Generals add three in NAHL Draft: Read More

Today, the Northeast Generals added three more players to their camp roster to work towards a roster spot for the 2021-2022 campaign. The process was lead by General Manager Matt Dibble who had the Generals only need to select three players due to their extensive work to secure key tenders, have a roster stocked with returners, and helping to cultivate a new energy in the group that was a key part of its renniasance last season as a team near the bottom of the standings pushed for a playoff spot near the end of the 2020-2021 campaign despite dealing with a myriad of challenges.

With that said, Head Coach Bryan Erikson had a lot to say about the draft work done by Dibble

He added

” This Draft was all Matt Dibble. He was hired to make a roster that can compete for a championship and I think he has done that all off season. So the draft is just a small part of what he has been doing. We had the fewest amount of picks in the draft because of all the hard work Matt did in the last 6 months. He has built a team we really like.”

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On the three picks, Erikson noted, first of young defender Jack Laferriere

” First we grabbed Jack Laferriere who is a big 05 D man that was a standout at the World Youth Championships with Roc City Elite. He is kid who works hard and comes from a great hockey pedigree. He has work to do to make the team but I think he can get there. Strong on his edges, good with the puck and does a great job with his gaps.”

For development, Dibble has seen Jack first hand as Dibble lead that Roc City team, and said “Jack Laferriere was one of the captains for our Roc City team this summer, we think he is a kid that will continue to develop and will play here some day. He is a great kid and works hard day in and out.”

Next, Erikson discussed Asher Wites, a smooth skating defender, Erikson said ” Then we chose Asher Wites who is a D man that we loved. Very smooth and dynamic with the puck. Another great skating D man that can make plays offensively and escape trouble with his feet. He will be very good very quickly for us. High end kid on and off the ice.”

Dibble added of Wites ” Asher Wites is a kid who we fully expect to come in here and compete to play every day. We think he is a kid with high end skating ability and hockey IQ. We are looking forward to working with him on his transition.”

For their final pick, the Generals selected a player from their East Division Champion NA3HL Team, Payton Felix. The Generals will benefit from having another forward with instant speed, and one that shows an ability to play with a certain level of toughness like their standout forward Jake Dunlap.

Erikson said of Felix ” Payton Felix has been with us for 2 years. 1 year with our U18 team where he was dominant and then 1 year with our NA3 team where he was again a huge contributor to the best team in the East. He has blinding speed, and a tremendous work ethic. He gets on pucks quickly on the forecheck, backchecks, finishes hits everywhere. Great kid from a great family. Excited for him to have this opportunity to push for a spot.”

Dibble added ” Peyton Felix is a kid who has shown loyalty to the generals organization and we are looking forward to him continuing to develop here in Attleboro.”

Felix has one year left in junnior hockey, and will have a full season and NAHL Showcase to show off that blinding speed at the next level. His game is similar to Michigan Tech Forward, Tyrone Bronte, who did not earn a college comittment until late in the cycle, in June before he played his freshman year last fall. Felix has the potential to earn a Division One spot, and lead a strong team forward to the playoffs this year, as he did last season, on the same sheet of ice.

The Generals will not have too crowded of a main camp, as they typically like to bring in players they could see playing for them and earning a spot, with that said look for some extra competition in a few spots to allow Erikson and Dibble to make the needed moves to get the best possible group ready for a full, grueling regular season schedule where the Generals hope to play a lot more at home than last year, with fans for all of their games.

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Ryan Corcoran is the Generals’ Final Tender: Read More

For their final tender slot, General Manager of the Northeast Generals, Matt Dibble did not have to look too far from Attleboro to find the next General for the 2021-2022 group. He got playmaking forward from the USPHL-NCDC level Boston Advantage, Ryan Corcoran to sign with them for this season. Corcoran does not have to go far from home as he is a Duxbury native, only about 42.8 miles away from where he will be playing his home games this season.

