RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — Richmond’s own hockey team, the Richmond Generals brought home their first USPHL Championship title at the junior hockey level as they defeated Tampa Bay, 5-2.
Under the guidance of Coach R.C. Lyke, the team is looking forward to trying to repeat. Coach Lyke said was not surprised that it was this year’s squad that got the job done.
“Everyone bought into the rules and everyone bought into what the plan was from day one and what we discussed and everyone took it and did what they were supposed to do,” Coach Lyke said.
Just as the Washington Capitals are looking for a repeat of their Stanley Cup, the race is on for the Generals to do just that. Despite the season just ending in March, the work has already gotten started.
Generals President, Brad Robinson says, “Every year it’s like that, we end the season and right away the work begins for the next season.”
Coach Lyke also knows that the team will carry weight with the depth from last year, but also new players who are hungry to be a part of a championship team.
“We are going to be the in our division the only team in the league with the largest amount of core players that have won that championship. I feel that both of our teams next year again like always will have a chance to win the whole thing,” Lyke said.