The Northeast Generals of the North American Hockey League are in year 1 with U18 and U16 teams in the NAPHL. It didn’t take long for one to get tendered. 2002 birthyear Defenseman Adam Smith, who joined the Generals this year, has signed the first ever U18 NAPHL tender with the Generals.
The 6’1 200lb Right Shot Dman comes to the Generals after having played for current U18 Head Coach Eric Progen at the Valley Forge Minutemen. “Adam is a strong kid with tremendous character. He thinks the game at a high level and works hard to improve himself everyday. I’m excited to see him get this opportunity to play at the next level.” said Progen.
Bryan Erikson, GM/Head Coach of the Northeast Generals NAHL team has watched Smith for 3 years. “Adam came to one of our open camps as an underage player when the league age out year was the 97 birth year. I was reluctant to have him take part as he was 5 years younger that most of the players. He got out there and just started crushing kids. My nerves quickly turned to intrigue. We talked about what he needed to work on. Then he came the following year and was more impressive but still a tad raw for the league. He would email me the most mature updates, I would meet with him and his Dad when out in MN and the kid would just always impress me. A year ago he came to our Ohio camp and broke his Tibia, and 2 hours later camp back for his exit interview in an air cast. The kid is a bit crazy. And I loved it. Eric has done a tremendous job helping Adam develop. He will be a huge asset to our NAHL D corps next year.”
Information about the Northeast Generals can be found at www.northeastgenerals.com.