- Created: 13 August 2018
The Eugene Generals are proud to announce the signing of forward Broc Friesen for the 2018-19 season.
A native of Eugene, Friesen is a former member of the Eugene Jr. Generals youth hockey program and will be entering his second season playing at the junior level. Friesen tallied three goals and an assist in thirty-four games played last season.
Previously, Friesen helped guide the Jr. Gens 16U team to a Oregon State High School Championship in 2017 under Head Coach Flint Doungchak, the General Manager of the Generals. He is the second former Jr. General to have their signing announced so far this offseason (Calvin Hennon), and being a homegrown product is a point of pride for Friesen and his fellow Jr. Gen alums.
"I grew up playing here, I've always been with the Generals program, and now I'm actually playing with their junior team. I love it," says Friesen. "Myself, Calvin [Hennon], Griffin [Minchin] and Jacob [Rhodes] always talk about it - how we were the guys that came up through the ranks just like [Jack Geisler] and [Jack Thornton] before us. It's really cool and something that I definitely take pride in."
Friesen (above) skates with the Generals in a game during the 2017-18 season.
As Friesen prepares to enter his second season at the junior level, Head Coach Justin Kern is excited to see how his growth and development continues. "The number one thing for him is now that he has a year under his belt we want to see him bring that added confidence to the ice," said Kern. "When he plays with confidence he is really, really good at making plays happen for other people, and we want to continue to foster that confidence and play-making ability."
Looking ahead to his second season with the Gens, Friesen echoed much of Coach Kern's analysis. "I'm definitely looking to improve my confidence level," said Friesen. "This year, I'm looking to bring the attitude that the puck is mine, the game is mine, and this is my day."
"Broc put in a ton of work and came a long, long way last year," added Kern. "The off-ice workouts are a perfect example. Broc put in the work day-in and day-out, and ultimately he put on more than twelve ponds of muscle over the course of the season thanks to our comprehensive off-ice program. I'm really looking forward to seeing more of that drive and desire this year."
"I'm really excited," said Friesen. "The team looks good, I feel good, and it's just going to be a good year."
Broc isn't the only one is his family that has hockey in their DNA. His sister, Nikki, recently graduated from Harvard University after a four-year run as a member of Harvard's women's hockey team. Nikki was an ECAC All-Academic selection in all four of her years in Cambridge, Massachusetts.
More signings are anticipated in the coming days and weeks as the Generals gear up for the team's fourteenth season of play.