In what can only be seen as an absolutely shocking development the USPHL’s Richmond Generals have decided to not continue playing the 2023-2024 season.
Having recently experienced a blowout loss of 10 to 2 from the Patomac Patriots on Sunday December 3rd, the Generals had a full compliment of players for the contest.
More shocking is that the Richmond Generals are not folding one, but two teams. The Generals Premier team had a record of 6 wins and 14 losses, but they were certainly not the worst team in the USPHL Prmier, and still had a chance of making the playoffs.
The Generals Elite team was competitive as well with a record of 6 wins, 12 loses and 1 overtime loss. They had a smaller roster last weekend with 16 skaters and two goalies, but nothing close to being emergency level roster size.
The Richmond Generals Elite team began competing in 2011, and the Premier team in 2014. They have a long standing history of winning, and moving players up to higher levels. Among their alumni are several NCAA D-1 and NHL players.
To say that the junior hockey world is surprised is an understatement. Multiple text messages and emails began coming in over night, and no one has any idea of what may have happened to bring this around. Strangely though, there have been no updates to the Generals website in months.
Making this more unusual, is that the Generals operate their own development program with teams in the U18, U16, and lower divisions of youth hockey.
Messages to Richmond Generals staff have not been returned as of this writing.