Generals announce signing of four returning players, 16-year-old blueliner for upcoming season

by Matt Mackinder

The Seaforth Generals are deep in recruiting mode and are excited to announce the resigning of four players from last year's roster. 

Veteran goaltender Spencer Redmond will return for his third tour of duty in the Green and Orange. The 17-year-old Saginaw, Mich., native brings his high intensity and extreme competitive nature back to a Generals roster that looks to build off a strong 2017-18 campaign. Redmond led all players league-wide in the Stars of the Game category. 

Redmond will wear his familiar No. 31 for the Gens in ‘18-‘19.

“Having a goalie with CPJHL experience is an asset to any team, and having someone like Spence who can steal you games is even sweeter,” said Seaforth coach TJ Runhart.

Another recent resigning is Jared Searles. The 17-year-old Stratford, Ont., product netted three goals and added 10 assists in his rookie season. The kid often referred to as “Cereal Box” was the most versatile General in 2017-18.

“He could play forward and defence every other shift for a whole game and not look out of place. He was smart with the puck and a smooth skater. Cereal Box never panicked with the puck - he looked like it was his fifth year of juniors out there,” Runhart had to say about the resigning of No. 93.

The Generals are proud to announce the resigning of the CPJHL’s ironman, Jeremiah Sofea.

The ‘98 born defenseman who hails from Summer Beaver, Ont., will need 15 games to be the first ever CPJHL player to play 100 regular-season games. Sofea scored five goals while adding five assists and 71 penalty minutes in 39 games in ‘17-‘18.
The veteran right-hand shot will be back to help solidify an already great core of leadership. 

“Jerry’s offensive numbers were down last season as he battled a knee injury throughout the season. He never used the injury as an excuse, and I admire him for that. He’s solid core guy; the boys in the room love him and we are more than pleased to announce that Jerry will be back wearing No. 15 this season," Runhart commented

The fourth resigned General is No. 10 Travis Sloan. The 17-year-old defenceman calls Holmesville, Ont., home. Sloan is coming off his first year of junior hockey and after signing with the Generals in October, it certainly to no time at all for Sloan to put the CPJHL on notice with his strong physical game. Sloan notched three goals and 10 assists while amassing 188 penalty minutes in 36 games.

“I’m excited to get back to the grind with the boys. We had a good season last year, but the teams ahead of us have lost a lot of key parts. We should contend for a top spot this season. This league does a great job of giving guys real opportunities to excel and advance their game and I’m happy to be back as a Gen this coming season," said Sloan.

“New Town, New Team, New Threads”

That’s the slogan 16-year-old Dawson Elias has on his mind. The right-handed shooting defenceman is a native of Tuktoyaktuk, Northwest Territories. He is excited to be joining the Generals and fellow Tuk players Luke Steen and Don Kuptana. Dawson will wear No. 89 this season.

Stay tuned as the Generals will announce more player signings in the coming days.