Upon reflection, it was definitely a season of great memories for Kitchener Rangers rookie forward Alissa General.
Showcasing her skills General impressed with a six goal 10- point regular season in helping the Rangers overcome a slow start and finish seventh overall with a 20-12-5-1regular season record for 46 points.
“We had a bit of a rough start at the beginning of the season but as we grew together, we got stronger,” General said.
The Rangers, who are in the Provincial Women’s Hockey League, or PWHL for short faced a tough playoff battle as they were eliminated in in four games against the Cambridge Advances in first round action. During that series General had a goal.
“From the very first time I ever put that Ranger jersey on up until the very last time, I wore it with pride and determination,” General said. “Every time I had it on I did my best to work hard every second of every shift no matter the circumstances. It was an honor to wear that jersey and to represent such an amazing city and organization and I will definitely miss it that’s for sure. The name on the front of the jersey is by far way more important than the name on the back.”
Eventually after the opening playoff round, league play was stopped due to the coronavirus. Looking back on the season, General also added, “We had many different strengths throughout our team. Everyone had their strengths and weaknesses but as we worked hard on and off the ice together as a team, we eventually really put it all together as one and became strong as a unit at both ends of the ice.” General went on to add, “And this is one of e main things that I found that we improved on the most. Being able to work together on and off the ice as much as possible is the key thing that will lead any team to success.”
Reflecting on her individual game and how she played General commented, “As a player, I feel that one of my biggest strengths is always being aware of my surroundings and being smart with the puck. It’s important to be able to read the plays of your opponent so that you can pressure them into making mistakes which you can in fact capitalize on to create scoring chances. It’s also important to have your head up and make sure that you can see the whole ice and know what your options are when handling the puck so that you can once again, create those scoring opportunities for both yourself and your teammates and that is one thing that I find that I am strong at. However, one thing that I need to work on is being able to get off those quick releases with the puck especially in front of the net.”
Yes sir, the future is bright for General who accomplished one of her many hockey goals when she recently signed on to play at the University level by committing to play for the Western University team.
Without hesitation General mentioned that her favorite female hockey player growing up was Team Canada forward Hayley Wickenheiser. “She is not only an amazing hockey player but an amazing person,” General said.