Corcoran brings a lot to the group:

As Head Coach Bryan Erikson said ” Ryan Corcoran is a very good 200 foot player that has continued to develop. The NCDC is a very good Tier 3 league and does a decent job of developing players. There is still an adjustment when a player moves from Tier 3 to Tier 2 in the NAHL but we are confident that Ryan is ready. He has been on our radar for a few years, he’s a local kid and has had a ton of Division 1 interest from some Ivy League schools and other high end academic institutions. Ryan plays with great pace, see’s the ice well and is very responsible in the defensive zone. Great kid that we are excited to bring into the Generals Family.”

Corcoran is well known to the Generals, as Erikson went on to explain all of the traits he has and why he is the last tender, on Corcoran he added that.

“Corcoran a player that we have watched for several years. We wanted a Center that can play up the lineup and also be responsible in the D zone. And Ryan is that. He is great in the dot, great in the D zone and has a ton of offensive skill. Just a great guy to plug anywhere in the lineup with the confidence that he will produce good numbers.”

The Generals have another pivot forward that can win a large amount of draws, and will also be another veteran voice in the room, ready to help a group with a lot of returners push towards the playoffs this season. It was a smart choice for this group to add a player with Ivy League schools interested in him so late in the tender process, and Corcoran has shown the ability to add presence in all three zones. His ability to play a utility forward role in the lineup could serve as a unifying force for the Generals this year, and will give him a great platform to play in front of Division One teams nightly. All of the tenders for the Generals have immediate upside to help the team, and adress needs created by players moving on to the college game.

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Northeast Generals tender Joseph McGraw: Read more

In the game of hockey, you find the talent that works best for your team, regardless of how old they are (if they can play for you of course). Joseph McGraw is a fast center that will be a young player for the Northeast Generals next year. For General Manager Matt Dibble, he has seen McGraw first hand as part of the Roc City Elite organization that won a championship at the World Youth Championship this summer. McGraw was a dominant force for them, putting up 19 points in eight games.

The Generals, before adding any external help have a leader to pick from this summer. Look for more from the team on the reast of their team as the summer goes on.

McGraw plays the game with pace and passion, and has a more mature game than many of his future opponents do right now.

Hear from Head Coach Bryan Erikson on what Joseph McGraw brings to the team next year

” Joe will be the youngest player in the NA by far next year. I think some teams are scared off by a kid that won’t be 16 until mid December. But he has a high end skill set and a maturity on and off the ice that goes well beyond his years. I think he’s a high end D1 player that is just going to get better and better. He played for Matt Dibble at the 05 World Youth Championships and was dominant. I’m anxious to see how quickly he can adjust to the level of play at the NA.”

Erikson knows what it takes to win at this level , and he thinks McGraw has those skills in more.

General Manager Matt Dibble added , of McGraw “ Joe was a kid who bought into what we were doing in Philly and reaped the rewards with huge production. He led that team on and off the ice.

Joe has NHL upside, and I think will be a high end division 1 recruit come august 2022 (when schools can formally offer a player of his age). He has an elite stick and has some of the best vision I have ever seen. What can’t be seen on video, is his character and what a good teammate he is.

I had at least a dozen schools ask about him the last 2 weeks, per NCAA rules they can not talk with him this year but when they can I think many of them will be asking for his number.”

The puck drops for the Generals in about 57 days on their 2021-2022 campaign, and McGraw figures to be a big part of that.

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Zachary Cline to the Generals: Read more

If you look at the Northeast Generals, their forwards over the past few years are consistently up tempo, and know how to play the game in all three zones. Their group, from rookie to veteran, when at their best plays a high IQ brand of hockey.

Zachary Cline, their newest tender, and Lake Superior State commit, does all of those things. He has done those things playing for the HoneyBaked Youth Program, one of the best hockey programs for full person development in the country.

Given the departures the Generals have had up front, with players like Jonathan Young, Rickey Boysen, and many more leaving, there will be chances up front for the dependable forward to play, right away. The Generals also get another player coming to Attleboro that will be going to Lake Superior State in a few seasons.

As Head Coach Bryan Erikson said

” Zach is a super skilled forward with an amazing motor and compete level. He had offers from a few NA teams but I think our relationship with Lake State helped tip it in our favor. We expect Zach to step in and play a top 9 role right away. We expect to utilize his speed, tenacity and skill to play in all situations.”

