Programs and Teams

Program History & Overview

The Jr. Generals is a non-profit organization, founded in 1989, to promote citizenship, sportsmanship, fellowship, and physical development among the youth of Eugene (OR), Springfield and the Willamette Valley. LAHA accomplishes this by sponsoring and promoting organized ice hockey for boys and girls ranging from 4 to 18 years of age. We are in compliance with the rules and regulations of USA Hockey and the Oregon State Hockey Association (OSHA).

All hockey activity takes place at the Lane County Ice Arena located at the Eugene Fairgrounds, 796 West 13th Avenue. Lane County Ice Center is a regulation sized ice arena with multiple locker rooms, lobby, and the Rink Exchange for your snack and beverage needs.

Players have the opportunity to be on the ice two to three times per week with some of the ice times shared between teams. Check out the programs for your player's age group to find practice times. Team schedules are also posted on the Eugene Jr. General's bulletin board in the ice rink lobby.

The Jr. Generals program follows the guidelines of the USA Hockey American Development Model:

"The American Development Model (ADM) provides age-appropriate guidelines and curriculum to hockey associations across America to help more kids play, love and excel in hockey. Brought to you by USA Hockey, in partnership with the NHL."

In hockey, as with many sports, players are divided by age group for the purpose of practice and competition. The age of the player is based on calendar year.

All divisions are co-ed and teams have both male and female players.

LAHA can be viewed as having up to three programs and interests in several others.  The programs of LAHA are to be considered flexible, as they are dependent on the number of players in the Association, the skill levels of the players, the desires of the players and parents and the financial strength of the organization.  

The core program of LAHA is the House Program, which provides entry and mid-level skills development, games and experiences.

The travel or “rep” program is for high level skills and competition with an eye to compete for State, Regional and National titles.  These are typically referred to as Tier II and Tier I, or A and AA.  These “rep” teams must be claimed as per OSHA guidelines and player numbers. 

A third program is our Special Hockey Program.  This program provides an on ice experience with a hockey base to developmentally challenged players.  Special Hockey Program operates with a high coach/player ratio.

Another LAHA interest is the Intro To Hockey Program, organized and conducted by The Rink Exchange.  This program provides a basic introduction of hockey to players who have limited or no skating experience.