Generals Sign Forward Hunter Boivin
The Eugene Generals are proud to announce the signing of forward Hunter Boivin for the 2018-19 season.
Born and raised in Klamath Falls, Boivin heads north to embark on his junior hockey career after spending the entirety of his youth hockey career in his hometown.
Boivin is no stranger to hockey in Eugene, though, having spent much of those youth hockey days facing off against the Eugene Jr. Generals with the Klamath Falls Ice Hawks.
"I first heard about the Generals after having played a lot of great games against the Jr. Gens while I was playing youth hockey," said Boivin. "Those were always super fun games against the Jr. Gens and I got familiar with a few of the players like Griffin [Minchin] and Broc [Friesen]."
After impressing Generals staff members both during his battles against the Jr. Gens and also at the 2018 America's Showcase skating for Team Washington, Generals Head Coach Justin Kern reached out to begin the conversation about joining the team this season.
"He's a kid that we've been lucky to see a lot over the past few years," said Coach Kern. "Hunter is very receptive to coaching. He wasn't quite ready to come out to the team last year, but I gave him some things to work on and he did exactly that. He was at our camp in April where he took some of my feedback and came back looking much improved and ready to go at Training Camp."
Boivin (above) skates at the 2017 Eugene Generals Preseason Evaluation Camp hosted at The Rink Exchange in Eugene, Oregon.
As he transitions to the junior hockey level of play, Boivin hopes to bring a steady playmaking ability to this year's Generals team.
"I don't like to take the center of attention," chuckled Boivin. "I like to be an assist-type guy, someone that makes smart plays and sets up teammates for success. Playing at a higher level of hockey gets me excited. The faster pace and higher level of difficulty is a challenge that I'm really looking forward to."
"Hunter is a very cerebral person," added Coach Kern. "He likes to think through every decision he makes. This year, we'll work on speeding up that decision-making process while continuing to hone his skills to make him a real big time threat. He is a tremendous student both in the classroom and on the ice, and despite being young he brings a really big frame to the table. Overall he's just really receptive to adapting and making changes to help further his development."
More signings are anticipated in the coming days and weeks as the Generals gear up for the team's fourteenth season of play.