A new day has arrived for the Richmond Generals.
By Joshua Boyd
The Generals will be working together with the New Jersey Hitmen’s upcoming USPHL National Collegiate Development Conference team. The organizations will be affiliates in developing players for NCAA hockey.
“It is a great relationship to have that puts two programs together that have a great relationship and similar philosophies on developing players,” said Richmond general manager and Elite head coach R.C. Lyke. “Both programs have been among the leaders every year in college and next level junior placement for a long time.”
The Generals are no strangers to player advancement. This season alone has seen three players moved in-season, either permanently or for temporary call-ups.
Travis Broughman was called up to the North American Hockey League’s Topeka Roadrunners for three games. That makes it six straight years for advancement to the NAHL for Generals players, with 24 Richmond players making the jump in that time span.
Also this year, Mike Hans moved on to the Northern Ontario Junior Hockey League’s Kirkland Lake Goldminers. Austin Petrie went to the Fort Frances Lakers, of the Superior International Junior Hockey League.
“The Hitmen have had a great reputation. [They are] not only one of the top programs on the East Coast, but in all of junior hockey, for a long time now,” Lyke added.
“It is a great opportunity for our players to have a chance to move on to another top junior program in close proximity to us as well.”
“With the Hitmen, we have always believed that developing your players leads to success in winning games,” added Hitmen GM and Premier head coach Toby Harris, in a Generals team release. “That is something the Richmond Generals have done very well for a long time now. They have developed their players, won hockey games, and moved a ton of guys on to the next level of junior and college hockey. We look forward to having a long successful relationship with R.C. and the Generals program.”
Several current Generals have shown themselves to be among the best in their division. Four Elite players earned All-Star status. This group included ’97’s Broughman, Bryce Hunt and ’98 Joseph Crump, all forwards, and Curtis Foster, a defenseman.
The USP3 team, which won 16 games out of 20, received seven All-Star nods.
The forwards were ’98 Connor Green and ’99’s Patrick Pratapas and Tomas Rocco. On defense, the All-Star selections were ’99’s Aaron Szalankiewicz and Nathan Shellberg, and 2000-born defenseman Mike Krupinski. Goalie Jordan Gilbert (’98) was also named an All-Star.
Watch the Richmond Generals as they enter the USPHL Elite and USP3 playoffs this weekend on HockeyTV.
USPHL Elite Playoff Schedule (as of Feb. 15)
USP3 Playoff Schedule (as of Feb. 15)
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