The Flint Jr. Generals have announced that six players from this past season’s team will be continuing their careers at the junior and college levels next season.
Goaltender Peter Emery and forward Nate Scurfield will be playing for Division III Lawrence University, forward Mason Bohlinger will also be in the D-III ranks with Bethel University, forwards Charlie Chamberlain and Tyler Kennedy are off to the ACHA Niagara University squad, and defenseman Caleb O’Brien has been tendered by the Aberdeen Wings of the North American Hockey League.
“The Generals also have more kids that we believe will be either drafted or possibly tendered in the upcoming weeks,” said Flint head scout Doug Bailey.
Emery went 10-4-2 in his time with the Jr. Generals, along with a .920 save percentage and a 2.40 goals-against average. He also recorded two assists.
“He will be missed not only from a goaltending aspect, but his invaluable input within the confines of the dressing room,” said Bailey.
Scurfield joined the Lawrence squad at the midseason mark after scoring 12 goals and adding 14 assists during his abbreviated season with the Generals. He started the year with the NAHL’s Traverse City North Stars.
“Nate was our first recipient to move up the hockey world ladder and his contributions to our squad were missed, but greatly appreciated,” Bailey said.
Scurfield joins his older brother, Brad, at Lawrence.
Bohlinger came to Flint via an early-season trade with the now-defunct Grand Rapids team.
“Mason was brought here for his leadership and he didn't disappoint,” said Bailey. “His stats of 10 goals and 14 assist didn't measure the solid teammate this young man became. With his solid academic background and work ethic, Mason will be a great addition to Bethel.”
Chamberlain and Kennedy will continue as teammates in western New York next year.
“Charlie came out of nowhere from playing low-level Midget AA hockey to having a fine and prosperous season,” said Bailey of the 14-goal scorer. “Kennedy’s seven goals and seven assists don't measure the contributions he made during his tenure here. He will be a contributor with his solid defensive game and hard work for the Purple Eagles. His input in the dressing room was also invaluable.”
O’Brien enjoyed time with Aberdeen this past season by skating with the Wings for a four-day stretch, but didn’t see any game action.
“This season, Caleb became one of the elite shutdown defensemen in the NA3HL,” remarked Bailey. “His evolvement from a gangly, tall and thin kid to a strong defenseman was great to watch. Caleb excelled because of hard work and desire, traits which will hold him in good hands when he joins the Wings for next season.”
Flint finished 21-21-1-2 this past season, just three points out of the final playoff spot in the NA3HL standings.