If you compare his notes on the Generals’ tenders this summer, you will sense a theme. For the strength of its team this season, all of its forwards will have to play as a unit, and put up goals in bunches. Cline has the potential to do just that, and the backing to do so. The 5’5″ winger plays his game with a physical snarl, and high ability to score in bunches.

With the speed he brings, he will get plenty of looks to score, and carve out a path to college hockey similar to that of former Denver Pioneer, Troy Terry, or perhaps that of Colin Bilek, a player that found his stride in Attleboro and got a Division One offer and went from there. While Cline is committed to be a Laker, he can improve his profile, and maybe earn a late round selection next season with a strong showing this year.

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Carson Limesand to the Northeast Generals: Read More

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This week, the Northeast Generals used a tender to sign a goaltender. Carson Limesand is an athletic netminder from the Benilde-St. Margaret’s Hockey team who is ready to take the next step into his junior hockey career. He is a natural leader who finished his high school career as a team captain. When you watch some of his past work, his ability to move with the play and crack the highlight reel is reminiscent of a Generals’ netminder who could hear his name called in the NHL Draft this month, Anton Castro.

Limesand projects as a high upside goaltender with the potential to play Division One Hockey, and some time in Attleboro is a good next step for him as he will have a chance to replicate his high school success at the next level.

From Head Coach Bryan Erikson

“Carson is a very athletic goaltender that we think will have a huge impact on the team in 2021-22. Carson comes from a very good MN High School team where he put up great numbers. This past year Carson went 12-6 with a 2.56gaa and a .912 save percentage. We look forward to him transitioning smoothly to the junior level and working with our goalie coach Steve Mastalerz.”

Given the background of Mastalerz, both on the ice as a goaltender and as a coach, the Generals have a good teacher to lead the way for Limesand and help him get to the next level. He has helped Hugo Haas, and Anton Castro find college homes, and has helped many other goaltenders develop regardless of style.

Limesand will be able to compete right away, and over time looks to get even better at reading plays to make more saves look run of the mill. His speed in net, and IQ for the game already show through, and in a year where no one is sure which players will be picked in the later rounds, there is an outside chance an NHL team could take a flyer on his development with a draft pick. He could be a high upside pickup for a team with a deep prospect pool in net, and one willing to invest time and energy in helping him get better. Division One teams and Erikson’s group already know what he can do, the NAHL will see what he can do soon, and the NAHL is a haven for developing goalies for the NHL level, regardless of draft status.

Erikson and General Manager Matt Dibble bring players to Attleboro that fit the family structure of the organization that know how to be leaders. Limesand fits that bill, and profiles as a sound netminder as well. Where he goes next is up to him, and the Northeast Generals’ organization will be completely behind him in getting him to that next step in his hockey and personal development.

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Liam McCanney to Stevenson: Read what he brings to the Mustangs

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When you look at the 2000 birth year players of the Northeast Generals you see a lot of common traits among them. Common among all of them is the amount of honesty and levity they bring to any group they play for. Liam McCanney is no exception. The power forward always brings a sense of leadership and a physical game, and that is no doubt part of the many reasons why the Mustangs offered him a spot on their team, one of the up and coming squads in Division Three.

In a year where hundreds remain in the transfer portal, one program folding for good (Robert Morris…. we hope this is reversed), and one program on suspension pending conference acceptance (Alabama Huntsville), and a glut of players taking their allowed extra year of eligibility afforded to them for playing in in the 2020-2021 campaign, the Mustangs are getting a Division One caliber player to join them.

As Head Coach Bryan Erikson said ” Liam is the D3 steal of the year. He is the poster boy for kids that got looked over or pushed out because of the 5th year, the portal and teams folding. But it’s a great school and opportunity. I have a great relationship with Coach Dawes and Coach Peffall. 2 great guys that do an awesome job. They are a good team so I never want to assume anything but I full expect Liam to be a top producer on Day 1. Just a great hockey player who is also an amazing kid. But when we look at programs to help our kids Stevenson is on a short list of programs we love. ”

Erikson added in the press release about McCanney’s commitment to attend Stevenson:

” But this is not a simple backup plan.  This is a tremendous opportunity for Liam to go to a great school that has a great hockey program led by 2 men that will get a ton out of Liam.  They do things the right way.  Our former goalie Marko Sturma is there and just loves it.  It’s a great school that will allow Liam to continue to play high level hockey and get a great education.  I am really proud of and happy for Liam.  I am going to miss him.”

