Richmond Generals win 2018-19 USPHL Elite Championship
Their road to the finals was never really easy but a big 4-0 win over the New Jersey Hitmen saved them and gave the Richmond Generals Junior Elite team the #2 seed for the crossover semifinals. The team barely made it into the semifinals but once they did, they dominated the Hampton Road Whalers in the semifinal game who were previously undefeated and coming back as last year’s defending champions. The Richmond Generals capped off their season with an outstanding 5-2 win taking home the 2018-19 USPHL Elite Championship title.
A Top Junior Hockey Program Producing All-Stars
The Richmond Generals are also producing some of the most Elite All-Stars, as some players from the Richmond Generals were named the USPHL Elite All Stars South Region Defensemen, Forwards, and Goalies. Some including Alex Walsh from Parker, Colorado an all star defensemen for the Generals with six goals and twenty-six assists ends up with thirty-two points. This put Walsh in the top ten scoring among blueliners. He helped the Generals to the second lowest goals against in the league. Another great asset to the Generals that led them to the championship title was all-star Ryan Creenan from Colonia, New Jersey. Creenan finished second in the league in save percentages among goalies with 900 minutes played. He was also fourth in goals against average.
2019 USPHL Goal Scoring Leader from the Richmond Generals
The Richmond Generals program is also home to the leagues goal-scoring leader Matt Dougherty from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania with 42 goals in 42 games. No other player who played in at least 30 games scored a goal per game. He added 34 assists for 76 points making him fifth in the league. He added eight points in the seven playoff games adding to Richmonds run to the championship title. Another all-star on the ice was Brendan Meyer from Greeley, Colorado. Meyer isn’t a stranger to the Generals program as he is a returning General with a drive. He was a powerplay beast with eight goals and six assists for 14 points. Overall he scored 27 goals and 21 assists for 48 points ranking him in the top 20 league-wide for goals. He was also the first person to score the first goal in the Elite Championship game.
Head Coach R.C. Lyke Only Richmond Generals Coach in Program’s History
Coach R.C. Lyke assumed the role of Head Coach of the Richmond Generals following a seven-year professional, NCAA Division I, and Junior A playing career. Coach Lyke started the Generals Junior program and has been the only Head Coach in the team’s eight-year history.
Coach Lyke has put together a very impressive winning record behind the Generals bench in his 8 years, amassing 452 Wins with 222 Losses and 22 Overtime Losses. In post-season play, Coach Lyke has been equally impressive amassing a record of 29 Wins and 23 Losses. Coach Lyke has guided the Generals to 4 Regular Season Championships, 3 Playoff Conference Championships, and a National Championship in his time behind the Generals bench. Coach Lyke has been nominated for “Coach of the Year” 5 out of his 8 years Coaching the Generals Junior Hockey Program.
PROFESSIONAL PLAYING CAREER
R.C played in the AHL, IHL, UHL, CHL and SPHL. He is no stranger to Richmond having played for the Richmond Riverdogs in the UHL and then spent his last two seasons as the Player Assistant Coach for the Richmond Renegades of the SPHL. Throughout his pro career he earned a reputation as a solid, hard-hitting, tough, defensive defenseman. During his 418 game pro career he accumulated 20 goals, 71 assists, 91 points and 632 PIMs.
NCAA DIVISION I PLAYING CAREER
R.C. attended Mercyhurst University on an NCAA Division 1 athletic scholarship.In his freshmen season he led the team in plus-minus and hits. During his sophomore season he led his team in penalty minutes, plus-minus and hits. He was also bestowed the hardest hitter award by his teammates. His team was able capture the MAAC Championship and a berth in the NCAA tournament eventually falling to perennial powerhouse Michigan.
His junior season saw him lead his team in hits and plus-minus as well as receiving the hardest hitter which was voted on by his teammates. Lyke was recently inducted into the Mercyhurst University Hall of Fame in 2012 for his hockey team’s accomplishments.
JUNIOR HOCKEY PLAYING CAREER
R.C. is very familiar with the USA and Canada Junior Hockey system having played in the METJHL, NAHL,AFHL,OPJHL. He started his junior career in The MET League, suiting up for the New Jersey Devils and was selected to the all-star team that played against the USHL teams his first season.
He was drafted the next year by the Springfield Jr. Blues of the NAHL. As a member of the Blues, he helped capture the NAHL Regular season championship and playoff championship.The team hosted the Junior A National Tournament and placed 3rd at Nationals.
The following season he played for the Bismarck Bobcats of the AFHL and was selected as one of the Captains for the inaugural season.He lead his team in penalty minutes and points for defenseman, earning him a selection as an AFHL all-star and was selected to compete in the prestigious King Of The Hill Tournament.This 3-day tournament showcased the best players from the USHL, NAHL, AFHL, and EJHL in a round robin format.
His last season of junior hockey was with the Syracuse Crunch of the OPJHL Canadian Junior league, where he was chosen as a Captain of the team. He lead his conference and team in 3 categories: points for defenseman, plus-minus, and penalty minutes.For his efforts he was selected as an all-star and received a Division 1 NCAA scholarship to Mercyhurst College.
R.C. Lyke has a strong coaching background which includes 2 years as a Player Assistant Coach in the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL). His professional Coaching record in 2 years in the SPHL with the Richmond Renegades was 59 Wins 47 Losses and 6 Overtime Losses in the Regular season.
Coach Lyke was an Associate Head Coach with the Hudson Valley Empire State Team which competed in the prestigious Empire State Games in New York. The Hudson Valley Team medaled 4 years in a row earning 2 Silver Medals and 2 Bronze Medals in his four years as an Associate Head Coach.
Coach Lyke has run and operated numerous Hockey training camps and schools in the last 20 years. Coach Lyke was an instructor and helped operate the following Hockey camps and schools, North American Hockey Schools, Camp Canada, Army Hockey Camp, and Train Like A Pro. Coach Lyke owned and operated Train Like A Pro which was an on ice and off ice training school for hockey with group and 1 on 1 private instruction.
Over the past 20 years Coach Lyke has worked with numerous players that have moved on to play in Major Junior Hockey CHL,USHL, NAHL,CJHL,NCAA College Hockey(Division 1,2,3),FHL,SPHL,CHL,ECHL,AHL and NHL. Coach Lyke scouts for the following programs, NJ Hitmen (NCDC), Aberdeen Wings (NAHL) and the Carleton Place Canadians (CCHL).
Coach Lyke has been inducted into the Mercyhurst University Athletic Hall of Fame where he attended college and played NCAA Division 1 hockey. Coach Lyke was also inducted to the Suffern High School Hockey Hall of Fame where he attended High School and played high school hockey and lacrosse in Suffern, NY.
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