- Created: 21 August 2018
The Eugene Generals are proud to announce the signing of forward Justyn Bayliffe for the 2018-19 season.
A native of Wasilla, Alaska, Bayliffe will be embarking on the beginning of his junior hockey career as becomes the fourteenth Alaskan to sign with the Generals since Justin Kern was officially named as the team's head coach during the 2014-15 season.
"Our organization has developed some very strong ties throughout the Mat-Su Valley in recent years, and that helped get Justyn on our radar early," said Generals Head Coach Justin Kern. "From there, I just fell in love with the kid, his work ethic and his overall attitude. You could ask him to walk across burning coals and he would do it with a smile on his face; he's just always smiling."
The upbeat forward joins the Generals after previously playing for Wasilla High School where he was a former teammate of current Generals forward Alex Clark.
"Alex [Clark] really talked me into it," said Bayliffe. "He told me that I would have the time of my life if I made the commitment to come to Eugene. Essentially, he pretty much talked me into it overnight."
That relationship with Clark, the leading scorer of last year's Generals team, proved vital in Bayliffe's decision to leave home and head to the Emerald Valley to start his junior hockey career.
"Clarkie has always been a close friend of mine," said Bayliffe. "I've played with him for 8-10 years. When he told me to come down and check it out, coming from him, I knew I had to give it some great consideration. So far, he's been totally right, I'm loving it here."
Bayliffe (above) skates at the 2018 Eugene Generals Preseason Evaluation Camp at The Rink Exchange in Eugene, Oregon.
Bayliffe, who attended both the Preseason Evaluation Camp in March as well as Training Camp in August, quickly found his comfort zone upon arriving in Oregon. Having now settled into Eugene, he wasn't shy about expressing his excitement regarding his new home and the upcoming season.
"I'm just really excited about it overall," said Bayliffe. "I feel like this will be a great learning experience and that this is something a hockey player should do if they are good enough and have the desire to move to the next level."
"Justyn brings a big body and he's certainly not afraid to go into a corner," added Coach Kern. "He looks at every challenge as an opportunity and he always does so with a smile on his face. He absolutely works his tail off and we're excited to have him join 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.