The Mustangs will be a tough lineup to earn playing time in for McCanney, but his game should transfer well right away in an environment poised to help him develop on and off the ice.

As of now, the Generals have one 2000 born player yet to commit, Jonathan Young. The two way forward looks to have options at the Division One and Division Three levels, and hopefully soon Erikson can have helped find a home for all of his 2000 birth year players.

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Generals wrap up strong showing at Top Prospects Tournament: Read more

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Despite being shutout, the East Division side, featuring three Northeast Generals, Anton Castro, Jonathan Young, and Liam McCanney, all had good final showings for their 2020-2021 campaigns today in Blaine Minnesota at the NAHL Top Prospects Tournament. Young and McCanney are looking for college homes, while Castro is looking to earn an NHL Entry Draft selection some time on the second day of the draft (he is ranked 13th by NHL Central Scouting among North American Goalies).

As Head Coach Bryan Erikson said of the day, in which the East Division lost in a shutout to the Central Division.

Anton Castro

” 18 saves on 21 shots doesn’t tell the entire story. First 2 goals he made ridiculous saves on and didn’t get help cleaning up the rebounds. 3rd one was a great shot that barely beat him. I thought he did a great job showing his athleticism and ability to make every type of save. Kid is a stud. ” Castro has been supporting his family at home for the past little bit due to the incredibly tragic passing of his father. For the first time in months he has played games on back to back days in part due to the incredibly tough times he has been dealing with, and also due to the success of Hugo Haas, who would have been at this tournament if not for travel issues.

Liam McCanney

McCanney was good today. Didn’t have the puck a ton but used his speed very well and had some big hits. He played a simple game that I think showed well.”

Jonathan Young

“Young was very quick in transition today. Made some nice plays and passes. Didn’t get a lot of puck luck but I thought he was very good in all 3 zones!”

As for pitching the value of Castro to the NHL scouts assembled, Erikson had this to say

” As for Anton I think his athleticism is insane and his feel for big saves is special. And he’s only an 03 that is going to be a big time goalie. Goalies usually develop a little later but I think Anton is ahead of that curve. It’s his first year draft eligible and a team could get him late in the draft where if he plays like I think he can he may push himself up draft boards next year. He is a competitor that really has no cap on his potentia.l”

The Boston University commit, Castro, and Haas both hope to be selected in the NHL Draft next month, while Young and McCanney hope they soon find an NCAA home. All three Generals that played in the Tournament this weekend added more positives to their resumes to meet their end goals.

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Generals Top Prospects group has strong day one: Read more

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In the last showcase for uncommitted players, and those under the close eye of NHL teams at the NAHL level, the representatives of the Northeast Generals all came to play for their East Division side, each playing a role in their 4-1 win.

In net, Anton Castro stopped 20 of 21 shots and allowed his team to get off to a strong start. Castro got a chance to showcase his athletic style and poise early on as his east side faced a talented South Division group. Throughout his time in net, he kept his team ahead by using his athletic poise and strong sense to make the saves he could look routine, and make a few extraordinary saves as well. College hockey is full of goalies with his athleticism, and facing the some of the best players in this league today, Castro showed why he is a Division One talent, and showcased arguably his best outing of the year in front of a jam packed building of NHL scouts today in Blaine Minnesota. Whenever his time in junior hockey is done, he will be a Boston University Terrier.

As for the skaters Castro came to Blaine with, they need to find a college hockey home for next season. Both Jonathan Young and Liam McCanney have had some Division One interest, and for the first time all year, multiple teams got to see them ply their crafts in person. Both lived up to their expectations. Young had an empty net goal, and two assists, while McCanney had an assist on Young’s empty net goal. Both showed off why Bryan Erikson, Generals Head Coach, cannot stop saying good things about these players.

As Erikson said of all of his group from today

” I thought they both did exactly what they needed to do and that was standout. They both played with pace, were physical and showed up on the scoresheet. Need them to repeat that tomorrow to continue to catch the eyes of D1 College Coaches! The league does such a great job putting on this event. The building was jammed with college and NHL scouts. It’s a great atmosphere and it gives everyone playing a great chance to leave it all on the ice and see what happens.”

