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Merritt is Generals First Tender of 2009/10

 The Eugene Generals announced earlier today that Christian Merritt from Orange County Hockey Club’s U16 AAA team has been signed as the team’s first tender of the 2009/10 season.

Merit, a 5-7 145 lb. center from Murrieta, CA, has 12 goals and 14 assists in 36 games with Orange County this season. Merritt attended the 2008 Eugene Generals Main Camp, and was recently scouted at Richmond International Hockey Tournament in Richmond, BC by the Generals.

“We had a chance to take a look at [Christian] Merritt at our Main Camp last season, and again in Richmond a few weeks ago,” Generals Head Coach Jay Miller stated. “We would have liked him on our team this season, but unfortunately for us he had a prior commitment to his midget team. I think he will be an immediate contributor to our team next season, and he fits into the Generals mold of hard working, focused and skilled.”

Merritt’s U16 AAA Orange County Hockey Club is 24-9-4 on the season, and recently took 4th place in the Richmond International Hockey Tournament in the U18 AAA Elite Division.

“After playing U16 AAA I think I’m ready to make the jump to Junior A,” Merritt said. “When I was up there [Eugene] last year at the tryouts, I really liked the organization, the coach and how things were run. I think Eugene is a good fit for me.”

One sign of maturity for the young Merritt is knowing what areas he excels at on and off the ice, and where he needs improvement.

“All of my coaches have told me that I’m pretty strong defensively as a center. I think that’s one of my big attributes. I also bring a positive attitude, and a passion for the game. I have good hands around the net, and can help the team offensively. One of the biggest things I’d like to work on is my ability to shoot the puck. I get myself into good position to shoot, and I just have to work on getting a faster and more accurate shot.”

For more information on Generals players or tenders please visit eugenegenerals.com.

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For more information:
Chris Bilder, Public Relations/Marketing, Eugene Generals
541-359-4154 (office)
541-680-6222 (cell)