Oceanside Generals looking to locals for next season
The Save-On-Foods Oceanside Generals have added another local name to their commitment list heading into next season.
Ben Mohl, a 15-year-old from Qualicum Beach, played on the Midget Generals with Jarrett Weme, and has committed for next season. Mohl is looking forward to suiting up for the hometown team.
“It’s exciting to think about it. Having the chance to play for the Generals is something I’ve been wanting to do for a while now,” Mohl said. “Being in a position like this to have that chance is a dream come true and I’m really stoked about it.”
Mohl has been in contact with head coach Jason Johns about his chances for next season and likes what he’s heard.
“To be able to have that chance to play my first year of junior hockey here is awesome,” he said. “I’m going to make sure I work as hard as I can coming up in spring training so I can show that I belong on this team at the start of the upcoming season.”
Mohl describes himself as an energy player, not someone with finesse but someone who plays a gritty game and does the dirty work.
“I like to play the physical style of game for sure, not so much a finesse guy but I like to get in on the play and throw the body around,” Mohl said. “It’s fun to play the game that way and I know that every team needs to have someone like that in their lineup to balance things out a little bit.”
Joining Mohl as committed players for the Generals heading into this season are Jarrett Weme and Josh Harvey, 16 from Port Alberni. Both Harvey and Weme had a chance to see action last season with the Generals and are looking forward to spending an entire season with the team.
“It was nice to get in there last year for the seven games I was able to play with them,” Harvey said. “I played one game of Junior A last year too, so I sort of had an idea of what I was getting into last year when I got the call so that was nice. I’m excited about the chance to have a full season here though. I learned a lot from Bill Bestwick and Rob Gaudreault so I’m looking forward to putting that together.”
For Weme, the chance to play in front of the hometown crowd, much like Mohl, is something he’s been waiting for. And it’s extra special for Weme thanks to the jersey and the number he will be wearing next season.
“When I got called up last year, the number eight was open and I was happy about that,” Weme said. “My friend, Lukas Whibley, passed away and that was the number he wore, so to be able to wear this number in his honour really means a lot to me and I’m happy I get to do it in an Oceanside Generals uniform.”