For Castro he added

“And Anton was great stopping 20 of 21 shots and the goal there was nothing he could do. Just another great performance by a Generals player.”

All three get one more chance to showcase what they can do in front of the NHL and NCAA scouts and coaches assembled in Blaine tomorrow as their Eastern side takes on the Central Division at noon.

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Ricky Boysen finds a home: More on his commitment to Trinity College

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Versatile, dependable, and consistent, if you asked Head Coach of the Northeast Generals Bryan Erikson to describe Rickey Boysen as a player, we bet those words have been used multiple times over his two years as a General. When the Generals needed a big hit, or play made, he was often the one to help lead the effort in providing those things.

Now, another 2000 born player for Erikson has found an NCAA home, as Boysen is off to the prestigious Division Three Trinity College Bantams to play for a group that has seen a lot of success in recent years. Boysen finished his time as a General with 29 points in 52 games, and brings an instant presence to the offensive and defensive zones for the Bantams.

As Erikson said of what Ricky’s commitment means, and the fit of Trinity for him, ” It’s an unbelievable fit. Ricky is a great kid and a very smart one. Trinity is an amazing school academically and hockey wise. He joins former General and one of his great friends in Gerry Marretta. Coach Matt Greason does an amazing job and I know that he is going to love Ricky. Ricky is such a great get for them. He does everything well. He can score BIG goals. He is great in the D zone, he hits, blocks shots and is tough as nails. I am really proud of Ricky. I’m jealous of Trinity because they will get him for 4 years. I only got 2. Going to miss him a lot.”

Boysen always can skate with any team he is on, and will have the chance to make his legacy known with the Bantams in short order. He will have four years to leave the Bantams in an even better spot than the program already is, having multiple conference championships in the past six seasons, and always fielding a competitive roster. For Erikson, the impression Boysen left in Attleboro will not soon be forgotten, and as a player, Erikson is always looking for more like him.

That is, he always wants players that want to work, improve, enjoy the game, are good humans, and like to learn from mistakes and get better every single day. That is what it takes to play for him, and those same traits will serve Boysen well in Trinity College, the professional game, and in any job Boysen takes whenever his hockey career is complete on the ice.

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Young and McCanney to the NAHL Top Prospects Game: Read more

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Every year, the NAHL holds a showcase for its top uncommitted prospects, and top prospects as asked for by NHL Central Scouting in conjunction with the Robertson Cup. This year the team will see two players, Jonathan Young and Liam McCanney suit up for their division as two uncommitted players ready to showcase to the NCAA why they both deserve Division One offers in a year that has been even more tough for them to be secured. Both are high energy, and effort players who can defend in their own end, with potential scoring upside in the future.

From Head Coach Bryan Eriskon, he commented on the even at large:

“It’s unfortunate that we only got 2 non goalie selections but that is a by product of not having a successful season as far as wins and losses go. But Liam and Jonathan are so deserving (as we thought a lot of players were). We are deep in the process with both and I think for anyone without a D1 commitment at this point it will be very hard. But all we can do is keep making the calls and seeing where schools are at.”

On Liam and Young’s next steps he said ” And then Liam and Younger need to go out and perform at a high level in front of all of the Coaches that will be there as we expect every school to have a representative in the building. I am happy for them both and happy that they will get the chance to perform in front of D1 schools finally. The Portal, Covid, the 5th year of eligibility,… (programs like RMU shutting down and UAH suspending their play). Now that they can see Liam and Younger in person we hope they can find a fit.”

On Anton Castro playing for the NHL Central Scouting team, Erikson added

” And Anton Castro will be representing us as well as a selection by Central Scouting. Hugo Haas was also selected but he is unable to get back into the country for the games. But we are thrilled for Anton and really looking forward to seeing him showcase his skills in front of NHL teams. ”

This weekend, although the Generals team will not be playing in Blaine, multiple players of theirs will be, all of them looking to prove they have what it takes to earn and offer, or in Castro’s situation, be selected by an NHL team next month.

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