With their second season in Lacombe behind them, the Generals are really starting to feel at home as they look ahead to their 20th year as an organization. Generals GM Jeff McInnis says it’s great to have a solid home base.
“It’s so nice. For years we were moving around. We were like a gypsy, we were like a circus, going from town to town. We were playing games in Eckville and Rimbey and Bentley and Red Deer and we were always on the road. Our team is so comfortable now in that wonderfully renovated facility and the people come, the fans support it. We’re pretty happy with everything in Lacombe.”
As part of it’s 20th season, the team will also be hosting the 2019 Allan Cup Championship. It’s a challenge that McInnis is looking forward to.
“We’re confident in our group because we did host it once before though we didn’t host it at home, we hosted it in Red Deer when we were in Bentley. We think we’re going to be able to put on quite show next year. We think we have so many great volunteers and such a great facility. That leads yourself to being able to put on quite an experience for everybody.”
The GM also says that a lot of the credit for the success of the organization over the years goes to the fans.
“We notice when we go on the road...you know how nice your house is when you go in your neighbour’s house. So we feel quite fortunate to have generated over the past nineteen seasons a fan base. And some teams don’t have that, they don’t have fans. They’ll have casual observers, people that come but they don’t know they don’t know the players in and out. We have fans that know our men, know our people so we truly have fans. We have people who are passionate about it, who believe in it, who know the ins and the outs of its and we see that on the other teams maybe they don’t have that as match.”
Next up for the Generals will be their annual golf tournament fundraiser in late August to open what’s sure to be a busy and fun-filled season as they head towards hosting the Allan Cup tournament next April.