- Created: 13 September 2018
The Eugene Generals are proud to announce the signing of forward Cody Arbelovsky for the 2018-19 season.
A native of Kenai, Alaska, Arbelovsky returns to the Generals after previously playing for the team during the 2015-16 and 2016-17 seasons. During his two prior seasons in Eugene, Arbelovsky tallied 72 goals and 65 assists in 93 career games, including the postseason.
The 2016-17 season was a special one for Arbelovsky as he set the franchise single-season goals scored record with 47 goals, a record broken in dramatic fashion on the final day of the regular season. That season also saw him set the franchise record for most goals in a single game with six against the West Sound Warriors on September 23, 2016.
Last season, Arbelovsky played 39 games for the Steele County Blades of the USPHL's Premier Division where he tallied 13 goals and 13 assists for 26 overall points.
"It's great to be back and somewhere that feels so comfortable," said Arbelovsky. "Last year, I got to leave that comfort zone a bit and it really helped me grow as a person, but now it feels great to return to a place that really does feel like home."
"It's tremendous to have him back," said Generals Head Coach Justin Kern. "He's always worked his tail off for the team, he puts up numbers, and he plays with intensity all the time. It's so nice to have that kind of confidence and ability in practice pushing the other guys. Cody has been great at trying to take some of the younger guys under his wing and helping them adjust to the junior hockey grind. He's been giving them pointers on scoring, passing, whatever they need. He's already been fantastic in that aspect."
Arbelovsky billeted at the house of Generals Head Coach Justin Kern for each of his previous two seasons in Eugene, and that helped forge a relationship between he and the Kern family that extended far beyond the ice.
"He lived with me for both of those seasons, and even during the year that he was away in Steele County he kept in constant contact," said Coach Kern. "Frankly, I've always thought of him as one of my own kids. He's just a really great person, he's great around the house, and he's already a de facto older brother to my young daughter; they're two peas in a pod. It's awesome having him back. It's like when a family member comes home after being gone for a long time. It's just great to have him back at the rink and at the house."
Arbelovsky (above) skates in a game with the Generals during the 2016-17 season.
While Arbelovsky noted plenty of great memories that stood out from his previous time in Eugene, it was the combined camaraderie of Generals players, coaches and staff that stood out most in his mind.
"What sticks out the most about my previous time here is simply the teams that I got to play with," said Arbelovsky. "The group of guys I got to share a locker room with and the long-lasting relationships with people like Coach Kern, Samantha [Kern], the whole front office, everybody; it's the people that truly make the difference here."
Looking ahead to the upcoming 2018-19 season, Arbelovsky notes that while he won't be expected to carry too much of the scoring load, he certainly wouldn't mind doing so, either.
"I think that I won't have to worry too much about scoring a ton of goals, but, I mean, a part of me definitely still wants to," Arbelovsky says with a laugh. "First and foremost, though, I want to be a good veteran leader for the younger guys. I want to help them out, teach them a few tricks, and just be a great teammate overall."