- Created: 13 August 2018
The Eugene Generals are proud to announce the signing of forward Griffin Minchin for the 2018-19 season.
A native of Springfield, Minchin is a former member of the Eugene Jr. Generals youth hockey program and will be entering his second season playing at the junior level. Minchin tallied a goal and two assists in thirty games played last season.
Previously, Minchin helped guide the Jr. Gens 16U team to a Oregon State High School Championship in 2017 under Head Coach Flint Doungchak, the General Manager of the Generals. He is the third former Jr. General to have their signing announced so far this offseason (Calvin Hennon, Broc Friesen).
"I'm really glad to be back," said Minchin. "I feel that I'll be a lot more comfortable and able to carry a lot more confidence now having a year of junior hockey under my belt. Last season was definitely a major step up from high school hockey, and it was hard to adjust to at first, but as the season went on I could see myself starting to adjust and making better plays and decisions."
"I think Griffin is poised to have a pretty big year," said Generals Head Coach Justin Kern. "He's a student of the game and someone that is always trying to hone his craft. Our focus this year will helping him play with even more intensity and making sure that hes always hunting the puck and just being a menace every time he steps on the ice."
"I really want to be an asset to the team and be someone that the guys look to when we need a goal or we need to make a play," said Minchin. "Now that my first year is out of the way, I can look past my initial apprehensions and realize that people make mistakes, it's going to happen and you need to make mistakes in order to find success."
Minchin (above) skates for the Generals in a game during the 2017-18 season.
"Like his fellow Jr. Generals alums now playing junior hockey in Eugene, Minchin is thankful for a local option to play hockey at a high level. "I like the fact that it is a hometown junior team so I can take the next step while still being around my family," said Minchin. "I started playing hockey in Eugene - I didn't come from somewhere else - and I think it really shows even the younger kids in the program now that if playing at the junior level is something they want to do then it is definitely achievable and they can do it without having to leave home."
"Having an influx of local, homegrown talent is a big point of pride for our franchise and the entire Lane County hockey community," added Associate GM Alex Stimson. "That's been a major point of emphasis for us between our junior and youth hockey programs, and we're starting to see the fruits of all the hard work our coaches and the dedicated coaches of the Jr. Generals have put in. That said, Griffin deserves all the credit in the world for taking responsibility for his development and putting in the hard work to get to this level. Our staff is so excited to have him back and to further help him along that development process."
More signings are anticipated in the coming days and weeks as the Generals gear up for the team's fourteenth season of play.