When you think of players who leave a long term legacy on the Northeast Generals, the first one that comes to mind is Colin Bilek. On the NA3HL side, one of those players in the long run could arguably end up being Payton Felix. Today he committed to play for Manhattanville next season. Both the General Manager, Bryan Erikson, and Head Coach, Darryl Locke had great things to say.
First Erikson said of the commitment, “It is awesome. Eric Progen brought Payton up here from PA when he was hired and did a great job preparing him for Junior Hockey with the 18U Generals in the NAPHL. Then Darryl just continued to help Payton develop. Payton is a great kid who did things the right way. If we could have 20 Payton’s every year we would. He has set the bar very high in our recruiting as his work ethic is unmatched. And the success he had while here is amazing. Both years we went to the Fraser Cup. We keep raising the bar in what we are trying to do and the players we are interested in. Payton is the definition of a program changer. A guy who will outwork everyone and only accept winning.”
Locke added “Payton Felix is the type of player every coach wants on his roster. He is a relentless worker on and off the ice. He’s a great teammate and better person. I’m really going to miss having him in the locker room. He embodies everything we preach about the culture of the organization. His hard work, dedication, and team first attitude will be a big void to fill. After the semi final loss to Granite City, I could see he was really down about not completing our mission of winning The Fraser Cup. We spoke for five minutes outside the locker room. What he said to me left an impression that confirmed everything I thought and knew about Payton Felix the person. He said “I’m sorry coach I wish we could’ve won it for you”. I reminded him that we wouldn’t be in this position without him. I told him he had a heck of a junior career. Three division titles, two trips to The Fraser Cup, two all-star selections. He gave me his all everyday and that I’m thankful for. I’m going to miss him but I’m really excited to see the next chapter in his hockey and academic career.”
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