James played for the Generals Elite team this year and was the Captain of the Generals USP3 team the season before. James appeared in 48 regular season games at the Elite level this season scoring 4 goals and adding 9 assists for 13 points with 40 PIM. James also appeared in 5 playoff games adding 1 assist for 1 point with 7 PIM. Derco in total between the Generals USP3 and Elite teams has appeared in 127 regular season games scoring 31 goals and adding 52 assists for 83 points with 116 PIM. James also appeared in 11 playoff games scoring 6 goals and adding 3 assists for 9 points with 29 PIM.
Derco on playing for the Generals ," Playing for the Generals has been a great expierence for me. The Generals organization really cares about the development of their players both on and off the ice. I have learned many valuable things about hockey and more importantly life lessons that I will take with me wherever I go. I cant thank the coaching staff enoiugh for what they have done for me in my time with the program. It was truly a pleasure being part of the Generals family and will be something I will never forget ."
Coach Lyke on Derco," James is one of the hardest working players on the ice at any time. Although smaller in size his compete level,toughness, and heart is some of the biggest I have seen. James excels in the tough areas of the ice in the corners ,around the walls,and in front of net. He is extremely strong , physical, and tough to play against . He has a solid skill set with good speed and is always involved physically in games .One of his best features is his character ,he is a natural leader , and is just a great kid to work with both on and off the ice. James had numerous NCAA Division 3 and ACHA Division 1 Offers but felt the school, hockey program , and most importantly education at IUP suited him best. I know he will do well for the Crimson Hawks on the ice next season and wish him the best of luck as he takes his next step in his hockey journey. "
James becomes the 17th Richmond Generals player to commit to a college for next season.He joins former and current Generals players , Max Barr ( University of Arkansas ACHA Division 1 ), Jared Croop ( Williston State College ACHA Division 2 ), Michael Thamert ( Chatham University NCAA Division 3 ), Drew Samson ( Chatham University NCAA Division 3 ), Robert Tibbs (Millersville University ACHA Division 2 ), Jordan Gilbert ( University of Michigan - Dearborn ACHA Division 1 ), Jack Scott ( University of Louisville ACHA Division 1 ), Isaiah Olschewske ( Bryn Athyn NCAA Division 3 ), Derek Schrank ( Chatham University NCAA Division 3 ) Ashton Amaya ( Aurora University NCAA Division 3 ), Alex Storjohann ( Cortland University NCAA Division 3 ), Keegan Spours ( Liberty University ACHA Division 2 ), Jordan Shannon ( University of Kentucky ACHA Division 2 ),Rock Boynton ( Milwaukee School of Engineering NCAA Division 3 ), Phil Marcianti ( William Patterson University ACHA Division 1 ).