- Created: 31 August 2018
The Eugene Generals are proud to announce the signing of goaltender Skyler Larsen for the 2018-19 season.
A native of Bend, Larsen heads West to the Emerald Valley in what will be his final season of junior hockey eligibility. Previously, Larsen suited up for the Southern Oregon Spartans and the Klamath Falls Ice Hawks. He becomes the second former Ice Hawk to sign with the Generals for the upcoming 2018-19 season, joining Hunter Boivin.
"It's really exciting coming here," said Larsen. "It's excellent being as close to home as I am. My family will be able to come out to some games, so it's great to stay close yet still have the opportunity to play hockey at a high level."
"He's a student of the game," said Generals Head Coach Justin Kern. "He's always asking questions, even in terms of what systems we'll be running because as a goaltender he wants to know everything that's going on around him, and I love that about Skyler. He's always looking to improve his game, and as a 1998 birth year I'm hoping he can channel that into being a great influence on the rest of the team. He's already come in and immediately jelled with the team and I think he'll be a great addition to our roster."
When Larsen takes the ice this upcoming season, Generals fans can expect to see him display an aggressive style in net. "I leave it all on the ice," said Larsen. I like to battle as a goaltender. I play an aggressive style and like to attack the puck."
Larsen (above) skates at the 2017 Preseason Evaluation Camp hosted at The Rink Exchange in Eugene, Oregon.
With Larsen's signing, the Generals roster for the 2018-19 season currently includes six Oregonians. That emphasis towards strengthening recruiting ties throughout the state has been a point of pride for Coach Kern and the rest of the Generals staff.
"We are thrilled that Eugene has become recognized by the rest of Oregon as a premiere place to further one's hockey career and advance one's development," said Coach Kern. "In having kids come out from Portland, Klamath Falls, Bend, and of course our local kids, we're trying to build that reputation that if you want to play hockey at a high level in Oregon then this is the place you want to come. I think we've done a good job at that and it's only going to continue to get better in the future."
"I love the environment," said Larsen. "My billets are really great this year, I'm really enjoying my teammates so far and I'm just excited to play some good hockey."
More signings are anticipated in the coming days and weeks as the Generals gear up for the team's fourteenth season of play.