henn; and goaltenders Sean Leonard and Christopher Alexakis.
Sebastian comes to Eugene this year already having long ties with one Generals player as he and Frazier "Butch" Mohler have been longtime friends on and off of the ice.
"I initially heard about the team through Butch," said Llanares. "The team I was on struggled the entire season and lacked any real chemistry across the entire team, and then Butch would come home and talk a lot about the Generals and how Eugene is so great, how the people love you, and how it's just like a family up there. Everyone in Eugene just wants to welcome you and make you have that warm feeling that you belong, and I experienced exactly that in just the three days I was there for Training Camp. That chemistry and togetherness was something that I really missed on my team last year."
"I really liked Llaneras right off of the bat," said Head Coach Justin Kern. "He immediately seemed very kind and respectful, and once I got to see him play hockey it made the rest of the decision pretty easy."
Llaneras (above) skates at the 2017 Eugene Generals Training Camp held August 18-20 at The Rink Exchange in Eugene, Oregon.
While the excitement from Llaneras regarding his new home and the upcoming season is obvious, Coach Kern is just as eager to see what the skilled Arizonan can bring to the Generals defensive corps.
"He's going to be a really good guy on the blue line for us," added Coach Kern. "He's a guy that can really step up in the play while pushing that border of being an offensive-defenseman. He's fast, has a good shot and moves the puck well. I imagine that he'll jump up in the play a lot this season, and I think he's someone that you'll see will really thrive in our development-focused atmosphere that pushes kids to get to their next step on and off of the ice. I'm really looking forward to seeing what he can do in a Generals sweater this season."
"I'm pretty confident this year for both the Generals as well as myself personally," said Llaneras. "I truly believe that this will be my best year so far. I'm really hopeful about the upcoming season, and I think everything is going to mesh just right."