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Trocheck Gravitates To Hockey

Tuesday, 07.31.2012 / 11:46 AM ET / News
By Taylor Dorry  - FloridaPanthers.com
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Trocheck Gravitates To Hockey
Forward Vincent Trocheck (Saginaw Spirit)

Like many hockey players, Vincent Trocheck has always dreamt of one day stepping onto the ice to play for an NHL team. So much in fact that he has devoted his whole life to it.

Trocheck has not only been playing but watching and studying hockey for as long as he can remember. It has helped him build the determination and motivation that make him such a hard worker on the ice.

The five-foot-ten Pittsburgh, PA native is known to be a smart and strategic player with good energy. Those skills helped him get selected by the Panthers early in the third round (64th overall) at the 2011 NHL Entry Draft.

“It’s going great the two years that I have been here,” said Trocheck during Development Camp at the beginning of July. “Both development camps have been a lot of fun and there is a great group of guys here.”

Trocheck set off to pursue his hockey career when he moved from Pittsburgh to Detroit at the age of 13. From there he was picked up by the OHL’s Saginaw Spirit. Whether or not he would have made it if he had stayed in Pittsburgh was unknown, but it was a chance he had to take.

“When I moved I had a lot of fun in Detroit” said Trocheck. “I thought I developed a lot so I don’t regret any of it.”

Trocheck, who had 85 points in 65 regular season games with the Spirit in 2011-2012 and 11 points in 12 playoff games, has always been in love with the game.

“Hockey IQ is my main asset, my smarts and my hands. I think that comes back to when I was growing up,” said Trocheck.

Trocheck’s father, Vince Trocheck, was an outstanding high school and college baseball player who once thought that his son would follow in his footsteps.

“He would give me baseball bats and stuff like that” said Trocheck. “Then he figured after I started playing hockey with the bat that it was time.”

Nevertheless his family has been his biggest support system and his father never misses a game.

The transition from minors to the OHL was definitely an adjustment for Trocheck but ultimately geared him up for a higher level of competition.

“There were plenty of older guys that were faster and stronger,” said Trocheck.

Getting used to their style of play took some time but Trocheck is not a stranger to working hard. His 23 point increase from his draft year to this past season can attest to that.

“They (OHL) try to mirror as much off of the NHL as they can with the schedule and the traveling,” said the center. “I think it definitely helped me out to get adjusted.”

Trocheck’s journey to becoming a professional hockey player has been challenging and rewarding. It has led him to the Panthers and he couldn’t be happier.

“Looks like we have a really great future, the papers show that we are the number one future NHL team with all of our prospects” said Trocheck. “I’m looking forward to long years here.”

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STANDINGS

EASTERN CONFERENCE
  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - WSH 82 56 18 8 252 193 120
2 x - PIT 82 48 26 8 245 203 104
3 y - FLA 82 47 26 9 239 203 103
4 x - NYR 82 46 27 9 236 217 101
5 x - NYI 82 45 27 10 232 216 100
6 x - TBL 82 46 31 5 227 201 97
7 x - PHI 82 41 27 14 214 218 96
8 x - DET 82 41 30 11 211 224 93
9 BOS 82 42 31 9 240 230 93
10 CAR 82 35 31 16 198 226 86
11 OTT 82 38 35 9 236 247 85
12 NJD 82 38 36 8 184 208 84
13 MTL 82 38 38 6 221 236 82
14 BUF 82 35 36 11 201 222 81
15 CBJ 82 34 40 8 219 252 76
16 TOR 82 29 42 11 198 246 69

STATS

2015-2016 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
J. Jagr 79 27 39 23 66
J. Jokinen 81 18 42 25 60
A. Barkov 66 28 31 18 59
J. Huberdeau 76 20 39 17 59
V. Trocheck 76 25 28 15 53
R. Smith 82 25 25 19 50
A. Ekblad 78 15 21 18 36
N. Bjugstad 67 15 19 -8 34
B. Campbell 82 6 25 31 31
B. Pirri 52 11 13 -4 24
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
R. Luongo 35 19 6 .922 2.35
A. Montoya 12 7 3 .919 2.18

 
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