- Created: 05 September 2018
The Eugene Generals are proud to announce the signing of goaltender Carson Roisum for the 2018-19 season.
A native of Stoughton, Wisconsin, Roisum will be embarking on the beginning of his junior hockey career after playing each of the previous three seasons for his hometown high school team, Stoughton High School. Roisum posted a 3.90 goals against average along with a .902 save percentage over his three years (72 games) for the Vikings, including receiving first-team Badger South all-conference honors following the 2017-18 season.
The Midwesterner spent the summer testing the junior hockey waters at various tryout camps for teams in the North American Hockey League. After just missing out on claiming a final roster spot in the NAHL, Roisum began doing his homework searching for a destination that would provide the proper fit for him both on and off the ice.
"I spent the summer attending a bunch of NAHL camps, including going through two NAHL main camps, and afterwards I stayed in contact with one of the NAHL coaches who said he was going to look around and help me find a good spot," said Roisum. "He told me about Eugene, talked to me about the program, and it just seemed like a beautiful fit. Soon afterwards, Coach Kern gave me a call and he seemed like a great man and an awesome coach, so the decision to join Eugene was easy."
It was in those conversations with Generals Head Coach Justin Kern that Roisum developed a familiarity with the program, the program's approach to development and the specific aspects that set the Generals organization apart from the rest.
"When talking to Coach Kern, he first and foremost emphasized the family aspect of the team," said Roisum. "Learning about the schooling system, that sounded like it would be a perfect fit for me. Then he told me about the schedule structure and that no games are guaranteed easy wins, and I loved that aspect. The Gens faced some great opponents last year and that really struck me because I love being in a battle situation and having to put in hard work to get where I want to go in life."
From Coach Kern's perspective, he is excited to add an enthusiastic young goaltender that is no stranger to embracing the opportunity to battle.
"I talked to several coaches who played against [Carson] and they all said that he is a player than can be the backbone of your team and really steal some games for you," said Coach Kern. "We're going to play some tough opponents and we're going to need a goalie that is ready to battle hard to earn the win. We think that Carson can certainly be that guy for us."
Roisum (above) earned all-conference honors during the 2017-18 playing for Stoughton High School.
"I'm always looking to better the team," added Roisum. "In high school, we played tough games but I loved to be in a battle and I always made sure that everyone else was feeling the love and feeling like they were a part of the team. All of my goalie experience has been focused on trying to better myself as a leader, making sure that everybody is doing what they need to do and ensuring that every teammate feels like they are a part of the family."
A competitive player on the ice, Roisum is just as ambitious in the classroom as he currently boasts an impressive 3.92 cumulative grade point average. As he looks ahead to beginning a new chapter in his life, Roisum is ready and eager to arrive in Eugene and get to work.
"I'm looking forward to everything," Roisum excitedly says with a laugh. "I'm really looking forward to facing a higher skill level and higher level of competition overall. High school hockey is one thing, but making the jump to juniors means high-skill, fast-paced hockey. Most of all, I'm looking forward to being a part of a bond that's stronger than just a team - I am really looking forward to being part of a brotherhood."
"Carson is incredibly driven and really looking for a shot to turn some heads," added Coach Kern. "He's a great student, a very polite kid, and I could instantly tell from a personality standpoint that he is going to be a great fit within our Generals family."
More signings are anticipated in the coming days and weeks as the Generals gear up for the team's fourteenth season of play.