Weme happy to play for local fans
The Save-On-Foods Oceanside Generals will be looking to Jarrett Weme to provide some much needed offensive punch next season.
In just the five games he saw last season in a Gens uniform as an affiliate player, Weme managed to have three points (2 goals, 1 assist) and look like a promising player. Looking back at the end of last season, Weme had some positives to take away from his time with the club.
“It was a great learning experience. To get a chance to play with the Generals and show myself that I have what it takes to play at that level, it was a good feeling,” Weme said.
“I’m really excited heading in to this upcoming season and looking forward to showing what I’ve got through an entire season.”
For Weme, 18 from Parksville, the chance to play for the home town Generals was a dream come true last year and he’s looking forward to having a chance at a full season playing in front of the home town crowd.
“It’s nice to be able to play at home, to be playing in the same building I was able to grow up playing in,” Weme said. “Going from watching those Generals teams growing up to being able to suit up for the last year, it’s crazy to think about but I’m really happy I’m going to be doing it next year.”
Having the chance to show his worth towards the end of a forgetful season, which saw the Generals end up in last place while going through four head coaches, Weme suited up for the Generals while donning the number eight on his jersey.
The number eight was worn in honour to his late friend, Lukas Whibley, and will be on his back next season as well.
“That was his number and when I was told I was going to have a chance to play with them, the number was there and I wanted to wear it in his honor,” Weme said.
“It feels good to me to be able to do that. Lukas was a great guy and I’m happy to wear that number to honour and remember him.”
With the hiring of Jason Johns, the Generals team is looking to become more of a “community orientated team” next season and that’s something that Weme likes the sound of.
“I’m really looking forward to it. Having the chance to get out there in front of our fans outside of the arena is going to be great,” Weme said.
“I think it’s a great idea to get some of the people who don’t really follow us that close to really get to know some of the guys on the team and get behind us as a community.”
The Generals are nearing their Spring Camp, which will see Weme and other players looking to show what they’ve got in hopes of cracking the Generals lineup next season. Camp starts May 2nd and runs through to May 4 at Oceanside Place.