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26 in 26: Northeast Generals

September 7, 2019
The 26 in 26 series features a look at all 26 teams in the NAHL for the 2019-20 season, with a new team being highlighted daily, leading all the way up until the start of the regular season. 26 in 26 looks into each NAHL team and will include video interviews with 26 coaches in the NAHL, as they provide fans with their expectations and outlook for the season, including taking a look at their strengths as a team and thoughts on the league.  It will also take a look back on last season and how each team fared and what they accomplished.
 
Northeast Generals
Head Coach: Joe Lovell (3rd Year)
2018-19 record: 24-25-11, 59 pts. (4th in the East Division)
2018-19 leading scorer: Louis Boudon (68 pts.)
2019 playoffs: Lost to the Johnstown Tomahawks in the East Division Semi-Finals, 3 games to 2
2019-20 Division: East
First regular season game: Friday, September 13th vs. Maine Nordiques
Home opener: Friday, September 13th vs. Maine Nordiques 
 
The Northeast Generals made the playoffs for the second consecutive season and even pushed the top seeded Johnstown Tomahawks to a decisive Game 5 in the East Division semi-finals before seeing their season come to an end. Off the ice, the Generals produced 18 NCAA commitments as they continue to build a culture of advancement in the northeast.
 
“Last year was a really good year for us. We finished in fourth place but we were tied with Johnstown in Game 5 with 10 minutes to go in the game and we came up short, they’re a really good team. But the injuries we battled and the kids we gave experience in the NAHL sets us up unbelievably for this year,” said owner, general manager and associate head coach Bryan Erikson.
 
Watch: Northeast Generals GM Bryan Erikson interview
 
“We definitely didn’t have the success at the end of the year that we want to have but we had 11 kids commit to Division I schools. We did all the checkboxes that we wanted to on the ice and off the ice. It really sets us up for a future run and hopefully this year will be that year,” added Erikson. 
 
The Generals will have to replace their best player from a year ago as Louis Boudon is moving on to Lake Superior State University this fall. The native of France led the Generals with 68 points in 55 games. He also led the team with 22 goals and 13 power play assists. 
 
“We lost who we think was the best player in the North American Hockey League. We can’t replace him so what we decided to do was we just went after speed, speed, and more speed,” said Erikson of Boudon. 
 
The Generals will be returning a handful of players that have already earned Division I commitments. 
 
Clark Kerner will return after playing in 33 games with the Generals last season. Over that time, Kerner potted eight goals and added eight assists. The Kansas City, Missouri native is currently committed to UMass-Lowell. Trevor Smith also will be back for year two as he appeared in 24 games, scoring five times and contributing four assists. Smith, from Raleigh, North Carolina has previously committed to the University of Vermont.
 
The Generals will also have Jared Lambright, committed to St. Lawrence University, Jack Ring who is committed to the University of New Hampshire and Jacob Zacharewicz who is committed to Brown on the roster for the upcoming 2019-20 season. 
 
“We really just looked to replace with high character, high intensity, high speed kids and we think we did an unbelievable job. We’re pretty excited to get started,” said Erikson
 
The Generals are entering their fourth year in the North American Hockey League. The staff believes that this could be the year where they finally break through and reach the Robertson Cup. They know they can go toe-to-toe with the best of the best. Now it’s time to show the league they are ready to take their game to the next level. 
 
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