On the heals of being announced as the Head Coach for the NAHL Selects team at the Top Prospects tournament in Plymouth, Michigan, the Northeast Generals are excited to announce a two year contract extenstion for Head Coach Joe Lovell. Lovell took over the Generals in January of 2017 after a historically bad start. Since then things have turned around. After a inagural NAHL (North American Hockey League) season that saw the Generals go 4-53-3 the Generals are having a strong 2017-2018 season. Through 43 games the Generals are 23-18-2 which is a historic turnaround in the league.
"We hired Joe because of his reputation as the best skills guy in New England. We also hired him because of the type of person he is and the way he treats players on and off the ice. He fit in with the player first culture we have been building since day 1. He has brought his immense knowledge of the game to the rink everyday and made the kids better. Not just better in a team setting but better as individual players." said GM and Owner Bryan Erikson
"We really couldn't have hired a better guy. He works very hard, does a great job of getting kids committed to college (18 players in just the first 12 months including 5 D1 commitments) and setting reachable and executable goals for our players. The entire organization turned around the Day we hired Joe." Erikson continued.
The Generals currently sit 2 points out of 2nd place in the East Division after finishing dead last out of 24 teams last year. Lovell being selected as the Head Coach of the NAHL Selects team at the premier Junior Hockey event is an amazing honor for the first full year Coach. The Selects teams is made up of players selected by NHL Central Scouting and will include Generals players Matt Demelis (Northeastern Commit), Brady Gaudette and standout D man Joe Nagle.
"Lovell Hockey has started to become and will continue to be the top feeder system for the Generals. We have had tremendous success with players that have played in the Lovell hockey system from Demelis (Northeastern), Brian Chambers (UMass-Lowell), Gaudette and many others. Joe's proven record of improving players is one of the main reasons he is such a great Coach. We look forward to watching Joe continue to help the Generals improve to one of the best teams in the NAHL."